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.

Join us to build and care for the trail.

Become a Member
Executive Director

Brent Laurenz

Outreach Manager

Betsy Brown

Trail Resource Manager

Jim Grode

Operations Manager

Elizabeth Hipps

Coastal Crescent Project Manager

Ben Jones


Marcia Bromberg, Asheville • email

Vice President

Heather Cotton, Black Mountain •  email


Tammy Proctor, Hampsteademail


John Lanman, Blowing Rock • email

Jerry Barker, Raleigh • email
Lynne Bresler, Chapel Hill • email
Carl deAndrade, White Lake, email
Bob Dillard, Southport • email
Julie “Jester” Gayheart, Charlotte • email
Susan Hester, Chapel Hill • email
Larry Humbert, Belmont • email
Randy Johnson, Banner Elk • email
Tammy Kelly, Louisburg • email
Angela Lee, Chapel Hill • email
Les Love, Weaverville • email
Mike Parker, Cherokee • email
Beverly Scarlett, Hillsboroemail

Allen de Hart

Allen de Hart, Founder of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, 1926-2016 | Photo courtesy of Les Love