The Mountains To Sea Trail Goes Through Clayton NC
So what exactly is the Mountains to Sea Trail? It is a trail that runs for 1000 miles from one side of North Carolina in The Great Smoky Mountains to the Glorious Outer Banks on the Atlantic Ocean. The trail consists of paved roads, dirt trails, stone footpaths and bridges. There are many ways to enjoy the trail from a family stroll along the Neuse River to a 32 mile bike ride from Falls Lake Dam to Sams Branch Greenway in Clayton.
Here are some interesting facts about the trail…
- The trail climbs the tallest mountain and the highest sand dune in the Eastern United States
- Passes through 3 national forests
- Passes through 3 national parks and 2 national wildlife reserves
- Includes 3 ferry rides
- Is being built and maintained by trail clubs, local communities and state parks.
The North section of the MST on the Blue Ridge Parkway is an 88 mile stretch that can be completed as a series of day hikes ranging from 4 miles to 10 miles. There are short day hikes along the Eno River of a couple of miles. There are 60 miles of trails on the Falls Lake Trail minutes from Raleigh.
Clayton River Walk On The Neuse Walking Trail
The part of the Mountains to Sea Trail in Clayton, NC can be accessed in two spots, one is on Covered Bridge Road at the Neuse River Bridge and the other is at Sams Branch Greenway on O’Neill St. in Clayton. If you live in the Riverwood Athletic Community you also have access right in the neighborhood. This part of the trail is paved and flat and makes for a great walk run, or bike ride. It eventually joins with the Wake County Trail and continues to the Falls Lake Dam. The Clayton River Walk on the Neuse is a 4 mile stretch from the Wake/Johnston County line to the Covered Bridge access point. A further 1.25 mile stretch then goes from here along the Sams Branch Greenway to the O’Neill Street access point.
North Carolina Has It All
North Carolina is a beautiful state with tremendous natural resources, the best of both worlds you could say with the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. But lets not forget the middle part which has so many wonderful places to explore and learn from, a rich history and beautiful scenery. Even in urban settings whether it be big city stuff in Raleigh or small towns like Clayton there is a lot to see and do and none of it requires WiFi. There is a lot of information about the Mountains to Sea Trail on the FMST website, lots of maps and suggestions.