Mountains to Sea Section 4 Trail

At A Glance

Most Difficult

75.2 mi one-way

Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: White

This trail is located in the Black Mountains & Toe River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Black Mountains & Toe River trails list page.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

Hikes That Use This Trail: Table Rock

Description

Black Mountain Campground to Beacon Heights

From Black Mounain Recreation Area by South Toe River in Pisgah NF to Buck Gap at BRP mp 344.1: Climbs the ridge. From Buck Gap at BRP mp 344.1 (NC-80) to Woodlawn Park (US-221): The MST leaves the Blue Ridge Parkway here and doesn't return to it until Grandfather Mountain. Parts of this section follow old US Forest Service Roads.

From Woodlawn Park (US-221) north of Marion this scenic and challenging section has a climb to Bald Knob and to Dobson Knob Road. The route was constructed (tread work) by the FMST and the Central Blue Ridge Task Force. White MST Blazes are up along this section and are easy to follow. Grant money provided a bridge across the North Fork of the Catawba River during the summer of 2004. After Kistler Memorial Highway, 19.8 miles have been designated by DPR to Ripshin Ridge (NC-181) parking area at Greentown Trail. Along the route the Linville River must be forded by wading. Scenic Shortoff Mountain and Table Rock follows. One of the most secnic areas along the MST is the Linville Gorge area. The views from Shortoff Mountain and Table Rock make this seciton a "jewel" of the MST.

From Ripshin Ridge (NC-181) to Beacon Heights BRP 305.3 The MST passes the highest waterfalls of its entire route on this section as it passes through the scenic and rugged Wilson Creek area. Though not formally designated as a wilderness, parts of the trail will feel wilderness-like and there are some significant stream crossings as well as ridge-top views. Beyond Wilson Creek the trail ascends again to Beacon Heights on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Mountains to Sea Trail - River Loop to FS 2074

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.5 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - FS 2074 to Road

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.2 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Road to Parkway (Black Mtns.)

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 3.13 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Black Mountains - to Singecat Ridge Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.56 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Black Mountains - Singecat Ridge Overlook to NC 80

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.45 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - NC 80 to Hazelnut Gap

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.61 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Armstrong Creek Trail to Bad Fork Trail

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 3.05 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Bad Fork Trail to Woodlawn

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 8.08 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Woodlawn to Catawba River Bridge

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 3.83 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Catawba River Bridge to Bald Knob

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 3.76 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Bald Knob to

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 4.6 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Overmountain Victory - Linville

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.47 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Kistler - Old NC 105

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.75 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville Gorge - Kistler to Leadmine Ext.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.07 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Leadmin Ext. to FS 117 Conn.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.24 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - FS 117 Conn. to Bottom trk.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.36 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Bottom Trk. to River

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.19 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - River to Blue Dot Access

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.27 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Blue Dot Access to Rick's Crossover

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.99 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Rick's Crossover to Wolf Pit

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.24 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Wolf Pit to Olson

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 55 ft

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Olson to Jeep Trail

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.76 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Jeep Trail to Shortoff Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.44 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Shortoff Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 263 ft

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Shortoff Overlook to Cambric Tr.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 2.53 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Cambric to Chimney Gap Water

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.3 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Chimney Gap Water Tr. to Gap Connector

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.38 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Gap Connector to Amphitheater

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.55 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Amphitheater to Mossy Monster

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.3 mi

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Mossy Monster to Camel

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 323 ft

Mountains to Sea - Linville - Chimneys to Table Rock Parking

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.77 mi

Table Rock Summit - Parking to Little Table Rock Tr.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.3 mi

Table Rock Summit - Little Table Rock Tr. to MST

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 299 ft

Mountains to Sea Trail - Table Rock Tr. to Roses Creek Rd.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.02 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - along Roses Creek Rd.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 316 ft

Mountains to Sea Trail - Roses Creek Road to New Gingercake Road

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.36 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - along New Gingercake Road

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.18 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - New Gingercake Road to Steeles Creek

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 5.44 mi

MST Section 13 - Steeles Creek

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.67 mi

Mountains to Sea Trail - Steeles Creek to NC 181

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.91 mi

Total Calculated Length: 52.53 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, so it may not match officially published information.

Intersecting Trails

  • Little Table Rock
  • Steels Creek
  • Greentown
  • Shortoff Mountain
  • River Loop
  • Table Rock Summit
  • Green Knob
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