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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
      August  August 20 Kennesaw REI — Benton MacKaye Trail Presentation: BMT Board member Bob Ruby will be giving a presentation on the BMT the evening of August 20th at REI, Kennesaw. Click here for further details and to register.
        August 23 TN/NC Trail Maintenance Work Day: Want to learn about crosscut saws and how to use them? Join SAWS for a day on the Benton MacKaye Trail for a “logging out” trip, where the crew will remove fallen trees from across the trail. Crew will use crosscut saws to cut out trees, as well as hand saws and loppers for brushing out the trail corridor. Both certified and new sawyers are welcome. We will carpool from the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center to Sledrunner Gap and work towards Brookshire Creek. Bring a day pack, rain gear, lunch, and at least 2 liters/quarts of water. Durable, full-length pants and cut-resistant boots with ankle coverage are mandatory to comply with safety requirements. Hard hats, safety glasses, and gloves are required and will be provided. New volunteers are always welcome and our experienced staff leaders are happy to show you the ropes!
      Meeting time is 9:00AM at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains. This trip is also being treated as a SAWS Wild Crew Event and registration for the day is available at
      We will be working on brushing and logging out both trail north and south from Sled Runner Gap in the Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area. We will be using traditional tools.
        August 23 Easy Trek Hike - Stanley Creek, Stanley Gap, Fall Branch Falls loop: This little known loop qualifies as an Easy Trek hike of a little over three miles. It follows Stanley Creek upstream from the falls parking area and involves two stream crossings. Wet feet are a possibility! From there it climbs gently to a Forest Service Road which takes us to Stanley Gap. The hike then follows Stanley Gap trail to the intersection with the Benton MacKaye Trail. It then follows the BMT down to Fall Branch Falls and down to the parking lot to form the loop. Bring lots of water and lunch.
      Hike leader is Ralph Heller. To sign up for the hike and for meeting time and location, call Ralph at 770-235-9760.
        August 30 First Aid/CPR Training: Conasauga Ranger District. For more information or to register, please contact Karen Larsen - kalarsen (at) or call 706-695-6736.
      September  September 5 Fun Hike:  Friday September 5. Hike to the top of Mt. Yonah, located near Cleveland, GA. This hike is moderate to strenuous with almost 1400 feet of elevation gain in 2.6 miles. For information contact hike leader Mike Pilvinsky @ 706-273-2086
        September 18-21 All hikers are welcome at this Biennial Conference:  The 3-day event is sponsored by the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition. Workshops, meals, and special speakers will be in the Blairsville, Georgia area. Hikes will be of varying lengths and difficulty, in the tri-state area. Main speakers include Janet Zeller of the USFS and Ron Tipton of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Details for registration, local housing facilities (inns, cottages, camping), and meals are available on the SEFTC website. (Printable single page flyer)
        September 19 Cross-cut Saw Certification Class:  Blue Ridge Ranger District. For more information or to register, contact Valencia Morris - vcmorris (at) or call 706-745-6928. Note: to receive a cross-cut saw certification card, you must complete an approved First Aid/CPR course.
        September 27 TN/NC Trail Maintenance Work Day:  Meeting time is 9:00AM at the Unicoi Overlook Parking Area on the Cherohala Skyway just east of the state line/Beech Gap. Since most of this section is in designated Wilderness, only hand tools will be used to maintain this high altitude section of the Trail. We will follow the BMT over the bridge we relocated last year, and then north on the BMT/Fodderstack Trail, and return the same route. This is a fairly level stretch of trail, and we should be able to see the start of the Fall colors. Bring water, lunch and rain gear. For more information, call Trip Leader Dick Evans at 828-479-2503.
      October  October 17-19 BMTA Annual Meeting: This years meeting will be held in Coker Creek, Tennessee. See newsletter or contact Darcy at (bmtadarcy AT for details.

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