GetHiking! on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail's Coastal Crescent: Holly Shelter

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Holly Shelter Game Lands

34.410058, -77.656863 · Hampstead, NC

How to find us

We'll meet at the campground just inside the entrance off Lodge Road. If you don't do longitude/lattitude, enter the address for Topsail Baptist Church, 18885 US-17, Hampstead. The entrance is just north of the church.

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We're celebrating Mountains-to-Sea Trail ( Month with a series of Saturday hikes celebrating the statewide trail's new path from Raleigh to the coast, the Coastal Crescent route.

Nineteen miles of the MST run through the nearly 50,000-acre Holly Shelter Game Lands, a collection of pocosin (upland swamp) and pine savannah. We won't hike all 19 miles (though we can drive the route after the hike, if you like); rather, on this, the second hike in our series, we'll hike a network of trail and gravel road for about 7 miles. We'll be joined by a knowledgeable source or two who can enlighten us on this coastal environment.

The trail is flat, really flat, but there is soft sand in places, which can give the games a workout.

More information will be posted on this hike soon, at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. web site (