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Mountains to the Sea (BRP Sections)

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.

We hike this trail in segments.  Each segment is listed in my trail list with it’s own segment title.

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Our Previous Hikes

Twin Falls

Twin Falls is located off a .6 mile spur trail from the main Buckhorn Gap Trail. The falls descend from a horseshoe shaped valley. The first water fall you come to on the left is not one of the “twins.” It is pretty, though. Phil took these pictures of the falls. It is well worth […]

Buckhorn Gap

New trails seem to be “trending” early in this new year. One trail we had not tried yet was in The Avery Creek area that is a great place to hike during the winter months when the parkway is closed. Distance: 3.0 miles to Buckhorn Gap Shelter (6 miles RT) Elevation Gain: 1100 feet Difficulty:  Moderate […]

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