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From its section of the world’s longest hiking-only footpath to the 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail, North Carolina comes by its “Great Trails State” handle honestly.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the N.C. Trails System Act, 2023 will mark the Year of the Trail with events in each of the state’s 100 counties, where travelers can find trails for hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding and off-road vehicles.

Need a starting point? Try Hot Springs, where you can cross Bridge Street and claim an Appalachian Trail credit. Or Elkin, where the Mountains-to-Sea Trail intersects with paddling, mountain biking and other recreation. Or coastal Pettigrew State Park, where you can paddle as well as view Native American canoes dating back thousands of years.

Contact: B World Communication, Travel South USA representative in France, Yohann Robert, E-mail : yohann@bworldcom.com