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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 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
October  October 8 GA Work Trip: On Saturday, October 8, we will be working in the Cohutta Wilderness of Section 10. Our primary work for the day will be clearing deadfall with ax and crosscut saw, but we will also work a few areas with trail hoes to refresh sidehill and clean water diversions. While the first mile or so of trail is outside the wilderness area, we will treat the entire hike as a wilderness hike, and leave our chain-saws at home. Co-Leaders for the day are Phil and Debra Guhl, our husband and wife crosscut team!
Once we reach Watson Gap on Old US 2, the plan is to make the drive from Watson to Dally Gap, parking at Dally and walking/clearing as needed as we walk the Hemp Top Trail to the BMT. After reaching the BMT, we'll hike the 4 mile route back to Watson, where we'll have a couple of vehicles parked to shuttle back to the parking area at Dally. So we'll be hiking and working a total of 5 miles of trail.
We'll meet at 8:00 for breatkfast at the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge, or at Watson Gap on Old US 2 at 9:00.
Please remember to wear long pants and boots. And bring at least two liters of water and something to eat or snack on for lunch.
  October 8-9 Blue Ridge, GA - Arts in the Park: Visit the BMTA Tent at Blue Ridge, GA - Arts in the Park. Members will be there to talk about the trail, group hikes and trail maintenance.
  October 15-16 Ellijay, GA - Ellijay Apple Festival: Visit the BMTA Tent. Members will be there to talk about the trail, group hikes and trail maintenance.
  October 22 TN Work Trip: For our work trip on October 22nd, we will be working in the Tellico Ranger District on BMT Section 15b. We will be using brush cutters and other hand tools to brush out the trail. This is the section that was scheduled for the June work trip when a stop work order was issued for the Tellico Ranger District. The work trip will start from the top of Waucheesi mountain. The road to the top of the mountain will be in much better shape, as the Forest Service has just completed some major work on the road. The top of Waucheesi has some great views in all directions, and the fall colors should be close to peak. From there, it is about a 1/2 mile walk down an old man way to Sixmile Gap where the brush out work will begin. The section to be worked is 1.8 miles long with some up and downhill climbs to Tate Gap. Tate Gap is the site of the Old Doc Rogers house ruins, and a historic point of interest along the trail. From Tate Gap there will be a 2.3 mile hike back to Waucheesi, with some climbs for Cantrell Top and back up Waucheesi.
Meet at the Coker Creek Visitor Center at 8:30 am. Be sure to bring at least 2 quarts of water, lunch, and wear sturdy boots and long pants. Please let Barry Allen know if you plan to attend so that he can plan the work and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Barry's email address is: barry.w.allen AT
  October 22 Hike: BMT Section 4a: We will do a no shuttle in and out from Skeenah Gap to Payne Gap and back. A beautiful section 4a of the BMT. A moderate hike of 4.4 Total miles. Contact Gilbert Treadwell to sign up. gilcraft AT or 404-660-4551.
  October 26 Hike: Benton Falls Area of Tennessee: On Wednesday, October 26 we will return for a couple of easy hikes in the Benton Falls Area of Tennessee lead by Sara Bland followed by a pot luck picnic. For information, contact Sara at jsbland AT
November  November 4-6 2016 Benton MacKaye Trail Association Annual Meeting: Historic Tapoco Lodge, Robbinsville, NC - Saturday Evening Banquet and Group Hikes, Friday - Sunday. See September 2016 Newsletter for details and list of hikes. For Saturday banquet dinner reservations click HERE.

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