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Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2015.  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 Barry Allen
  • 3rd Saturday - Fun Public Hike - coordinated by Ralph Heller
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by Tracy Sheffield (Rick Harris backup)

Planned Activities for 2015
MonthDateLocation & Details
June  June 6 National Trails Day Celebration: 
In Georgia: Meet with BMTA, GATC and Mountain High Hikers at Pavilion 2 in Vogel State park for morning trail maintenance or hikes - your choice. Then a potluck picnic for lunch.
For more information click here or contact Ralph Heller - phone (770)235-9760.

In Tennessee/North Carolina: Three hikes are planned - meet at Tellico Plaines Town Square at 9 am. or
Trail maintenance at Towee Creek - meet at Quinn Springs Campground shelter at 9 am.Campground is on Highway 30 west of Reliance, TN.
For more information, contact Richard Harris - harrisri AT or phone (423)253-6358.
  June 12 Easy Trek Hike to Turtletown Falls: 
Length: Approx. 4 miles - moderate/easy
Hike Description: On this hike, you get two waterfalls for the price of one hike. The first mile is an easy walk on an old road bed along Turtletown Creek. Then, leaving the road bed the trail follows beside the creek until there is a steep descent using switchbacks to get to the base of the first falls. The hike to the second falls is about a 3/4 mile easy walk. At the second falls, we will eat lunch. After lunch, the hike back follows the old road bed up Shinbone Ridge which overlooks the Hiawassee River. Bring plenty of water.
For more information on this hike and to register in order to get meeting time and location, contact Hike Leader Sara Bland - jsbland AT or call (678)493-2649.
Note: On some of our hikes we carpool to the site. Once we get there, we often do a shuttle from the end of the hike back to the starting point. A nice gesture to the drivers would be for folks riding to help chip in for gas.

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