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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 2014
      MonthDateLocation & Details
      September  September 27 TN/NC Trail Maintenance Work Day:  Meeting time is 9:00AM at the Unicoi Overlook Parking Area on the Cherohala Skyway just east of the state line/Beech Gap. Since most of this section is in designated Wilderness, only hand tools will be used to maintain this high altitude section of the Trail. We will follow the BMT over the bridge we relocated last year, and then north on the BMT/Fodderstack Trail, and return the same route. This is a fairly level stretch of trail, and we should be able to see the start of the Fall colors. Bring water, lunch and rain gear. For more information, call Trip Leader Dick Evans at 828-479-2503.
        September 27 Hike & Help the Hemlocks:  Dockery Lake Hemlock Conservation Area - Off Hwy 60, North of Dahlonega. Two Activities: A service project with Save Georgia's Hemlocks and the US Forest Service to treat (or retreat) pre-tagged hemlocks in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

      To joinTreating Trees: Call 706-429-8010 or donna AT
      To join Hike: Call Ralph Heller, 770-235-9760 or rshbmta AT
      October  October 3 Easy-Trek Hike: An Easy-Trek hike to Blood Mountain (north of Dahlonega on U.S. 19/129) is planned for Friday, October 3rd. To sign up or obtain more information about this awesome hike, contact Hike Leader Sara at 770-366-6053.
        October 17-19 BMTA Annual Meeting: This years meeting will be held in Coker Creek, Tennessee. See newsletter or contact Darcy at (bmtadarcy AT for details.

      Please note the phone number for Coker Creek in the newsletter is incorrect. The correct phone number for Coker Creek is: 423-261-2310
        October 25 TN/NC Trail Maintenance Work Day:  Farr Gap to Sycamore Creek. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 9 AM. We will carpool to Farr Gap, then will head downhill in this wilderness area toward Sycamore Creek. Along the way we will brush and log out the trail with swingblades, loppers, and crosscut saw. We may not make it all the way to Slickrock Creek, depending on how many workers we have, but we will turn around at whatever time we need to in order to get back to the parking lot by 4 PM. Bring plenty of water or a method of sterilizing water along with your lunch. Also bring gloves, helmet, safety glasses if you have them and wear boots and long pants. We will have loner helmets, gloves and safety glasses. To sign up, contact Rick Harris at HarrisRi AT or 423-253-6358 (home) or 513-260-1184 (cell).

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