Ayr Mount’s adjacent Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail (HOST) and the James M. Johnston Nature Preserve are now linked to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which effectively connects hikers with the wonders of North Carolina from “mountains to shining sea.” This newly completed section of the Trail extends from the HOST/JMJ Nature Preserve parking area to the US 70 bridge. The Eno River footbridge and the Cates Creek footbridge were completed by 2016.
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail knits together trails and greenways to create a 1,150-mile footpath across the state of North Carolina. By way of the trail, hikers can travel from the mountains in the West, through the Piedmont region, to the North Carolina shoreline. The Trail has been made possible by support from local organizations, private landowners, trail groups, land trusts, federal and state land agencies, the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, and the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
Please consider supporting the continuation of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail through the properties at Ayr Mount, the HOST and the James M. Johnston Nature Preserve.
Visit www.ncmst.org for more information about the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.