Mountains-to-Sea Trail Growing Across North Carolina

Reedy Fork Farm on the MST
Reedy Fork Farm on the MST

 

A few weeks ago, Milestone Press asked me to suggest changes for Hiking the Carolina Mountains. The book is on its sixth printing and it’s updated before each printing.

I looked at what I had written about the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in 2006. before its first printing. At that time, the trail was “over 900 miles”. Now it’s 1,100 miles. I also said

Only eight people have walked its full length.

Now over 45 people have completed the Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina. Unlike in 2006, there are websites, blogs and personal accounts of walking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. We’ve had veterans walking off the war on the MST. The trail was featured on a program, Highway to the Future, shown on UNC-TV. The MST has even been a day sponsor on WCQS, the Asheville NPR station.

Kate Dixon
Kate Dixon

Much of that credit goes to Kate Dixon, Executive Director of Friends of the  Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Kate seems to be everywhere in North Carolina, talking up the trail and conferring with state officials on its future – the trail is a North Carolina state trail.

And now the state is funding a Master Plan which “will chart a path toward designation of remaining planned portions of the Mountains to Sea State Trail. The master plan will describe the trail sections to be designated, unify regional planning efforts, recommend priorities for preparing plans for logical sub-sections of the trail, outline potential partners and their roles, identify funding strategies and sources, and provide tools for segment managers.”

Friends of the MST
Friends of the MST

The state wants our input – and with 18 task forces, it will get input. So what can you do?

First, if you’re not a member of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, join and become a member. Remember, the most important thing is to show up and be counted.

You’ve joined? Great! Tomorrow, the next step to getting involved.

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