Welcome to the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail
The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail (aka MST) is a continuous off-road trail that will link Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks. A flagship project of the North Carolina State Parks System, currently there are over 600 miles of the planned 1000+ mile route open for use.
Partners across North Carolina are helping to plan and build the trail to link communities together and to serve as the backbone of a growing statewide system of land and water trails. The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation developed the MST Master Plan to help move completion of the planned route forward. The master plan will be used to update the NCParks.gov website.
“I think what makes this dream so compelling is that it represents more than just a hiking trail. This trail embodies a vision, which, little by little, comes more into focus each year. There is, also, a sense of pride—held by citizens and our leaders—of what is best about North Carolina. When it is completed, the trail will showcase North Carolina’s natural and cultural beauty, off the beaten path in the mountains, the Piedmont, the Coastal Plain and the Outer Banks; natural lands and farms; small towns and big cities.”