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Overview

Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2015.  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.

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Recurring Monthly Events

  • 2nd Saturday - Georgia Work Trips - coordinated by Barry Allen
  • 3rd Saturday - Fun Public Hike - coordinated by Ralph Heller
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by Tracy Sheffield (Rick Harris backup)


Planned Activities for 2015
MonthDateLocation & Details
June  June 6 National Trails Day Celebration: 
In Georgia: Meet with BMTA, GATC and Mountain High Hikers at Pavilion 2 in Vogel State park for morning trail maintenance or hikes - your choice. Then a potluck picnic for lunch.
For more information click here or contact Ralph Heller - phone (770)235-9760.
There will be no additional work event in June; however, several of us have signed up for chain saw certification classes being held on our normal second Saturday in the Blue Ridge and Chattooga River Ranger Districts.

In Tennessee/North Carolina: Three hikes are planned - meet at Tellico Plaines Town Square at 9 am. or
Trail maintenance at Towee Creek - meet at Quinn Springs Campground shelter at 9 am.Campground is on Highway 30 west of Reliance, TN.
For more information, contact Richard Harris - harrisri AT aol.com or phone (423)253-6358.
  June 12 Easy Trek Hike to Turtletown Falls: 
Length: Approx. 4 miles - moderate/easy
Hike Description: On this hike, you get two waterfalls for the price of one hike. The first mile is an easy walk on an old road bed along Turtletown Creek. Then, leaving the road bed the trail follows beside the creek until there is a steep descent using switchbacks to get to the base of the first falls. These falls drop about 25 ft. and are divided at the top by a protruding section of rock. The hike to the second falls is about a 3/4 mile easy walk on a gently sloping grade. At the second falls, we will eat lunch. After lunch, the hike back follows the old road bed up Shinbone Ridge with the Hiawassee River valley to the left below. Bring plenty of water.
This hike is full, but if you would like to be on the wait list in case of cancellations, contact Sara Bland (jsbland AT Windstream.net or call (678)493-2649).
Note: On some of our hikes we carpool to the site. Once we get there, we often do a shuttle from the end of the hike back to the starting point. A nice gesture to the drivers would be for folks riding to help chip in for gas.
July  July 11 Annual Walk-Thru:  Details can be found on the Walk-Thru page.
Georgia:  In lieu of a July work trip, our annual trail walk thru evaluation will be held on Saturday, July 11. Please send Barry Allen an email (bmtabarry AT gmail.com) now to reserve a section of trail, or to volunteer for shuttle duty to help out our hikers.
Also in July, we will have a number of youngsters (late teens) from the Youth Conservation Corps working at Fall Branch Falls. The likely date for the YCC work event is Tuesday, July 7 thru Friday, July 10. If you would like to help guide or direct these youngsters (or even grill some burgers for these hard workers), then please contact Barry Allen: bmtabarry AT gmail.com.

TN/NC: 
  July 18 Hike on BMT Section 11e from FS221 to Thunder Rock Campground and then on to Ocoee Whitewater Center via Rhododendron Trail: 
Length: Section 11e is 3.4 miles easy downhill. Rhododendron Trail is a 1.6 mile easy level walk along the Ocoee River.
Hike Description: This Easy Trek hike starts at the intersection of FS 221 and the BMT (the beginning of BMT Section 11e going north). It is a nice easy downhill to the Ocoee River. The hike then follows the river upstream to the Whitewater Center with good views of the river, rafters and kayakers negotiating the rapids. There are picnic tables along the river for lunch. Bring lots of water.
For information on this hike and register to get meeting time and location contact Hike Leader Ralph Heller (rshbmta AT gmail.com or call 770-235-9760).
Note: On some of our hikes we carpool to the site. Once we get there, we often do a shuttle from the end of the hike back to the starting point. A nice gesture to the drivers would be for folks riding to help chip in for gas.
August  August 14 Waterfall trail hikes (Dukes Creek Falls and Raven Cliff Falls): 
Length: Dukes Creek 2.2 easy miles in and out, Raven Cliff 5 miles in and out easy to moderate
Hike Description: On this day there will be multiple waterfalls. We will warm up with an easy hike on a paved trail to Dukes Creek Falls, a 250 ft. drop. From the Dukes Creek parking lot, it is a short drive to the Raven Cliff trailhead. The Raven Cliff Trail provides four waterfalls, an unnamed 10 footer, an unnamed 35 footer, and upper and lower Raven Cliff Falls. The lower falls, called Raven Cliff Grotto is a cleft in the cave like walls where the water tumbles 40 ft. At the falls area there is also the impressive Raven Cliffs, which are up to 125 feet above the creek. Bring water, bring lunch and bring your camera.
For information on this hike and to register for meeting time and location, contact Hike Leader Mike Pilvinsky (mikepilvinsky AT hotmail.com or call 706-889-5254).
Note: On some of our hikes we carpool to the site. Once we get there, we often do a shuttle from the end of the hike back to the starting point. A nice gesture to the drivers would be for folks riding to help chip in for gas.



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