RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY -

Organizers plan to push a new section of the Mountains-to-Sea trail across North Carolina.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported  work on the 900-mile trail from the Tennessee state line to the Outer Banks has been slow in parts of eastern North Carolina.

State officials planned to run the trail along the Neuse River. But Kate Dixon with Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail says work has been slow because of a lack of public land in the eastern part of the state, as well as lots of swamp and water.

The organization plans to promote an alternative away from the Neuse, through Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties, state game lands and the Croatan National Forest, using 50 to 60 miles of existing trail and forest roads.