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The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is North Carolina’s state hiking trail.

It stretches 1175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, stopping at many of our state’s most beautiful places along the way.

What is the MST? The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is as diverse as North Carolina. Along the trail, you may see mountain vistas, rolling Piedmont farms, picture postcard colonial towns, weathered tobacco barns, old textile villages, country churches, rushing mountain streams, coastal swamps, hardwood and pine forests, lighthouses, sand dunes, miles of seashore, and friendly people. 680 miles of the route are on trail, and connecting backroads and an optional paddle route allow hikers to trek across the state.

What can the MST mean to you? It may mean a short walk with your family near your home.  It may mean a weekend backpacking trip with friends. Or it may mean a challenging, inspiring trek of 1175 miles across North Carolina.  However you experience the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the beauty of North Carolina will fill you with wonder and joy.

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the growing community of members and volunteers who support the trail, an official unit of the North Carolina State Park System. We work statewide building and maintaining trail, encouraging communities to create new sections of trail, and helping people hike it. You can get involved and help support the trail.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Hikes the MST

News

2016 MST Photo Contest Winners Announced

Our panel of judges has now selected the winning photographs in the 2016 Photo Contest. Friends receives so many interesting, beautiful and unexpected shots that represent the wide range of MST environments and experiences.

Upcoming Events

Sep
30
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ River Forest Park
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ River Forest Park
Sep 30 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ River Forest Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
Meet at 9am and work until 4pm. We will work on trimming, removing trash and trail tread work. Wear boots or solid shoes or boots and appropriate work clothes. Bring water, lunch and work gloves. Tools will be provided. To attend this workday and/or to be added to the Eno River workday notification email list, please contact[...]
all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday & Natio...
Falls Lake Trail Workday & Natio...
Sep 30 all-day
Falls Lake Trail Workday & National Public Lands Day
We will split into project groups and work on the following: General trail maintenance on Sections 11-23 in Durham County, including cutting branches and logs, dragging logs off trail, removing trash, raking the trail, removing small saplings from trail tread, filling holes and leveling the trail tread. Major bridge work in Section 13 at Rolling View to[...]
Oct
10
Tue
6:00 pm Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adventures on the MST: An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States
Join other trail enthusiasts to learn about and celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis. Jennifer, a world-renowned hiker, author, and speaker, hiked the Appalachian Trail in 46 days in 2011. From August to November 2017, she will be hiking all 1175 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST), from the Great Smokies to the[...]
Oct
14
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Oct 14 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Details TBA To attend this workday, or be added to the Upper Haw River workday notification message, please contact Greg Yahn at gregyahn99@gmail.com.
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MST 40th Anniversary

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