Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s mission is to bring together communities and volunteers to build, maintain, and advocate for an enduring footpath connecting North Carolina’s natural, historic, and cultural treasures and to ensure that all people feel welcome on the trail. 

 

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.

Advocacy

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.

Fundraising

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

Join us to build and care for the trail.

Become a Member
Volunteer
Executive Director

Brent Laurenz
919-995-3324
blaurenz@mountainstoseatrail.org

Associate Director

Betsy Brown
919-518-1713
bbrown@mountainstoseatrail.org

Trail Resource Manager

Jim Grode
828-231-6522
jgrode@mountainstoseatrail.org

Operations Manager

Elizabeth Hipps
919-412-6671
ehipps@mountainstoseatrail.org

Membership and Engagement Coordinator

Sherri Seagroves
336-684-2058
sseagroves@mountainstoseatrail.org

Coastal Crescent Project Manager

Ben Jones
828-551-1545
bjones@mountainstoseatrail.org

President

Marcia Bromberg, Asheville • email

Vice President

Heather Cotton, Black Mountain •  email

Secretary

Tammy Proctor, Hampsteademail

Treasurer

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