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Overview

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 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


US Forest Service Alerts and Notices


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 Mike Pilvinsky

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
MonthDateLocation & Details
February  February 4 Hike: Brush Creek Trail. 6.3 easy miles from Boyd Gap Overlook to Highway 64 in Ocoee, TN Contact hike leader Tom Sewell: (sewelltom AT yahoo.com) or 706- 669-6406.
  February 13 Georgia Work Trip: Section 2c, Bryson Gap to Toccoa River  
Where:Section 2c
When:Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00 AM
Meet:Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge at 8:00 or GA 60 at Little Skeenah Creek, across from FS 313 to the Swinging Bridge, 9:00.
Plan for the Day:Tread work, cleanout of water diversions, and some brush/tree removal from recent rain and wind.
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 gmail.com or 770-294-7384
Please join us for our February trip as we begin a series of work dates intended to show off our trail, month by month. We’ll begin with section 2 in February, and move to section 3 in March and so on down the line. (Of course, we may be sidetracked with emergencies during the year, but we’ll address that as needed) In February, we will be working from the Swinging Bridge toward Bryson Gap. This area of well used trail needs tread work and water diversion cleanout in a number of places, as well as some new diversions installed. We also will work to remove small trees and brush from under the bridge before they grow larger and become a problem. Our section maintainer for 2c, Mark Yost, will join us as Co-Leader and saw man for the day. Hope to see you there.
  February 20 TN/NC Work Trip:  The regular BMT monthly work trip will be on Section 12b, Dry Pond Lead Trail intersection to Kimsey Highway crossing. We will be digging the tread wider in a side hill spot adjacent to the Dry Pond Lead Trail. We will hike in about 1/2 mile up the trail from Kimsey Highway to reach the work location.
Meet at the State Parking Area in Reliance, on the road toward Hiwassee Outfitters before you reach the trestle, at 8:30 am. Be sure to bring at least 2 quarts of water, lunch, and wear sturdy boots. Please let me know if you plan to attend so that I can have enough tools and Personal Protective Equipment for the work crew.
Thanks for your help, Ken Jones
  February 24 Len Foote Hike Inn:  Overnight hike trip
Moderate 5 miles. Join the BMTA on our annual winter outing to the beautiful Hike Inn. Sit around the crackling fire, enjoy two great meals, watch the sunrise from the cozy "Sunrise Room." Contact: reservations@Hike-Inn.com include your phone number in your email, and they will call you to confirm your reservation. Hikers must check in at the Amicalola Falls SP welcome center by 2 PM on the day of the hike. For additional information contact (mikepilvinsky AT hotmail.com).
March  March 5-6 Appalachian Trail Kick-Off: BMTA will have an information display table at ATKO (Appalachian Trail Kick-Off) at Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge, 10AM - 4PM. President Bob Ruby will do a power point presentation, on the BMT, March 5th at 1pm.
  March 12 Georgia Work Trip: Details to be announced.
  TBD Backpacking Clinic:  Learn from AT section hiker Travis Crouch and his wife Shirley as they share their experiences to make your backpacking venture more enjoyable. This clinic will be held near their store which is 4 miles north of Ellijay on highway 515. Date and contact information will be posted when finalized.
  March 18-19 Backpacking Trip:  Easy backpacking trip on the Amadahy Trail at Carters Lake. Just 2.5 miles to the camp site, this short hike will allow you to test your gear and your planning without hours of sweat and toil. This is a kid friendly trip! Because of the limited elevation change, the short distance, the prepared campsites, privies, and picnic tables, it is an ideal opportunity to expose kids to backpacking with the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. This trip will be limited to 10 backpackers (not including kids.) Contact: hike leader (mikepilvinsky AT hotmail.com).
  March 23 Hike: Bald River Trail. This moderate 8 mile trail in TN will have a 10:00 AM meet up time to allow most Georgians to participate with out leaving home before sunrise. Contact hike leaders Rick or Brenda Harris at 423-253-6358.
  March 26 TN/NC Work Trip: Details to be announced.
April  April 9 Georgia Work Trip:  Details to be announced.
  April 16 Hike: Cartecay River Loop Trail. Easy 4 miles along the Cartecay River near Ellijay. Contact hike leader Marcia Lehman: (miehman10 AT yahoo.com).
  April 23 TN/NC Work Trip:  Details to be announced.
  April 29 Lady Slipper Hike:  Always a highlight, find hundreds of Lady Slippers along this moderate Benton MacKaye Trail section from Fall Branch Falls to Weaver Creek. Flame Azaleas are often see as well on this hike. Late morning start for this hike. Contact hike leader Joy Forehand: (jwfbrga AT gmail.com).
  April 30 First Annual Trout Fest:  BMTA will have an information booth at the First Annual Trout Fest, 10AM - 5PM, in the Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA.
May  May 11 Hike: Easy 5 miles on the Amadahy Trail at Carters Lake outside Ellijay Contact hike leader Sara Bland: (jsbland AT wind stream.net).
  May 14 Georgia Work Trip: Details to be announced.
  May 21-22 Backpacking Trip: Moderate backpacking trip along the Benton MacKaye Trail from Three Forks to Highway 60, camping under the iconic swinging bridge at the Toccoa River. Twelve miles in two days. Contact: hike leader (mikepilvinsky AT hotmail.com).
  May 25 Hike: Bob Bald Moderate 7 miles in TN ad NC. Contact hike leaders Rick or Brenda Harris at 423-253-6358.
  May 28 TN/NC Work Trip: Details to be announced.
June  June 11 Georgia Work Trip:  Details to be announced.
  June 25 Hike: Benton MacKaye Trail,section 11e plus Rhododendron Trail along the Ocoee River, 4.4 Easy miles near the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Contact hike leaders Claire and Ed Sullivan: (clare7982 AT gmail.com).
  June 25 TN/NC Work Trip:  Details to be announced.



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