Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Do you love North Carolina? Do you love hiking?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, there is a new trail especially built for you.

The new Mountains-to-Sea Trail was completed last year and stretches from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. That’s nearly 1,000 miles of scenic trail!

Here in the High Country, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway, allowing for many access points along that scenic highway.

MTS Trail volunteers have worked for more than a decade cutting trees, clearing trails and building bridges over gullies and creeks to make the trail accessible to hikers of all levels. At many places along the trail in the High Country, it meets up with other popular trails such as the Boone Fork Trail and Tanawha Trail.

For more information, visit

For an interactive map of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, visit

  • By Thomas Sherrill
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If you’re hiking a trail in the High Country near the Blue Ridge Parkway, chances are you’ll see a white circle painted on a tree.

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