NC's Mountains-to-Sea Trail


The Mountains-to-Sea Trail showcases the diversity of North Carolina's natural beauty.


A simple footpath stretching almost 1200 miles across North Carolina, from Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is more than just a walk in the woods.


Jim Grode, Trail Resource Manager for Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, on staff since 2016, knows the trail well. Camping and hiking western NC since childhood, and, after two years privately concentrating on hiking the mountain sections, Jim began volunteering with Friends of MST in 2014 to scout and write portions of the trail guide.


Do you want a new experience in hiking, biking, or kayaking to satisfy your craving for adventure? Jim's PowerPoint slide presentation is a tempting invitation to encounter ancient mountains and small Piedmont farms, coastal swamps and colonial towns, changing textile villages and barrier islands. With almost 700 miles of footpath now completed, and temporary routes on backroads and bicycle paths, hikers can follow the trail on an adventure across North Carolina.


North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses Craven County. Many members of the audience plan to first explore the trail along New Bern's waterfront.


An environmental lawyer, a non-profit volunteer and an academic, Jim shares his vast experience with MST discussing the general history, the current status of the trail and why the trail is important to preserve. Click the YouTube video below to watch his presentation.