Raleigh man puts heart and soul into NC hiking trail

Jeff Brewer, of Raleigh, is a hiker’s hero and a driving force behind North Carolina’s flagship trail.

Brewer fell in love with hiking in 1996 when he took a hiking class with author Allen DeHart at Louisburg College. “Well, it’s good to get away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and take the cell phones and put them away,” Brewer said.

Brewer is responsible for coordinating hundreds of volunteers in completing the Falls Lake leg of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail. “A lot of people believe the trail will be fairly flat, and I am here to tell you that is not the case,” he said. “It has a lot of hills to it.”

In 2003, Brewer became the fifth person to hike the entire trail – which spans from Clingmans Dome, in the Great Smoky Mountains, to Jockeys Ridge in Kitty Hawk. Now, Brewer volunteers for Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail – a group working to bridge gaps in the trail between the Triangle and New Bern.

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