Posted on July 16, 2018

Explore North Carolina’s Trail One Step At A Time

trail one step at a time

Explore North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail one step at a time. Did you know that the Mountain’s-to-Sea Trail stretches almost 1200 miles across North Carolina from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks? Almost 700 miles of footpath are completed. Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours each year to planning and blazing the trail one step at a time.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail showcases the diversity of North Carolina’s natural beauty from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. It takes about 2,112,00 footsteps to complete, making it North Carolina’s longest marked footpath. It passes through four national parks and two national wildlife refuges.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail will be celebrating its 41st birthday the weekend of September 7 to 9 (in 2018) with a Birthday Hike Weekend. Visit the trail’s website to stay up-to-date with the latest information and to learn how to become a volunteer.

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Segments:

  • 1A Peak to Peak: Clingman’s Dome to Waterrock Knob: Great Smoky Mountains Route (68.9 miles; strenuous; hiking. 2+ campsites)
  • 1B Peak to Peak: Clingman’s Dome to Waterrock Knob: River Valley Route (49.5 miles; strenuous; hiking, road biking, trail communities on route, 2+ campsites)
  • 2 The Balsams: Waterrock Knob to Pisgah Inn  (61.0 miles; strenuous; hiking, 2+ campsites)
  • 3 The High Peaks and Asheville: Pisgah Inn to Black Mountain Campground (67.7 miles; strenuous; hiking, trail communities on route)
  • 4 Gorges, Peaks, & Waterfalls: Black Mountain Campground to Beacon Heights (75.2 miles; moderate to strenuous; hiking, 2+ campsites)
  • 5 The High Country: Beacon Heights to Devils Garden Overlook (90.3 miles; easy to moderate; hiking, horseback riding, trail communities on route)
  • 6 The Elkin Valley: Devils Garden Overlook to Pilot Mountain State Park (67.4 miles; easy to strenuous; hiking, paddling, road biking, ADA accessible sections, trail communities on route)
  • 7 The Sauratown Mountains: Pilot Mountain State Park to Hanging Rock State Park (36.0 miles; moderate to strenuous; hiking, 2+ campsites, horseback riding)
  • 8 Rivers, Railroads, & Lakes: Hanging Rock State Park to Bryan Park (64.0 miles; easy to moderate; hiking, road biking, ADA accessible sections, trail communities on route)
  • 9 Revolution & Textiles: Bryan Park to Eno River State Park (60.1 miles; easy; hiking, road biking, ADA accessible sections, trail communities on route)
  • 10 Eno River & Falls Lake: Eno River State Park to Falls Lake Dam (77.6 miles; easy to moderate; hiking, 2+ campsites)
  • 11A to 16A The Neuse River Paddle Route: Falls Lake Dam to Neusiok Trail (216 miles; moderate; paddling, trail communities on route)
  • 11B Neuse River Greenways & The Let’Lones: Falls Lake Dam to Howell Woods (68.5 miles; easy; hiking, road biking, ADA accessible sections, trail communities on route)
  • 12B Agricultural Heartland: Howell Woods to Suggs Mill Game Land (63.9 miles; easy; hiking, road biking, trail communities on route)
  • 13B Carolina Bay Country: Suggs Mill Pond Game Land to Singletary Lake State Park (38.8 miles; easy; hiking, trail communities on route)
  • 14B Land of History: Singletary Lake State Park to Holly Shelter Game Land (70.6 miles; easy; hiking, road biking, ADA accessible sections, trail communities on route)
  • 15B The Onslow Bight & Jacksonville: Holly Shelter Game Land to Stella (89.9 miles; easy to moderate; hiking, ADA accessible sections, trail communities on route)
  • 16B The Croatan: Stella to Neusiok Trail (46.4 miles; easy; hiking, 2+ campsites, trail communities on route)
  • 17 The Neusiok Trail & Cedar Island: The Neusiok Trail to Cedar Island Ferry (69.1 miles; easy to moderate; hking, 2+ campsites, road biking, trail communities on route)
  • 18 The Outer Banks: Cedar Island Ferry to Jockey’s Ridge State Park (81.5 miles; moderate; hiking, 2+ campsites, trail communities on route)



Just like the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, our relaxing North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn members are located across the state. Enjoy the luxury and comfort of our lodging accommodations as you explore the beautiful trail one step at a time.