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Photo: Robert Stephens

Celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

The MST stretches nearly 1000 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks over rugged Blue Ridge mountains and Piedmont foothills, through swamps and pocosins in the coastal plain, and along remote beaches of the Outer Banks.

This year is the 40th anniversary! To honor the incredible impact the MST has on our state, Great Outdoor Provision is upping our annual May fundraising efforts. This year, we have an MST Collection in the shop, and proceeds from that shop – through the rest of 2017! – go to benefit the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Our MST Collection

Great Outdoor Provision Co. is a supporter of the expansion and maintenance of the trail. Part of North Carolina’s renowned state park system, the trail crosses land managed by a diversity of federal, state and local agencies. Along the way, it passes through many small, historic towns which allow hikers to experience the culture and friendliness of North Carolina’s people as well as its extraordinary natural beauty.

MST Month Events

The MST is part of North Carolina’s renowned state park system, and the trail crosses land managed by a diversity of federal, state and local agencies. Along the way, it passes through many small, historic towns which allow hikers to experience the culture and friendliness of North Carolina’s people as well as its extraordinary natural beauty.

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the vibrant citizen support group which raises money and organizes volunteers to build, protect and promote the trail. They work all over North Carolina building and maintaining trail, encouraging communities to create new sections of trail, and helping people hike it. In July 2011, Outside magazine voted the MST the “Best Through-Hike You’ve Never Heard Of” in its feature on America’s Best Trails. You can get involved and help support the trail through Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Plan your hikeBecome a memberVolunteer. And start exploring North Carolina, one step at a time!

Fun Facts About the MST

  • Highest elevation: 6,684 feet —on Mt. Mitchell
  • Lowest elevation: sea level — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Takes approximately 2,112,000 footsteps to complete
  • Includes three ferry rides
  • 1026 volunteers worked more than 18,000 hours to build and maintain the trail in 2010
  • The Mountains-to-Sea Trail showcases the diversity of North Carolina’s natural beauty from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean

photo: Cassidy Ford

AT A GLANCE: The Mountains-to-Sea-Trail

Interesting Stories About the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

A Walk in the Woods, part II: Great trails for beginning hikers

Picking the right trail for your first outing is crucial.

Big Dig Completes Watauga Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Enjoy this fantastic video by Randy Johnson about this year's Big Dig in Watauga County....

900+ miles later, Diane Van Deren reaches Jockey’s Ridge

Diane completes the MST in 22 days, 5 hours and 3 minutes after leaving Clingman’s Dome on the Tennessee border.

A taste of North Carolina adventure

Craggy mountaintops, great views and a sense of being in a much less civilized locale.