Exciting news from Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
As you may know, many miles of the MST are still on the road. They’re small roads but still, the familiar white MST circles aren’t there, as they are in the woods. But signage is coming, thanks to the hard work of Friends of the MST.
The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has approved signs for MST sections that are now on the road. At the request of the NC General Assembly, NCDOT’s State Signing and Delineation staff released a signage plan to allow Friends of the MST to install MST signs along roads that form the “current route” that hikers follow in areas where trail has not yet been built.
The current route of the MST includes 620 miles of trail and 530 miles of connecting roads. The image on the left shows what the signs will look like on the road sections.
As new trail is built, FMST will shift the road route. The signs help hikers navigate across the state. There will be sections on the road for a long, long time.
“We are excited about the increased visibility these signs will give the MST statewide and particularly in communities where we hope to see additional trail built,” says Kate Dixon,Executive Director of Friends of the MST.
FMST volunteers are starting to work with each NCDOT Division to complete the paperwork to install the signs.
But there’s a big BUT. The state approved the signs but isn’t providing them. FMST has to pay for them The organization will be raising money to purchase signs.
Wouldn’t it be cool if each task force across the state bought one or more signs, as a start? Maybe there could even be a small acknowledgement on the back of the sign for the group or individual who bought a particular sign.
If you would like to help, please contact Kate Dixon, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-698-9024.