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Mountains to the Sea

Interactive Map of Mountains to the Sea Trail

Although the trail is still incomplete, the Mountains to the Sea Trail is North Carolina’s longest trail. When completed, it will be over 900 miles long.

Starting at Clingman’s Dome (the highest point in Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). It travels over Mount Mitchell (the highest mountain in the entire Appalachian chain), and through Jockey’s Ridge State Park (the highest sand dune on the East Coast). It’s also the longest trail in the State, and one of the longest in the Appalachian region.

The Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail – the non-profit group which now acts as the trail’s official stewards, – has divided the trail into 7 sections within the Western North Carolina region. This will also be the basis for their upcoming MST Trail Guide. These regions are:

  1. Clingman’s Dome to Waterrock Knob
    Most Difficult, , Hilly, Moderately Rough
    Blaze Color: White
  2. Waterrock Knob to Pisgah Inn
    Most Difficult, , Hilly, Moderately Rough
    Blaze Color: White
  3. Pisgah Inn to Black Mountain Campground
    Most Difficult, , Hilly, Moderately Rough
    Blaze Color: White
  4. Black Mountain Campground to Beacon Heights
    Most Difficult, , Hilly, Moderately Rough
    Blaze Color: White
  5. Beacon Heights to Devil’s Garden Overlook
    Most Difficult, , Hilly, Moderately Rough
    Blaze Color: None (wilderness)
  6. Devil’s Garden Overlook to Pilot Mountain State Park
    Most Difficult, , Hilly, Moderately Rough
    Blaze Color: White
  7. Pilot Mountain State Park to Hanging Rock State Park
    Most Difficult, , Hilly, Moderately Rough
    Blaze Color: White

Although technically, the trail can be hiked as a through-hike, it lends itself to shorter dayhikes linking with other trails that make a nice loop walk. We have several favorite loops that pop on an off the MTS. Our MTS hikes are located along sections 1-3 as described above.

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