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Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2018.  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.

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.


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Recurring Monthly Events

  • 2nd Saturday - Georgia Work Trips - coordinated by Barry Allen
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by Ken Jones
  • At least two "Fun Hikes" each month - coordinated by Ken Cissna

Note: Some of these activities are considerable driving distances. Please contribute gas money to your driver when you carpool. Thank You!

Planned Activities for 2018
MonthDateLocation & Details
August  August 10 (Friday) Hike: BMT – Highway 60 to Suspension Bridge and back.  7.4 miles, moderate. Lunch on the bank of the Toccoa River (bring your own).
Contact hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT or 813-310-6084.
  August 11 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Sections 10a, 10b, 10c
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Meet: 7:30 at the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge, GA (4131 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA ) or 8:30 at Watson Gap on Old GA Hwy 2/USFS 64.
Plan for the day: Tree and brush removal , Storm clean-up.
What to bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and snack.
Contact: Barry Allen at bmtabarry AT or 770-294-7384
Please join us on Saturday, August 11 as we work the Cohutta Wilderness section of the BMT. As many of you know, the Forest Service closed the BMT – and all trails – in the Cohutta Wilderness about 2 weeks ago after an extreme wind and rain event. We have not yet been able to survey the damage, but we will prepare for the worst and hope for the best!
The plan for the day is to split the group into teams as we work section 10a from Watson Gap and section 10b from Dally Gap. If we have enough volunteer help, we will also send a team up Hemp Top Mtn on section 10c to survey the trail and handle some clearing and brush removal.
To make this plan work, we need plenty of help. We would like to have at least one certified cross cut sawyer on each team. The balance of each group will be made up of volunteers carrying loppers and sling blades. Remember, these sections are primarily in Wilderness areas and are closed to any power equipment.
Trail access and parking is fine at both Watson and Dally Gap. We’ll park a few vehicles at Watson, but each team will end the work day at Dally – where there is parking for over 20 vehicles. I need volunteers somewhat familiar with these trails to help lead the groups. Group one will start at Watson, hiking to the Jacks River Trail and out to Dally. Group two will start at Dally and hike up the Hemp Top trail to Spanish Oak Gap and then take the BMT out to the Jacks River Trail and out to Dally. Team Three will hike the Hemp Top all the way to Hemp Top Mountain and then turn around and come back to Dally.
  August 16 (Thursday) Hike: Clemmer Trail Hike.  4.3 miles, moderate. Gradually uphill. Ocoee area.
Contact hike leader Clare Sullivan at clare7982 AT
  August 17 (Friday) Hike: Talking Rock Nature Preserve trails.  6 miles, easy and moderate.
Contact hike leader Darcy Douglas at bmtadarcy AT
September  September 1 (Saturday) Hike: BMT, Whigg Meadow (4940’) to Fish Hatchery at Tellico River (2120’).  7.3 miles, moderate. Virtually all downhill. Long shuttle.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to (706)669-6406
  September 12 (Wednesday) Hike: Cartecay Loop.  4 miles, easy to moderate mostly along the Cartecay River.
Contact hike leader Sara Bland at jsbland AT
  September 28 (Friday) Hike: BMT, Patterson Ridge Plunge.   Approximately 5 miles, easy plus; approximately 2.5 hours on the trail.
This leisurely hike samples the great views (and posh houses) along Patterson Ridge in the Sisson Cherry Lake community, and then follows a little used section of the BMT for a long downhill to Boardtown Road. After a break we will hike back to the ridge at a leisurely pace. Much of the trail follows a nice stream with excellent stands of Creeping Cedar and Galax. With luck we will enjoy some early fall color. After the hike, those who wish will head to Blue Jeans Pizza in Blue Ridge for a recovery ale and lunch.
Contact hike leaders Tom and Jane Keene at tkbmta AT gmail DOT com or 770-548-4935 (text ok).
October  October 3 (Wednesday) Hike: Talking Rock Nature Preserve,  4 miles, easy.
Contact hike leader Sara Bland at jsbland AT
  October 6 (Saturday) Hike: BMT, Highway 515 to Weaver Creek and return,  5 miles, easy. Mostly dirt roads.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to (706)669-6406
  October 30 (Tuesday) Hike: Big Frog Mtn. via Big Frog Mtn. Trail and BMT trail and return,  11-12 miles total. Moderate to strenuous difficulty; 1300’ elevation change. Uphill first half, downhill last half. Hiking time about 7 hours. Beautiful views along the ridge lines along the way.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to (706)669-6406

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