Great Day Hikes on North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail

By Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Edited by Jim Grode

Edited by Jim Grode

248 pp., 6 x 9, 40 color plates, 41 maps, 1 table, appends., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5485-0
    Published: March 2020
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5486-7
    Published: February 2020

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The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is an 1,175-mile destination trail that crosses North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks. It traverses 37 counties, 7 national parks and forests, and nearly a dozen state parks and historic sites. This is the first-ever guide to day hikes along the crown jewel of North Carolina foot trails. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or new to the outdoors, this official guide from Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is your go-to companion for exploring all the trail has to offer, showcasing everything from scenic mountain vistas to surprising escapes in the state's Piedmont region and the wonders of coastal plain pocosins.

Features include

- 40 hikes carefully chosen to appeal to hikers of all experience levels

- Helpful hike finder feature to identify the perfect hikes for birding, waterfalls, history, universal accessibility, and more

- Turn-by-turn guidance and key points of interest for each hike

- Full-color maps and photographs

- Helpful information about the trail's history and ongoing development

About the Authors

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a nonprofit organization that brings together communities and volunteers to build, maintain, and improve the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
For more information about Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, visit the Author Page.

Jim Grode is the trail resource manager for Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
For more information about Jim Grode, visit the Author Page.


“This newest guidebook presents a greatest hits for North Carolina’s flagship hiking trail by the people who collectively know the trail the best. . . . The Friends chose a balance of settings - wilderness, farmland, small towns and cities - with selections geared toward all levels of experience.”—Winston-Salem Journal

“Meticulously organized and user friendly—whether those friends are new to outdoor treks or seasoned hikers. Offering 40 hikes that are grouped and move through the three geographical regions of the state, each detailed journey is a self-contained adventure including a hike summary with notes such as degree of difficulty and trail type, hike overview, driving directions, hike directions, and full-color maps and photos.”—Mountain Times

“The book features 40 hikes carefully chosen to appeal to hikers of all experience levels—and I mean all experiences. . . . The book showcases what is beyond Black Mountain Campground. It features historic and natural features which will interest those who love WNC but have never explored beyond Mt. Mitchell. . . . To help hikers, there are turn-by-turn guidance, full-color maps and photographs.” —Hiker to Hiker<.i>

“As the first-ever comprehensive guide to ‘day hikes along the crown jewel of North Carolina foot trails,’ this will be required reading for anyone who wants to trek any part of the mountains-to-sea journey. It highlights 40 trails that each showcase part of the essence of the state in their own way.”—WNC Magazine

“This new guide to hikes along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) showcases single-day trips that highlight the features and diversity of the 1,175-mile trail. . . . A terrific reference to have on hand.”—Carolina Mountain Life

"Well organized and easy to use, this guide fills a niche that has long needed filling."—Leonard Adkins, author of Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway