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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 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
      October  October 3 Easy-Trek Hike: An Easy-Trek hike to Blood Mountain (north of Dahlonega on U.S. 19/129) is planned for Friday, October 3rd. To sign up or obtain more information about this awesome hike, contact Hike Leader Sara at 770-366-6053.
        October 10 Easy-Trek Hike - Brush Creek Trail: This hike goes from the Boyd Gap Overlook and winds up at Sheep Top Mountain. It then travels close to Ocoee #3 Lake, upstream of the Ocoee Whitewater Center. The trail ends on Highway 64, Approximately 7 miles in length, it is rated Easy due to little elevation change. Meeting location is Piggly Wiggly on Highway 64 in Ducktown.
      To register for hike and for meeting time, contact Hank Baudet at 706-492-4318.
        October 11 GA Trail Maintenance Work Day: '2b or not 2b, that is the Question"
      Actually, it is no longer a question -- we are definitely working BMT section 2b. So please join us Saturday, October 11 as we work southward from Bryson Gap toward No Name Gap. Our plan for the day is to cover approximately 1.5 miles of trail from Bryson Gap into Wildcat Ridge. The work will be varied: a little chainsaw work on some downed trees, some brushing, a few blazes to refresh, some side-hilling and diversion work. Something for everyone!!! A real smorgasbord!!
      For our work crew, plan on meeting in Blue Ride at the Village Restaurant at 8:00. For those who would rather meet closer to the trail-head, let's gather at 9:15 in the parking area on GA Hwy 60 and Little Skeenah Creek (the end of section 2d.) From there, we will consolidate vehicles and drive to Rock Creek Road (the road to the Fish Hatchery), and pick up FS 766, (rather than following Rock Creek to the fish hatchery). FS 766 is not in bad shape, but it is tight, with sweet birch growing thickly by the road side. And not a road for cars -- only vehicles with clearance.
      Please let me know if you are coming, and I look forward to a glorious October day in the woods.
      PS -- there is no 'bad weather' make-up day this month, since the annual meeting is the following weekend in Tennessee. We would move this trip to November in the event of thunderstorms or torrential rains.
      Leader Barry Allen 770-294-7384
        October 17-19 BMTA Annual Meeting: Please call Coker Creek at 423-261-2310 or contact them via the website to make your reservations for meals and a place to sleep. Hikes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday click here for details. Learning opportunity in fun environment Friday evening. Board meeting 4:15-5:00 Saturday. Social Hour until 6:00. Dinner, then meeting with special program, awards, maintainer thank yous, and more. It's more fun when more people come!!!

      Please note the phone number for Coker Creek in the August newsletter is incorrect. The correct phone number for Coker Creek is: 423-261-2310
        October 25 TN/NC Trail Maintenance Work Day:  Farr Gap to Sycamore Creek. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 9 AM. We will carpool to Farr Gap, then will head downhill in this wilderness area toward Sycamore Creek. Along the way we will brush and log out the trail with swingblades, loppers, and crosscut saw. We may not make it all the way to Slickrock Creek, depending on how many workers we have, but we will turn around at whatever time we need to in order to get back to the parking lot by 4 PM. Bring plenty of water or a method of sterilizing water along with your lunch. Also bring gloves, helmet, safety glasses if you have them and wear boots and long pants. We will have loner helmets, gloves and safety glasses. To sign up, contact Rick Harris at HarrisRi AT or 423-253-6358 (home) or 513-260-1184 (cell).

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