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Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2017.  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.


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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
February  February 10 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Section 7, Sisson Property, private lands
When: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 AM
Meet: The Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge at 8:00 or the Craddock Center Parking area (drive before Joanne Sisson just off 515)
Plan for the day: General work date to include tree removal, water diversion work, and installation of vertical 6x6’s with blazes to mark confusing areas of the trail.
What to bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and snack or lunch for the day.
Contact: Barry Allen at bmtabarry AT or 770-294-7384
Since there is some level of uncertainty on whether there will be a government shutdown on February 8, we will schedule our February work day on the private lands of section 7. (typically, work is not allowed in the National Forest while the government is on shutdown.)
For February 10, we’ll need at least one saw crew to remove trees from a couple of locations on section 7. We also plan to install vertical 6x6’s marked with white diamonds to help with several confusing areas on the Sisson Property. To fill out the day, we will clean water diversions and try to correct the tread in some heavily eroded areas.
As always, please call or e-mail Barry with your attendance so he can better plan the work and the tools!
  February 17 (Saturday) Hike: Wagon Train Trail – Brasstown Bald. Co-sponsored with Georgia Forest Watch  5 miles, easy-moderate. Two miles of gentle downhill to the overlook, and back, plus up to the tower if we’re feeling like that. Besides the views, we’ll be hoping for the spectacular ice formations on the trailside cliffs (if temperatures cooperate).
Contact hike leaders Sue Harmon of GFW suepharmon AT or 770-540-3672 or Ken Cissna of BMTA at kcissna AT or 706-636-1741.
  February 27-28 (Tuesday-Wednesday) Hike: Overnight Hike: Trip to Hike Inn.  5.1 miles, moderate – each day. Half price!!! BMTA members only.
For more details, contact hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT or 706-636-1741
March  March 3-4 (Saturday & Sunday). Hike: Beginning Backpack Hike on Amadahy Trail  2 mile hike each way, easy. Camping on the shore of Carter’s Lake. A chance to put into practice what you learned at the BMTA Beginning Backpacking class in February.
Contact hike leader Mike Pilvinsky at mikepilvinsky AT
  March 24 (Saturday). Hike: Boling Park/Etowah River –  5-7 miles, moderate. Almost entirely different trails than we enjoyed last year.
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT
  March 30 (Friday) Hike: Green Mountain Trail in Aska System Trails.  4 miles, easy, with moderate elevation gain and loss. Good views of Lake Blue Ridge. Short shuttle.
For further information, contact hike leader Hank Baudet at 706-946-4318 or Geezer95 AT
April  April 7 (Saturday) Hike: BMT Section 4a from Skeenah Gap to Payne Gap, and back.  4.4 miles, moderate. An opportunity to hike with the section’s trail maintainer and amateur geologist (trail name “Rockman”) as you identify trees, flowers, birds, and rocks.
Contact Gilbert Treadwell at gilcraft AT or 404-660-4551
  April 16 (Monday) Hike: Goforth Creek Trail.  3 miles, easy. In and out. Leisurely hike along a scenic creek.
Contact Hike Leader Hank Baudet at geezer95 AT or 706-946-4318

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