47 episodes

A podcast that goes the distance to reveal hard-to-find stories across North Carolina. Join Our State magazine's Jeremy Markovich as he travels across the state to uncover remote places, lost artifacts, overlooked people, and forgotten stories.

Away Message Our State Magazine

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9 • 253 Ratings

A podcast that goes the distance to reveal hard-to-find stories across North Carolina. Join Our State magazine's Jeremy Markovich as he travels across the state to uncover remote places, lost artifacts, overlooked people, and forgotten stories.

    Climbing Down From The Dune

    Climbing Down From The Dune

    In the season finale, our hikers reach the Outer Banks of North Carolina and end of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Now, more than a year later, we see where they've ended up and how the trip has affected their lives.

    • 41 min
    The F-Words

    The F-Words

    As our Mountains-to-Sea Trail thru-hikers approach the end, one final challenge remains: A kayak trip down two of North Carolina's most well-known waterways. All will have to grapple with problems that could potentially stop them from reaching their final destination.

    • 39 min
    How to Hike, with Jennifer Pharr Davis

    How to Hike, with Jennifer Pharr Davis

    In this bonus episode, host Jeremy Markovich talks with long-time hiking guide Jennifer Pharr Davis about how anyone can prepare for and pull off a trip on a trail, from day-trippers to thru-hikers on North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

    • 32 min
    A Trail Town Without A Trail

    A Trail Town Without A Trail

    Roseboro is a small eastern North Carolina town that sits on the route of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail but doesn't actually have any good places to hike. Yet.

    • 35 min
    The Long Road

    The Long Road

    As Erin Brennan and Aaron and Lexi Harris pass the halfway point on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the path undergoes a dramatic shift from footpath to roadside. In this episode, we take a closer look at the parts of the MST that only attract the most intrepid hikers, and discover what it takes to bike and hike your way through a world built for cars.

    • 39 min
    Elkin

    Elkin

    When it comes to trail towns along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Elkin stands out. So how did a quiet place in the North Carolina foothills go trail crazy? We find out, thanks to the men who are building footpaths as fast as they can.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

ACNoah ,

Come for the MST stay for all the rest

I’m an MST section hiker and started listening to Away Message to hear more about the trail, both sections I’ve completed and those I haven’t. I thought that would be it, but the fact is that all four seasons of the podcast are great if you’re interested in the history and geography of North Carolina. Highly recommended!

NCMSTHiker ,

I’ve Hiked the Entire MST

Thanks, Jeremy, for sharing the MST with others. Creating interest in the trail is a great way to get others involved. There are hundreds of miles of the MST that needs to be turned into trail from blacktop - funding and public interest are the keys to making that happen. I am a long-distance hiker and because I grew up in North Carolina, I decided to section hike it during the summers of 2017-2019. I completed hiking the entire MST in October 2019, concluding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. I did not meet another long distance hiker the entire time I was on the trail, so if folks are looking for a trail to provide solitude, you will find that on the MST. So proud that North Carolina understood the need to have a long trail in the state. I appreciate you sharing this trail with the world.

1757EWN ,

MST

I’m a long time subscriber to OS. The MST series is my first podcast experience. I’m (sort of) a hiker, so this has been such a great way to experience something I don’t expect to experience first hand, but I can relate to just the same. Love the magazine and now podcasts. I’m ready for the next adventure.
I’ll Segway into my thoughts about another adventure I was able to share through you Jeremy, and OS. The trip down the river from Moncure to the Cape Fear and the coast. That trip has been in the back of my mind for over 40 years, a seed planted by an older cousin. It was great to experience it through your eyes. Keep up the good work!!

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