Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s mission is to bring together communities and volunteers to build a simple footpath connecting North Carolina’s natural treasures for the enjoyment and education of people.

Trail Building and Maintenance

Hundreds of volunteers build and maintain trail across the state.

Helping People Enjoy the Trail

We spread the word to people who love trails and North Carolina and help them find ways to use, care for and extend the trail. We are the primary source of information about how to hike the trail through this website and printed trail guides.

Improving the Trail Route

We work to improve the hiking experience – identifying and opening campsites, providing interesting routes on quiet backroads to connect sections of completed trail, recruiting “trail angels” who can help thru-hikers on their statewide treks. We work with State Parks, local governments and nonprofit land trusts to help them acquire more land to build new sections of trail.


We help elected officials – local, state and federal – understand the value of the trail for recreation, quality of life, the economy and environment. We explain how our governments can help make it happen.


We encourage individuals and businesses to contribute financially to support the trail.

Meet our Business Partners

Join us to build and care for the trail.

Become a Member


Executive Director

Kate Dixon

Outreach Manager

Betsy Brown

Trail Resource Manager

Jim Grode

Allen de Hart, Founder of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, 1926-2016 | Photo © Randy Johnson

Allen de Hart, Founder of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, 1926-2016 | Photo © Randy Johnson


Steve Metcalf, Weaverville • email

Vice President

Bill Scott, Clinton • email


Chris Grams, Raleigh • email


Marcia Bromberg, Asheville • email

Millie Chalk, Morehead City • email
Tiffiny Consoli, Raleigh • email
Jay Coward, Sylva • email
Howard Lee, Chapel Hill • email
Les Love, Weaverville • email
Johnny Massey, Garner • email
Carolyn Mejia, Wilmington  • email
Tammy Proctor, Burgawemail
B Townes, Boomer • email
Greg Yahn, Greensboro • email