Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s trail guides provide all the information needed to complete each of the 18 trail segments and alternate paddle route, including detailed hiking directions, going both east and west; information about where to get supplies, lodging, camping, food, and water along the trail; and trailheads, complete with GPS coordinates. Visual cues in the directions make it easier to plan shorter backpacking trips and day hikes.

The convenient PDF format is easy to carry and read on the trail and quick to update, so it always has the latest route information.

Current members of Friends of the MST receive unlimited free access to digital trail guides, including updates. (See our instructions for accessing the trail guides here.) For 2021, all members who have donated $35 or more receive this benefit. For more information about becoming a member, visit our membership page.

Non-members can purchase any or all guides through our online store (see links below).

To learn more about the location of each trail segment, visit the Trail Segments page of this website or click on the checkbox “trail segments” on the interactive Google map.

Please send comments and suggestions about the guides to Jim Grode, Trail Resource Manager, at jgrode@mountainstoseatrail.org.

Mountains

Segment 1

Peak to Peak: Clingmans Dome to Waterrock Knob
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Segment 2

The Balsams: Waterrock Knob to Pisgah Inn
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Segment 3

The High Peaks and Asheville: Pisgah Inn to Black Mountain Campground
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Segment 4

Gorges, Peaks & Waterfalls: Black Mountain Campground to Beacon Heights
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Segment 5

The High Country: Beacon Heights to Devils Garden Overlook
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Piedmont

Segment 6

The Elkin Valley: Devils Garden Overlook to Pilot Mountain State Park
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Segment 7

The Sauratown Mountains: Pilot Mountain State Park to Hanging Rock State Park
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Segment 8

Rivers, Railroads & Lakes: Hanging Rock State Park to Greensboro’s Bryan Park
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Segment 9

Revolution & Textiles: Greensboro’s Bryan Park to Eno River State Park
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Segment 10

Eno River & Falls Lake: Eno River State Park to Falls Lake Dam
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Coastal Plain and Outer Banks

Segment 11

Neuse River Greenways & the Let’Lones: Falls Lake Dam to Howell Woods
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Segment 11A-16A

The Neuse River Paddle Route: Smithfield to the Neusiok Trail

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Segment 12

Agricultural Heartland: Howell Woods to Suggs Mill Pond
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Segment 13

Carolina Bay Country: Suggs Mill Pond to Singletary Lake State Park
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Segment 14

Land of History: Singletary Lake State Park to Holly Shelter Game Land
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Segment 15

The Onslow Bight & Jacksonville: Holly Shelter Game Land to Stella
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Segment 16

The Croatan and Neusiok Trail: Stella to Oyster Point Campground
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Segment 17

Down East North Carolina: Oyster Point Campground to Cedar Island Ferry
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Segment 18

The Outer Banks: Cedar Island Ferry to Jockey’s Ridge State Park
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Thanks to the following generous donors for grants to help us complete the MST Trail Guides.

Duke Energy Progress rei5000

Ecology Wildlife Foundation