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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 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).
      November  November 8 GA Trail Maintenance Work Day:  Please join us as we work Section 2b north from No Name Gap into Wildcat Ridge. Our plan for the day is to work selectively on sidehilling and installing water diversions, with some brush removal needed in locations. There may be a tree or two down after recent storms, but I’ll check the section and put a note out to sawyers with the trip reminder. One other item needing special attention is blaze refreshing along the entire route, weather permitting.
      Let’s meet at the Hardee’s in East Elijay at 8:00 AM sharp. If you would rather meet closer to the work site, then we’ll see you at the parking area for Three Forks on FS 58 at 9:15. From Three Forks, we’ll consolidate vehicles and proceed south on FS 58 to FS 251, crossing the AT and heading north back towards the BMT. Hope to see you there. We’ll have a good time AND get some work done – I promise.
      First-timers are most welcome! For what to expect, what to wear, what to bring, go to
      Trip leaders are Barry Allen (770-294-7384) and Tom Keene (770-548-4935)
      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.

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