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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: September 14, 2021 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 7-b <br /> SUBJECT: Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) Update <br /> DEPARTMENT: Environment, Agriculture, Parks <br /> & Recreation (DEAPR) <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> Summary of Project Activities Memo David Stancil, 919-245-2522 <br /> Adopted MST Map - January 2018 Christian Hirni, 919-245-2516 <br /> NC 54/Mebane-Oaks Road Adjustments <br /> PURPOSE: To receive an update on the activity of staff and other project partners on acquiring <br /> and constructing the segment route of the NC Mountains to Sea Trail (MST), a part of the NC <br /> State Parks system, within Orange County. <br /> BACKGROUND: In January 2018, the County adopted a route map for the portion of the NC <br /> Mountains to Sea Trail in Orange County. This action was the culmination of several community <br /> meetings and planning exercises to identify, refine and address the planned route of this trail <br /> through Orange County. The NC Mountains to Sea Trail is a continuous off-road trail linking <br /> Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey's Ridge State Park on <br /> the state's Outer Banks. The MST is part of the North Carolina State Parks system, with over 680 <br /> miles of the roughly 1,000-mile trail route open for use and road connecting sections identified by <br /> the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail (FMST) organization to allow hikers to complete the trail <br /> in areas where road routes are needed. <br /> A statewide MST Master Plan was completed and approved in 2015 with an established corridor <br /> for the trail across the state, broken into defining segments. The plan included information about <br /> each segment, prioritization and plans for further work, centralized web-based content about trail <br /> progress, and a set of tools and guidelines to assist trail planning partners. <br /> One of the regions in the state where the trail corridor was in need of further identification and <br /> refinement was the Eastern Piedmont section, from Greensboro to Durham. Segments of the <br /> adopted MST corridor traverse Orange County, entering from southwestern Orange County at the <br /> Alamance County line and running northeast through lands owned by the Orange Water and <br /> Sewer Authority (OWASA) around Cane Creek Reservoir. The MST corridor then continues <br /> northeast to the Orange County Seven Mile Creek Natural Area, before entering Occoneechee <br /> Mountain State Natural Area and into Hillsborough along the Town's Riverwalk. The trail then <br /> heads eastward into Eno River State Park and toward Durham. <br />