Tag Archives: Mountains-to-Sea Trail

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail: in a day, or over 22 months

Finding Sharon’s car in a parking lot is pretty easy.

This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail, its birth dating to Sept. 9, 1977, when Howard Lee, then Secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, told a National Trails Symposium in Waynesville that North Carolina should blaze a “state trail from the mountains to the coast, leading through communities as well as natural areas.” read more

10 Especially Appropriate Independence Day Hikes  

Nt Greene Trail in Greensboro (photo by gsogeek.wordpress.com)

As you contemplate your plans to celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, contemplate this: what would be the most appropriate way to celebrate your independence, that sense of truly expressing your freedom?

With a hike, of course.

In honor of Independence Day, we’ve come up with 11 hikes that capture — in name at least — the spirit of the day. Find one near you and enjoy. (For additional information, check the links at the end of the list.) read more

I miss winter

Mountains-to-Sea Trail along Falls Lake, on a true winter’s day.

I miss winter.

I realized just how much on Sunday when I found myself in need of a second layer. Light gloves wouldn’t have been bad, either. Or a hat. There’d been snow a ways back, I recalled, and it was cold for a couple days after. But since? I couldn’t recall the last time a hike had started in 30-degree weather. read more

Allen de Hart: He wrote hiking guides, too

Allen de Hart, who wrote 11 trail guides, founded the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, hiked more than 65,000 miles by the time he was 86 (and would go on to hike several hundred more), and was generally regarded as the dean of North Carolina hiking, died Oct. 14, in Raleigh. Allen was known for hiking; those who knew him, knew him for much more. GetGoingNC’s Joe Miller remembers the lesser-known side of Allen de Hart. read more

Your weekend: Hike NC!

Boardwalked trail at Carolina Beach State Park. Photo courtesy carolinabeach.org
Boardwalked trail at Carolina Beach State Park. Photo courtesy carolinabeach.org

It’s been — and continues to be — a rough week for a lot of folks in North Carolina, especially down east. For the weekend, we recommend the best therapy we know: a walk in the woods. Today, we pull hikes from Hike NC!, our statewide hiking collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. For more information on Hike NC! go here. read more