Howard Lee joins board of Friends of the Mountains-to-the-Sea trail

Jan 16, 2014

Former state Sen. Howard N. Lee of Chapel Hill, has been elected to the board of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (FMST).

In 1977, Lee was the first to propose creation of statewide hiking trail “from the mountains to the sea” at a national trails conference in Waynesville. He was N.C. secretary of natural resources and community development at the time.

After an extensive public service career, Lee has become increasingly involved with FMST, including during the “Put Another Log on the Fire” fundraising campaign.

“Howard Lee’s vision and leadership were instrumental in the creation of the trail,” said Kate Dixon, executive director of the FMST. “He will bring very special perspectives and experiences to our efforts.”

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stretches 1000 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. Each year thousands of people hike sections of the trail. More than 50 people have completed the entire trail, which is a linear state park.

Friends of the MST is a non-profit organization whose volunteers promote, build and maintain the trail. For more information, visit