The NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail – a great way to discover North Carolina

MST 40th Anniversary

The NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail is North Carolina’s premier hiking trail. The North Carolina state trail stretches 1150 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, stopping at many of our state’s most beautiful places along the way.

What can the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail mean to you? It may mean a short walk or hike with your family  near your house, in the mountains, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or along the sea. It may mean a weekend backpacking trip. Or it may even mean a challenging, inspiring trek to hike the entire length of the 1150-mile NC state trail. However you experience the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the beauty of North Carolina from Jockey’s Ridge to Clingman’s Dome, will fill you with wonder and joy.

Friends of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the growing group of citizens and volunteers who support the trail, an official unit of the NC State Park system. We work all over North Carolina building and maintaining trail, encouraging communities to create new sections of trail, and helping people hike it. You can get involved and help support the trail through Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Plan your hike. Become a member. Volunteer. And start exploring North Carolina, hiking in the mountains, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, through the piedmont, through the sandhills of Eastern NC or along the sea shore, one step at a time! Can’t find the information you were looking for on this site? Email us:

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