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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 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
      February  February 28 - March 1 TN/NC Work Trip - Towee Reroute Tread Work: The TN/NC BMTA Work Trip scheduled for this Sat and Sun, Feb 28-Mar 1 on the Towee Creek Reroute is cancelled due to deep snow on the road and trail. It is rescheduled for Mar 28-29.
      March  March 6 Blood Mountain: 
      Length: 4.6 miles – moderate/strenuous
      Hike Description: Blood Mountain is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and is the most hiked section of the AT in GA. This is the time of year when thru hikers start their journey, so there will probably be some of them on the trail. The view from the top of Blood Mountain is spectacular in several directions.
      To register for the hike and get meeting time and location, contact Hike leader Larry Dumas, email ldumas AT or call 706-455-6235. Larry has thru-hiked the AT.
        March 7 Chainsaw Certification: Conasauga Ranger District
      Contact: Karen Larsen, 706-695-6736, kalarsen AT
        March 14 Georgia Work Trip: Please join us as we work our second trip on Fall Branch Falls. We made a good dent in this tough re-route in February, but we’ll need a few more trips to finish the job!! Meet for breakfast at 8:00 at the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge. Or meet us in the parking area for Fall Branch Falls at 9:00. A call or e-mail to let us know you are coming is most welcome (it helps us plan for the right tools and safety equipment), but is certainly not required.
      Trip leader is Barry Allen (770-294-7384) or barry.w.allen AT
      First-timers are most welcome! For what to expect, what to wear, what to bring, go to
      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 nature 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.
        March 21 Georgia Work Trip with Trout Unlimited and Young Harris volunteers: We are hosting a second March work event for Fall Branch Falls! Some of our Trout Unlimited friends and a few students from Young Harris College have graciously volunteered to help on the reroute. We would enjoy having a number of our regulars join us for this second March Work day! So double your March fun if you have the energy and help the Benton MacKaye Trail Association host Trout Unlimited and Young Harris College at Fall Branch Falls. Meeting will be at the parking area for Fall Branch, 9:00.
      Trip leader is Barry Allen (770-294-7384) or barry.w.allen AT
        March 28 CPR/First Aid Certification: Blue Ridge Ranger District
      Contact: Valencia Morris, 706-745-6928, vcmorris AT
        March 28-29 TN/NC Work Trip - Towee Creek Reroute: We will continue work on the Towee Creek Reroute. Meet at the Towee Creek Trailhead on the Hiwassee River Powerhouse Road at 9 AM both days ready to do treadwork on a steep sideslope. Two of the switchbacks and some crib walls are already in and we are working on tread up to the proposed third and fourth switchbacks. Those who plan to work both days can camp out in Rick Harris's floor near Tellico Plains.
      Contact Rick Harris for questions at 423-253-6358 (home), 513-260-1184 (cell), HarrisRi AT (email)
      April  April 11 CPR/First Aid Certification: Chattooga River Ranger District
      Contact: Janice Miller, 706-754-6221 janicepmiller AT
        April 12-16 Spring Hike Week at Fontana Village: 
      Numerous hikes offered during the week. Check for updated information.
        April 17 Grassy Mountain fire Tower, Songbird Loop and lake Conasauga Loop Trail Hike: 
      Length: approx. 6 miles – moderate
      Hike Description: A good tour of the remote Lake Conasauga area adjacent to the southern boundary of the Cohutta wilderness. Afterward, a picnic at the Lake Conasauga Pavilion.
      To register for the hike and get meeting time and location, contact Hike Leader Mike Pilvinsky, email oldsoldier67 AT or phone (706) 889-5254.
        April 19-24 Trail-A-Thon:  Cancelled for Spring and will be reset for the Fall.
        April 25 Chainsaw Certification: Blue Ridge Ranger District
      Contact: Valencia Morris, 706-745-6928, vcmorris AT
      May  May 1 Lady Slipper Hike: 
      Length: 6.2 miles – moderate/difficult
      Hike Description: This hike starts at the Fall Branch Falls trailhead and finishes at the trail head on Weaver Creek Road. The first half is mostly uphill and the last half is all downhill. That time of year there should be a large lady slipper display for several miles on the second half of the hike. Also there should be many wild azaleas in bloom.
      To register for the hike and get meeting time and location contact Hike Leader Joy Forehand, jwfbrga AT or call 706-946-0336.
        May 13 Hike to Toccoa River suspension Bridge: 
      Length: 3.5 miles - moderate - car shuttle involved
      Hike Description: Hike on BMT from GA Highway 60 over Tooni Mountain to 260 foot pedestrian suspension bridge. Bring lunch for picnic at the bridge. Bring ample drinking water.
      For more information and to register for this hike contact Hike Leader Ken Cissna - kcissna AT or (706) 636-1741

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