Mountains-to-Sea Trail – Check the Map

This past Monday, I hiked the whole Black Mountain Trail in Pisgah National Forest.

Pisgah - MST wrong signComing down the trail, I was surprised to see a brown carsonite sign with a white MST sign. The official MST is miles away around the Blue Ridge Parkway. Where did this sign come from? It looked very official.

Once upon a time, there was an MST alternate. Years ago, as the MST around the Parkway was being built, Friends of the MST and Carolina Mountain Club designated other trails to guide hikers through Pisgah.Pisgah - MST Alternate The MST Alternate was marked with blue circles. Obviously some circles turned out to be marked white.

A couple of years ago, the MST Alternate was decommissioned. There was no need for it. The official MST was now fully built in the Pisgah District and signed correctly. You can find the details in Walt Weber’s book.

But somehow the signs were never corrected. I’m going to alert the officials in Pisgah District but I’m not going to hold my breath on them replacing the  the signs any time soon.

Get a map. Don’t get lost.

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