Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a 79.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Blue Ridge Parkway, NC: On the western side of Pisgah National Forest, along the border of Middle Prong Wilderness area, the Moutains to Sea Trail may be accessed from at least three points between Mileposts 420 and 430. The first is Bearpen Gap parking area which is located at approximately Milepost 426 and another is a small parking area located just south. OR continue south and take SR 215 north off the Parkway traveling a short distance to a parking area where trail access is available. From the eastern side of Pisgah National Forest where the Blue Ridge Parkway enters, there is a parking area which provides trail access as well.
The trail crosses most of North Carolina, from the Tennessee border in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks. It passes through some amazing locations. I have hiked several wonderful sections (Clingmans Dome...multiple areas off the Blue Ridge Parkway including Craggy Gardens, Mt. Mitchell, Table Rock, Tanawha near Grandfather Mountain and Moses Cone...Stone Mountain...Pilot Mountain...Hanging Rock...Greensboro Watershed). There is still lots more for me to do. Next up will be heading east and hiking several sections along the coast.
Can't wait till this is finished properly !
I have not hiked the whole trail. It is a multi-day backpack. I hiked the section by Clingmans Dome and the section off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is strenuous but very scenic.
Very rocky and difficult for a beginner but beautiful when you get to the falls.