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AT and the Mountains To Sea Trail
Crossing six national parks and eight national forests, the AT stretches 2,178 miles from Maine to Georgia. Completed in 1937, the trail’s NC section includes the long climbs of the Stecoah-Cheoah Mountain area and the outstanding Nantahala section, with 4,000-foot gaps and 5,000-foot peaks. Containing more than 2,000 occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant and animal species, wide varieties of forest growth and beautiful flowering shrubs, the NC Trail is an unforgettable hiking experience.
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stretches 1,000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. With more than 500 miles of footpath and temporary connectors on back roads and state bike routes, people can now hike across the state. The mountain portion of the trail is accessible by the Blue Ridge Parkway in Weaverville.
This is the perfect hiking adventure for the autumn - descend the mountains through the Piedmont and arrive at the Outer Banks just in time for the warm waves of a most welcoming beach.