After 1,175 miles Trail reaches the trail’s end  

By on May 6, 2022

One more mountain to climb. To sign the MST trail book, Trail Marshall had to climb to the top of Jockey’s Ridge. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Trail Marshall at the Mountain to Sea Trail end, 1175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
A hug from Mom at the end of the trial, Sandra Dabney. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
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Long-distance hiker arrives at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

He began his trek at Clingman’s Dome, 6,643 feet above sea level high in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. And at 1:55 p.m. on Friday May 6, Trail Marshall emerged from the trees over the Mountain to Sea Trail’s end at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Along the way he found kindness and generosity that often surprised him.

“I’ve been trying to get the word out that there’s so much more good than bad,” he told the small crowd welcoming him at the end of his hike. “Good people. Selfless people, people who had no reason to help me along the way, no reason to stop and give me a bottle of water, to stop and say ‘hi’ and inspire me.”

Trail Marshall will make a follow-up appearance on the Outer Banks tomorrow at Dare County Park in Kitty Hawk at 10 am. Weather permitting, he will hike a portion of the Kitty Hawk Woods Birch Lane Trail.




County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.



  • Bubba Gump

    Mah friend Forrest did it first.

    Friday, May 6 @ 9:01 pm
  • C A

    Congratulations Trail Marshall, that’s quite a feat. Guess them shoes are made for walking, and that’s just what they did!

    Saturday, May 7 @ 12:57 am
  • Kathy J

    Thanks for some uplifting news! Happy trails to Mr. Marshall!

    Saturday, May 7 @ 9:25 am
  • Francesca

    I see where he began his trek, but when did he start? What an amazing accomplishment!

    Saturday, May 7 @ 11:08 am
  • ElGuapo

    Yeah well that was the easy “downhill” leg. Just wait til he hikes back up the mountain.

    Sunday, May 8 @ 10:43 pm