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Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2016.  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 Ken Jones
  • 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 2016 - 2017
MonthDateLocation & Details
December  December 7 Atlanta REI: BMT Presentation by Bob Ruby. 7PM - 8:30PM, 1800 NE Expy NE, Atlanta GA 30329 - Register at
No charge for admission.
December  December 8, 9 and 10 GA Work Trips: Three consecutive days at Fall Branch Falls
Where: Fall Branch Falls
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday December 8th, 9th and 10th
Meet: Fall Branch Falls, 9:00 AM
Plan for the day: Tread work, step work at ramp
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
Our plan for December is different from our normal work trip. We need two or three people each day to work setting 6x6 timbers on the steps up from Fall Branch Falls. We expect it will take two days to finish the job, but will plan on Saturday to complete any final details at the Falls.
Setting 6x6 pressure treated steps is a slower and more tedious job than a normal work event, and the number of people needed each day is lower than a normal event. We expect to work from about 9:00 to 2:00 and then call it a day. If your schedule allows you to volunteer one of these days, then please give me a call or send an e-mail letting me know when you are available.
  December 9 Hike: Big Frog Trail and BMT to Big Frog Mountain and back.  11-12 miles total, moderate to strenuous difficult, about 6.5 hours of hiking. Elevation change about 1300 feet: From 2900 feet at the start to 4220 at the top. Diving distance on Dirt Rd. 3.2 miles from Thunder Rock via FS 45 & 221. Beautiful views along ridgelines. Big Frog Trail intersects the BMT which leads to the top. Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at 'SewellTom AT'
  December 16 Hike: Etowah River Trails near Boling Park in Canton. Here is a hidden gem convenient to our Atlanta hikers. Behind Boling Park in Canton, Ga with two hilly loops and an easy return along the Etowah River. 7.6 miles with 1139 feet total elevation change. We will snack at the "Haunted Church" and visit the "Satonic baptismal". Contact Howard Baggett at howardeb AT
January  January 9 Hike: BMT to John Muir trail along the Hiawassee River.  We will enter the BMT on Hwy 68 north of Farner, TN and hike the BMT 3.7 miles to intersection of John Muir trail (has a few "blow downs") then head back along the Hiawassee (5 miles some rocky footing and boulders along the river) to Hwy 68. Involves 2.5 mile shuttle on Hwy 68. Total hiking 8.7 miles. Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at 'SewellTom AT'.

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