Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 2
ElevationAscent: 9,186' 2,800 m
Descent: -10,071' -3,070 m
High: 5,953' 1,815 m
Low: 3,346' 1,020 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)
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“The Balsams”— Jim Grode
Although it parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway and can generally be accessed from the Parkway, most of Segment 2 is in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. With the exception of the trail within the Middle Prong Wilderness Area, the MST in Segment 2 is generally well marked with white blazes, either painted on or affixed to trees or signposts. Within the Wilderness Area (EB Miles 37.7 to 42.3, WB Miles 21.4 to 25.9), blazes are not permitted. Throughout this segment, the tread of the trail can be indistinct and difficult to follow in places.
• The four-state views from Waterrock Knob, at 6,292 feet, is the highest point on Segment 2 and the third-highest point on the entire MST
• Skinny Dip Falls, a popular waterfall and swimming hole
• The nearly trackless expanse of the Middle Prong Wilderness Area
• The views over the ghost forest of Graveyard Fields
• The tourist haven of the Pisgah Inn, with its famous restaurant
For more information, including camping, lodging, parking, shuttles, and resupply information, as well as detailed, turn-by-turn directions, download a trail guide from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
The trail in this segment is maintained by the Carolina Mountain Club.
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Land Manager: USFS - Nantahala National Forest Office