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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 Phil Guhl
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by John Zardis
  • 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 - 2019
MonthDateLocation & Details
November  November 30 (Friday) Hike: BMT in the Cohuttas #1: Bushy Head Gap to Hudson Gap and return.  5.2 miles, moderate, 500’ elevation change each way. Beautiful ridge hike.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to 706-669-6406
December  December 7 (Friday) Hike: Stanley Gap Trail from Deep Gap off Aska Road to intersection with BMT, and back.  About 5 miles, moderate.
Contact hike leader Evelin Yarns at eyarns AT
  December 8 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: Between Rhodes Mountain and Payne Gap
Where: Sections 3c and 4a
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Meet: 8:00 at the Village Restaurant (4131 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513) or 9:00 at Skeenah Gap trailhead on Skeenah Gap Road.
Plan for the day: 1) Lopping and tree removal, 2) Water diversions 3) De-berming
What to bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and snack.
Contact: Phil Guhl at pguhl AT or 770-548-5590 (Please RSVP so we can plan on the number of tools, helmets, and FOOD!)
Given we have enough volunteers, the plan for the day is to have three teams:
1.) Team One will be a) lopping Mountain Laurels (to maintain the 4’ corridor), b) cleaning and installing marked water diversions, c) de-berming the downhill side of the trail, and d) tree removal from Payne Gap to Skeenah Gap. Day ends when meeting Team Two.
2.) Team Two will be a) cleaning and installing marked water diversions and b) de-berming the downhill side of the trail from Skeenah Gap towards Payne Gap. Day ends when meeting Team One.
3.) Team Three will be cleaning water diversions from Skeenah Gap to Rhodes Mountain (at Duncan Ridge Trail fork).
Thrivent Action Team will be providing the food and beverages after we get off the trail to reimburse those lost calories! Thank you Patrick Ward.
Phil is working on a few options for parking and will provide the full commuting plan in the next week. Plan is to get off the trail by 2:30 PM and rendezvous for snacks, drinks, and a little social time.
  December 17 (Monday) Hike: BMT in the Cohuttas #2: Hudson Gap to Fowler Mt. and return.  7.6 miles, moderate, about 700’ elevation change each way. Beautiful ridge hike.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to (706)669-6406
January  January 4 (Friday) Hike: BMT from Hwy 515 to Weaver Creek and return.  East 5 mile walk along mostly dirt roads
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to 706-669-6406
  January 14 (Monday) Hike: Big Frog trail to Rough Creek trail to BMT to Thunder Rock Campground.  8.1 miles, moderate. Most of the elevation change is in last few miles, downhill to the campground.
Contact Hike Leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT or 813-310-6084
  January 22 (Tuesday) Hike: Trails of Boling Park in Canton.  Join us for 5-7 miles of easy to moderate hiking to celebrate Hike Leader Howard Baggett’s 80th birthday. Lunch afterwards an option.
Contact Howard Baggett at Howardeb AT
  January 25 (Friday) Hike: BMT Section 9, Dyer Gap to Watson Gap, with a side trip to Shadow Falls.  Easy hike of 4½ miles with lunch along South Jack's River.
Contact hike leader Larry Dumas at ledumas AT
February  February 14 (Thursday) 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). Alternate date if bad weather, February 19 (Tuesday).
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 (Wednesday - Thursday) Hike: BMTA to Hike Inn.  5.1 miles each way, moderate. Half price. For further information, see Hike Inn story in the BMTA Newsletter or go to the Hike Inn website,
Contact BMTA Hike Director Ken Cissna at kcissna AT for further information and the BMTA reservation code.

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