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Overview

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 http://www.youtube.com/user/BentonMacKayeTrail.

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.

Notes



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
      July  July 26 Easy Trek Hike: 8:30 AM along Carter's Lake on Amadahy Trail. Maybe we can beat the heat. Plans are to meet at FOOD LION IN ELLIJAY. Please bring yourself plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray, and picnic lunch (if you choose to stay). Also, wearing some kind of hat to shield your face and head from sun and bugs, might be helpful.
      Please call Hike Leader, Sara Bland, to register: (home) 678-493-2649 or (cell) 770-366-6053.
        July 26 TN/NC Trail Maintenance Work Day: Worktrip leader, Rick Harris, harrisri AT aol.com, 423-253-6358. We will clear the Sycamore Creek section of the BMT from Whigg Meadow Road down to the Tellico Fish Hatchery. We will plan on going in from both ends with chain saw, brushcutters, loppers, and swing blades. The lower two miles of this section of the BMT will be a hike sponsored by the Tellico Wild weekend (Aug 9-10) when Tellico Plains receives its SEFTC/BMTA Trail Town designation.
      Meet behind the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 8 AM. Please let Rick Harris know you are coming in advance.
      August  August 1 Fun Hike - Beech Bottom Trail to Jacks River Falls – 10 easy miles: Although this hike is about 10 miles round trip, it is relatively easy due to little elevation gain. It follows an old abandoned road bed. Highlights are Jacks River at 4 miles and beautiful Jacks River Falls at 4.6 miles. To cool off, some folks say the pool at the base of the falls is the best swimming hole in GA. Bring lots of water and lunch
      Hike Leader is Mike Pilvinsky. To sign up for hike and for meeting time and location, call Mike at 706-273-2086.
        August 9 Georgia Trail Maintenance Work Day (in Tennessee): Our Tennessee brethren can use our help catching up with summer growth after all this rain. So we are once again headed up the “Narrow Road to the Deep North.”*
      We will be working on Section 12b on both sides of the point where the BMT briefly touches the Kimsey Highway at the Deep Gap power line crossing. We will be cutting back vegetation with loppers and swing-blades. Trailhead meeting will be at that Deep Gap power line crossing.
      Long, slow drive; short walk: Unlike the recent Big Frog trips we will not have a long walk in to the work. In fact the work starts right at trailhead! The drive-times, though, are a bit longer, because the 10 miles or so on the Kimsey Highway will take about 45 minutes. The reward – it’s a beautiful section far away from human habitation.
      Meeting information (note new breakfast location): The Breakfast meeting will be at 8:00 AM at the McDonalds at the corner of Hwy 515/US76 and GA 5 (the road to McCaysville). Departure for the trailhead will be at 8:25am sharp. We will consolidate riders behind the DQ, then drive ca. 25 minutes up GA 5/ TN 68 to the sharp left turn at Vic’s Auto Parts onto the Kimsey Highway. Then we drive ca. 45 minutes (at about 15 mph!) on the Kimsey Hwy to the Deep Gap powerline crossing. So the trailhead meeting time is ca. 9:45AM.
      Important Cautionary Notes:
      • (1) Vehicles taken on Kimsey Hwy should have good road clearance. Road is quite eroded in spots. But traction is good; four-wheel drive not required.
      • (2) Water: bring at least two liters; it’s August.
      • (3) Poison ivy and bramble alert: Wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts and/or use Ivy Block liberally.
      FIRST-TIME VOLUNTEERS are most welcome. For what to expect, bring, wear, etc. check here: http://www.bmta.org/pdfs/WorktripsWhatToExpect-revSep2011.pdf
      Trip leader: Tom Keene – tkbmta AT gmail DOT com – (c) 770-548-4935.
      See you there! Should be a great day in the woods!
      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.
      *Apologies to Basho
        August 9-10 Tellico Plains SEFTC/BMTA Trail Town Dedication: The dedication ceremony for the Tellico Plains SEFTC/BMTA Trail Town will be held at 5:30 PM at the Outpost Pavilion at Tellico Plains on Satuday, August 9. The dedication ceremony will include representatives from the BMTA, the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition, TN Wild, SAWS, the USFS, and the mayor of Tellico Plains and of Monroe County TN. After introductions and brief talks by those represented, there will be a presentation of the financial impact of outdoor recreation on small towns which border a national forest. The dedication ceremony will be followed by food, music, and entertainment in the Outpost Pavilion.
      The dedication ceremony will be an integral part of the Tellico Wild Weekend Event sponsored by TN Wild. There will be several hikes and other outdoor fun events in the Tellico area on both Saturday and Sunday. See the attached poster. Sign up for the events is via the TN Wild Meetup Page, www.meetup.com/tennessee-wild. Spaces are limited since many of the hikes are in wilderness, with a limit of 12 participants for each of these events.
      Being designated an SEFTC/BMTA Trail Town will likely bring more hikers and backpackers to the area. A website features the amenities for hikers in the area such as cabins, camping, restaurants, and grocery stores, as well as links to local trails and other outdoor events. A trail guide to the area will in the future become available highlighting the local trails.
        August 20 Kennesaw REI — Benton MacKaye Trail Presentation: BMT Board member Bob Ruby will be giving a presentation on the BMT the evening of August 20th at REI, Kennesaw. Click here for further details and to register.
        August 30 First Aid/CPR Training: Conasauga Ranger District. For more information or to register, please contact Karen Larsen - kalarsen (at) fs.fed.us or call 706-695-6736.
      September  September 18-21 All hikers are welcome at this Biennial Conference:  The 3-day event is sponsored by the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition. Workshops, meals, and special speakers will be in the Blairsville, Georgia area. Hikes will be of varying lengths and difficulty, in the tri-state area. Main speakers include Janet Zeller of the USFS and Ron Tipton of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Details for registration, local housing facilities (inns, cottages, camping), and meals are available on the SEFTC website. (Printable single page flyer)
        September 19 Cross-cut Saw Certification Class:  Blue Ridge Ranger District. For more information or to register, contact Valencia Morris - vcmorris (at) fs.fed.us or call 706-745-6928. Note: to receive a cross-cut saw certification card, you must complete an approved First Aid/CPR course.
      October  October 17-19 BMTA Annual Meeting: This years meeting will be held in Coker Creek, Tennessee. See newsletter or contact Darcy at (bmtadarcy AT yahoo.com) for details.



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