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Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2014.  Work trips will be held on the second Saturday of the month in Georgia and on the fourth Saturday in Tennessee/North Carolina.  Recreational outings (Fun Hikes) are planned on other weekends to avoid scheduling conflicts with work trips and are set up as hike leaders become available.  Videos of previous hikes can be found on YouTube at

All Are Welcome

The BMTA welcomes all who would like to participate in any scheduled activity.  Members and non-members alike are encouraged to join in; no experience is necessary.


Recurring Monthly Events

  • 2nd Saturday - Georgia Work Trips - coordinated by Tom Keene
  • 3rd Saturday - Fun Public Hike - coordinated by Ralph Heller
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by Bill Hodge

      Planned Activities for 2015
      MonthDateLocation & Details
      January  January 24 Easy Trek Hike:  From Highway 515/US76 through Sisson Cherry Log Mountain Development to Boardtown Road.
      Length: Approximately 4 miles moderate/easy
      Elevation Gain: Approx. 700 ft.
      For more information and to register for this hike contact Hike Leader Ralph Heller at rshbmta AT or (770)-235-9760.
        January 31 CPR/First Aid Certification: Conasauga Ranger District
      Contact: Karen Larsen, 706-695-6736, kalarsen AT
      February  February 6 Hike: Cloudland Canyon (Rim Trail) 
      Length: Approximately 7 miles - strenuous/moderate
      Parking fee required - 2 hour drive from Ellijay
      Hike Description: An exceptionally beautiful hike with two waterfalls
      Contact Hike Leader, Mike Pilvinsky: oldsoldier67 AT or (706) 889-5254 for registration info.
        February 14 Georgia Work Trip:  It’s a real Valentine’s Day treat!! Yes that’s right; bring your honey to Falls Branch Falls as we begin a reroute on a much used, but beautiful feature, of our trail. Saturday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day, but it is also our regular monthly workday. So bring your wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend, or just bring a friend to help out for a couple of hours at the Falls. We’ll plan on a little shorter day than normal – finished by 1:30 or 2:00, so you can enjoy a little stroll with your partner, or go home and get ready for a night on the town. We’ll meet for a good breakfast at 8:00 at the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge, leaving the restaurant promptly at 8:40. Or you can meet us in the parking area for Falls Branch Falls at 9:00. Trip leader for the day is Barry Allen (770-294-7384) or
      First-timers are most welcome! For what to expect, what to wear, what to bring, go to or call trip leader Barry Allen (770-294-7384).
      WEATHER POSTPONEMENT: If weather forces a change of plans, the trip will NOT be cancelled in most cases. Instead we will simply postpone the trip for one week. Because of the changeable na-ture of North Georgia weather we wait as long as possible before postponing. Usually the decision is made early Friday evening and circulated immediately by email.
        February 23 Overnight hike to the Hike Inn 
      Length: 5.5 miles each way – easy/moderate
      There are 14 rooms on hold. During Jan. and Feb. They are offering discount of 50% off on week daysonly. Normal rates are $150 double occupancy and $107 single occupancy plus tax. This includes an evening meal and breakfast. This date has been selected as late in the winter as possible in the hope of a chance of warmer weather. We are limited to 14 rooms this time. That would allow a maximum of 28 folks with 2 per room, if some folks double up. This is arguably one of the most popular BMTAhikes of the year. It’s a great opportunity to get to know some of your fellow BMTA members better. Let’s fill those rooms up!
      To register and get your room call Beryl Ann at Hike Inn Reservations, Phone:1- 800-581-8032 and let them know you are with the BMTA. Then email Ralph Heller, rshbmta AT or call 770-235-9760 to let him know you are registered. He will let everyone on the list know the meeting time and location for the start of the hike.
      Note: Reservations is often difficult to contact. Be persistent or leave Beryl a callback number.
      March  March 7 Chainsaw Certification: Conasauga Ranger District
      Contact: Karen Larsen, 706-695-6736, kalarsen AT
        March 28 CPR/First Aid Certification: Blue Ridge Ranger District
      Contact: Valencia Morris, 706-745-6928, vcmorris AT
      April  April 11 CPR/First Aid Certification: Chattooga River Ranger District
      Contact: Janice Miller, 706-754-6221 janicepmiller AT
        April 19-24 Trail-A-Thon: Save the Dates! Attend the first Cheoah Ranger District "Trail-A-Thon" trail maintenance week. We will have free camping at the Rattler Ford Group Camp Area, right beside the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in Graham County, North Carolina, and breakfasts and suppers provided by the Benton MacKaye Trail Association.
      Starting on Monday, April 20th, we will split into groups and work sections of the BMT between the Cheoah River and Fontana Dam, starting with chainsaw work first and then brush cutting and tread work. On Friday, we will join the Partners of the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness in a clearing of the trails in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, with lunch provided by that group.
      Come for one day or the full week. Plenty of tent sites, and there are a handful of sites for self-contained RVs or campers. We will do group cooking for the breakfasts and suppers, so you only have to bring your lunches. Great chance to join your friends for a great camping and trail work experience.
      Dick and Margaret Evans are coordinating this event, so contact them at "bmta AT" or 828-479-2503 for further details and to sign up. We need to know how many are coming to get the food right.
        April 25 Chainsaw Certification: Blue Ridge Ranger District
      Contact: Valencia Morris, 706-745-6928, vcmorris AT

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