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14 mi. round trip Asheville north to Haw Creek Valley

Visiting daughter a month after she moved to Asheville, and we planned an all day climb. She lives... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2018
Sightsee_Eat
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Worthington, Ohio
Off the beaten path

Multiple sections of the MST are available and accessible directly from the Blue Ridge Parkway... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2015
088Traveler880
,
Boone, North Carolina
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Visiting daughter a month after she moved to Asheville, and we planned an all day climb. She lives off Tunnel Road (Rte 70) which is the Asheville entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and we picked up the trail (white blaze) off the Folk Art Center parking lot. It was 2 miles to a beautiful overlook (looked for the big red blaze), and then another 5 miles to a rocky outcrop above the Haw Creek Valley overlook. We had a great lunch sitting on the rocks there. It runs right along the Parkway, so there is road noise, and it crosses the road twice, where there are parking lots for people to jump on the trail. Rated as moderate, heads up most of the way there. Dogs on leashes allowed. On the return trip, almost to the Folk Art Center, there was a small-ish black bear on the path. We had discussed the advice to make a lot of noise if we saw one, and it was effective.

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Reviewed 4 May 2017

Even, if you only have an hour to spare outside of more traditional sights in Pisgah Forest, hike a portion of this trail! We were so glad we did! Don't count on nearby port-a-potty facilities, though. At the start of our hike there was a restroom nearby. When we returned, it was hauled away!

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Reviewed 13 April 2016

We only had one day to hike on the Blue Ridge. We chose to do two short sections of the Mountains to Sea Trail. The first section we chose was off of the Mt. Pisgah Parking Lot. The sign called it "The Shut In Trail". It was a nice roller-coaster hike - steep uphill at the beginning, then a lot of ups and downs. We hiked about 1.5 miles and turned around. Nice views - there were a few lookout points.

Following lunch at the nearby Pisgah Inn Restaurant, we hiked the trail that started at the 402.6 mile marker. It was a one mile hike to the next overlook. This hike had less of an uphill incline but still some elevation gain.

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Reviewed 7 May 2015 via mobile

Multiple sections of the MST are available and accessible directly from the Blue Ridge Parkway between Moses Cone Manor and Bamboo Gap. Use the MST interactive map to identify days hikes - http://www.ncmst.org/the-trail/interactive-map/. Using two vehicles will help with completing sections that run from Moses Cone to the Thunder Hill overlook, Thunder Hill to Aho Gap and Aho Gap to Goshen Creek. We regularly park our cars at each end and make the one way trek on each section. Avoid the crowds at the Cone Manor, Bass Lake and Price Park. Look for the MST signage and go off the beaten path!

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Reviewed 30 January 2015

I planed a 3 week backpacking trip starting at clingsmans dome Unfortunately due to family matters I had to come off the trail. However,it was a beautiful trip and I hope to return. It is also amazing for day hikes.

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Reviewed 30 January 2015 via mobile

Hiked from Clingman's Dome to Blowing Rock. Amazing views, some easy walking on old Vandebilt and Cone property. Tough climbing at times especially coming out of Linville Gorge. Something for all level of hikers out there.

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Reviewed 30 January 2015 via mobile

The MST is my favorite part of NC. Especially the Falls Lake portion. I am so lucky to have this recreational opportunity so close to my home, but it would be worth traveling to!

1  Thank Courtney P
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Reviewed 30 January 2015

I have been day hiking the MST over the past year. I have completed about 500 miles of it. It is amazing. You experience nature from rugged mountains, small towns, wooded trails hidden within big city limits, and coastal plains. It is all you could ask for. Anyone can do it! Some parts are a little challenging, but for the most part an average person can do this. Hiking is such a relaxing sport and exercise.

Thank Sandy F
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Reviewed 27 November 2014

Each year Will & Donna Farmer man a Checkpoint on the Mountains to Sea Trail at Falls Lake to provide assistance & sustinance to the Scouts making the 2014 BSA 24 Hour Boyscout 50 MILE HIKE. The 60 miles Falls Lake Trail portion of the Mountains to Sea Trail are groomed exra special to help provide a safe path for the hike which is partially done in the DARK! Brave, strong young men, our future leaders!

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Reviewed 7 November 2014

The Mountains to Sea Trail is a series of walking trails across North Carolina from the Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. I've investigated sections along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, NC. These sections are well-described as a series of day hikes in the Blue Ridge Parkway North webpage of the Trail's site: http://www.ncmst.org/the-trail/mst-day-hikes . Some incorporate parts of the Tanawha Trail, but others are trails to themselves. I've walked Day Hikes 1 through 5 and 8. All these cover interesting terrain and are organized well including bridges across streams, 4x4 low pillars marking trail changes, and white blazes painted on trees. The trail descriptions note distances and landmarks and link with maps and provide insider's overviews of the sections. While I've done parts of these sections as out and back, placing a car at destination trailheads would work nicely. The walks range from easy to some strenuous climbs. Trail development and maintenance have benefited from devoted local volunteers. A copy of the tale description and the satellite version of the map help trekking.

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