"It wasn't hard to get into at all," Kathy Chatfield said. "We got together in college through the outing club."
But the Chatfields were more than "into" hiking. Led by the vision of Don Chatfield's mother, Louise -- often called the mother of North Carolina's trails -- the Chatfields became instrumental in the development of the state's longest trail system: the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a combination of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails that stretches from Clingman's Dome, just across the Tennessee border in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Atlantic Ocean.
Saturday, the Greensboro couple and five others were honored at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Bur-Mil Park for their service to the trail, the state's newest state park.