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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.


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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 Tracy Sheffield (Rick Harris backup)
  • At least one Fun Public Hike each month, usually during the third week of the month - coordinated by Ralph Heller

Planned Activities for 2015
MonthDateLocation & Details
September  September 12 Georgia Work Trip:  Please join us Saturday, Sept 12 as we work Benton MacKaye sections 3c and 4a on our monthly work trip.
Where: Section 3c and 4a Skeenah Gap Rd Trailhead. We will work section 3c south, from Skeenah Gap parking. And we will work section 4a north, from same area.
When: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Meet: The Village Restaurant, Blue Ridge 8:00 AM for breakfast or 8:30 AM for ride to Skeenah Gap Rd. As alternative, meet at 9:00 at Skeenah Gap Rd trailhead parking.
Plan for the Day: From Skeenah Gap Rd, we will split into two groups: Group One will begin work on new water diversions for section 4a. Group Two will work to clean existing diversions on 3c. We will supply fire rakes, McClouds and pulaskis for the work.
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
  September 18 Emery Creek Falls - in and out: 
Length: 5.4 miles in and out moderate
Hike Description: Very scenic hike to stay cool in summer is along Emery Creek deep in the Cohuttas. Involves about 12 stream crossings and ends at a pair of waterfalls, the first 40-50 ft. high and the second about 25 ft. high. Expect to get wet, at least one crossing is knee deep. Water shoes are recommended. There is not much elevation gain, but the footing is rough, and the trail climbs over some large boulders at the confluence of Holly Creek. For those who would like to take a cool dip, there are some swimming holes along Holly Creek. Bring lunch and at least 2 liters of water due to summer heat.
For information on this hike and to register for meeting time and location, contact Hike Leader Mike Pilvinsky (mikepilvinsky AT or call 706-889-5254).
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.
Also, if you ride to the hike in one car and decide to ride back in another car, please notify the first driver of the change.
  September 26 TN/NC Work Trip:  BMT Sections 16d-e - Bald River to Tellico River
Meet at the Pheasant Fields Picnic Area on Tellico River Road just upstream from Green Cove at 9 AM. We will leave some cars there and some at Campsite 11 on Bald River Road, then we will drive to the BMT crossing of Sugar Mountain. One crew will go down the north non-wilderness side to the Tellico River with chain saws and brush cutters. The other crew will go down the south side to the Bald River and Brookshire Creek in the wilderness section with crosscut and swing blades. We should finish by 4 PM.
Drivers will need to have high clearance 4WD vehicles to negotiate Sugar Mountain Road.
Contact: Rick Harris at HarrisRi AT or 423-253-6358 (h), 513-260-1184 (c).
This is your opportunity to see two beatiful mountain rivers and the Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area, an area we hope will soon become a 9000 acre true Wilderness. We will be driving by Bald River Falls and Baby Falls and will be walking past the Upper Bald River Falls. You Georgia folks should come up to Tennessee for this one. Well worth the trip.
November  November 21 Volunteer Training: 
Details to be announced.

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