Red dots represent planned portions of the route; green dots are completed trail sections.
Long distance hikers and backpackers looking for a new challenge beyond the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails should take a look at the (still incomplete) Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina. One hiker, Scot Ward, recently made the 930-mile trek from the top of Clingman’s Dome in western North Carolina to Jockey’s Ridge State Park at the outer banks. It was Ward’s sense of adventure and love of hiking that inspired him to hike the still unfinished trail. “I knew this was a new trail,” Ward said. “I wanted to be among the first to hike it, and I wanted to write a guidebook for those who may want to hike it from start to finish.”
Clingman’s Dome in Smoky Mountains National Park
Of course there is already a guidebook to the Mountains to Sea trail appropriately titled “Hiking North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail” by Allen de Hart. Ward actually used de Hart’s book but plans to follow up with his own more up to date guide. Of course as new trail sections are completed Ward’s book will need to be updated again so for now I recommend checking out the official Mountains-to-Sea Trail website for the most up to date info on the route.