Hiker Resources

Hiker Resources

Trail Angels

The MST is fortunate to have many Trail Angels: friendly people who have volunteered to provide assistance to long-distance hikers ranging from local information to lodging and food.

Shuttle Services

This page lists commercial services that may be available to provide shuttles along the MST and includes all commercial services that we are currently aware of.

Maps, Books & Other Resources

Great Day Hikes on North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail

by Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, edited by Jim Grode

The first-ever guide to day hikes along the crown jewel of North Carolina foot trails, this book features 40 hikes from throughout the state carefully chosen to appeal to hikers of all experience levels. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or new to the outdoors, this official guide from Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is your go-to companion for exploring all the trail has to offer, showcasing everything from scenic mountain vistas to surprising escapes in the state’s Piedmont region and the wonders of coastal plain pocosins. It is available through our store, from UNC Press, or at online or brick-and-mortar bookstores and outdoor stores.

Discovering North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail: A Companion for Hikers and Armchair Explorers

By Jerry Barker, former president of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Jerry Barker takes readers on a unique journey along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s full route, sharing the rich history and stories that live on each segment. Connecting the trail to the Indigenous history of western North Carolina, the long military presence near the Carolina coast, and more, Barker offers a new way to understand and appreciate not only the natural beauty of North Carolina but also its people and history. Dedicated long-distance hikers and day-trippers alike will value and enjoy this armchair guide. It is available through our store, from UNC Press, or at online or brick-and-mortar bookstores and outdoor stores.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a thousand miles through wildness, culture and history

by Danny Bernstein

Danny wrote an account of her MST journey, focusing on the beauty, quirkiness, and vibrancy of the trail. Her book, published by the History Press (2013), is not a hiking guide but will give anyone interested in hiking the trail a great sense of the highlights and challenges of completing the trail. The book is available in bookstores and outdoor stores throughout the state and on Amazon.

Hiking North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail

by Allen de Hart

This guidebook was published in 2000 by the University of North Carolina Press and is available in many bookstores and on Amazon. Although the hiking directions are out of date because new trail is being added every year, the book contains much valuable information about the areas the trail goes through and the history of the trail.

A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

by Heather Houskeeper

A backpacker’s practical guide to identifying and harvesting edible and medicinal plants found along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, complete with recipes to transform them into delicious backcountry meals and snacks. Heather has thru-hiked the MST twice. This guide can be purchased directly from the author at TheBotanicalHiker.blogspot.com. [Note: all information, suggestions and recommendations are made by the author. Friends has not verified the content within and is not endorsing the recommendations as either safe or unsafe for consumption. Also, the harvesting of plants on state or federal lands is restricted. Contact the land managing agency for more details.]

MST Trail Profiles and Maps: From Clingmans Dome to Mount Mitchell and Beyond

by Walt Weber and “the Gang” for the Carolina Mountain Club (3rd Ed.)

This book includes maps and profiles for about half of the mountain sections of the trail. It also includes valuable information about the history and natural features of the trail. The book can be purchased through our store as well as many bookstores and outdoor stores and on Amazon.

From the Blog

Nature Journaling on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

What better way to celebrate a cross country move than by exploring the state you're moving to from end to end on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail? And, what better way to document your journey than by watercoloring what you see and experience along the way? Tessa

New Bayleaf Church Road Trailhead Kiosk Installed

If you've passed through the Bayleaf Church Road area on the Falls Lake section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail lately, you may have noticed a new addition to the trailhead. Friends staff member, Ben Jones, recently designed and built a new trailhead kiosk that we hope

New MST Digital Trail Guides

You may have heard that we’ve been working on a new digital format for our MST Segment Guides to make them more user-friendly and easier to update quickly with the latest route information. We’re excited to announce that we’ve just published the first set of

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