NC Culture is working to get some of our series over to the website, and the following information was part of a 4 part series we did a while back. To kick off the series, we had shared some facts about this endeavor to connect the mountains and the sea, and you can also find more detailed information at Friends of the Mountain to the Sea Trail website (They are also responsible for most of our facts listed below being posted.). We’d also like to highly recommend their Facebook page, too, well maintained, with lots of good up to date information on the trail.
Some fun facts to know!
- Is North Carolina’s longest marked footpath
- Is North Carolina’s state trail
- Climbs both the tallest mountain peak and the highest sand dune in the Eastern United States
- Is being built and maintained by trail clubs, local communities and state parks
- Passes through 37 counties
- Showcases the state’s diverse landscape —hardwood forests and tea-colored swamps, fading tobacco crossroads and reviving urban centers, courthouse square towns and rugged gorges, remote lighthouses and mountain overlooks.
- Passes through three national parks and two national wildlife refuges
- Meanders through three national forests
And did you know this?
- Passes three lighthouses, including the nation’s tallest
- Connects to seven state parks
- Was proposed in 1977 and added to the state park system in 2000
- Interactive Map
- Highest elevation: 6,684 feet —on Mt. Mitchell
- Lowest elevation: sea level — Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
- Takes approximately 2,112,000 footsteps to complete.
- Includes three ferry rides
- 1026 volunteers worked more than 18,000 hours to build and maintain the trail in 2010
- The Mountains-to-Sea Trail showcases the diversity of North Carolina’s natural beauty from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.
We are looking forward to reprinting this series and updating as we go, and we have 3 more posts to bring us up to speed.