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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
August  August 13 GA Work Trip: Section 8: Saturday, August 13 will provide a real challenge and something for all levels of ability and fitness. We will work one of our most remote sections of trail, Section 8 in the Conasauga Ranger District. This is a tough section of trail to work, since access points are few and far between. My plan for the day is to focus on brushing and logging out the worst parts of this long section of trail. So the good news is that we won't be digging! But to accomplish this feat, we will run split crews and we need good turnout.
Phil Guhl will take the fist crew of 2-3 from Bushy Head to Hudson; this section was recently brushed out by a youth group, but has not been logged. Phil will take two people and log out this 2.6 mile section. (For those who need to leave by 1:00 or so, this will be a good option for the day, since it will be our shortest section)
The next group will brush and log from Hudson Gap to McKenny and if time allows, on towards Hatley Gap. This is a 2.5 mile section of trail, but will involve a 5 mile hike if the group makes it all the way to Hatley.
AND if we have enough people, I will take a third group on a real challenge -- a 9 mile hike from Dyer to Hudson. The plan for this small group would be to focus on logging and lopping only. We'll need to keep a steady pace to make it out by 5:00 or so. And I promise, you will sleep well!
Let's meet at 8:00 at the Blue Ridge McDonalds for those who would like to grab a quick bite. Or at 8:30 at the Blue Ridge Home Depot (back side, towards the Dairy Queen) for those not interested in breakfast. We'll arrange ride sharing to the work site at Home Depot and try to get off no later than 8:45.
Remember, it is August. Bring plenty of water -- at least 2-3 liters, Please let Barry Allen know ASAP if you will be able to attend -- even if you can only help with a shuttle, it would be much appreciated.
Please follow the link for reminders on what to expect and bring. http://bmta.org/pdfs/WorktripsWhatToExpect-revSep2011.pdf
  August 20 Hike: Pine Log Creek Loop Trail: Hike the moderate 4.4 mile Pine Log Creek Trail to a historic, rocky, water-filled quarry and through rolling forest north of Allatoona Lake and Cartersville near Waleska. Your hike leader will be Clayton webster, a long time BMTA member whose father hiked with Benton MacKaye. Clayton, has an encyclopedic knowledge of flora in the Appalachian Hills. You always learn something new hiking with Clayton. Contact him at webs4740 AT bellsouth.net or 404-633-8955 for details.
  August 20-21 Hike: Sat & Sun - Canoe/Kayak the Hiwassee and Hike through the gorge: On Saturday, Aug 20 we will offer a canoe/kayak trip on the Hiwassee River from the put-in at the Apalachia Powerhouse downstream to the take out by the railroad bridge at Reliance. You can bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one at Webb Bros or Hiwassee Outfitters. We will put in on the river Saturrday at 11 AM, when TVA opens up the turbines. We will meet at the State Canoe/Kayak Put-In by the railroad bridge in Reliance at 10:30 AM, then carpoor from there to the put-in by the powerhouse. This is a solid class II section of river. You should have some experience in a canoe or kayak to run this section. This is the section which many groups such as the Sierra Club teach kayaking and whitewater canoeing.
Saturday night you could camp out at Parksville Lake Campground or elsewhere, then join in on the hike on Sunday AM. For the hike, we will meet at the Childers Creek Trailhead of the BMT/John Muir Trail at 10 AM, then carpool back up to the powerhouse. We will hike upstream along the river for a mile then join the BMT/JMT and head south back to Childers Creek TH. The distance is about 8 miles. Much of this route is along the edge of the beautiful Hiwassee River.
Come either Saturday or Sunday or both days. Let me know if you plan on coming. Contact me at 513-260-1184 or 423-253-6358 or HarrisRi AT aol.com
  August 27 TN Work Trip: BMT Section 12a: For the work trip on August 27th, we will be continuing our work on the Dry Pond Lead Trail / BMT Section 12a. We plan to continue the brush out of the trail from where we left off in June, near the Wilderness Boundary. We also plan to move the Wilderness Portal Sign from its present location to the actual Wilderness boundary where the trail crosses into the Wilderness. We may also try to clear a few more blow downs with the crosscut if we have time. We will be starting our work about 1 mile in from US 64.
Meet at the #3 Powerhouse near Thunder Rock Campground off US 64 at 8:30 am. Be sure to bring at least 2 quarts of water, lunch, and wear sturdy boots and long pants. Please let Ken Jones know if you plan to attend so that he can plan the work and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
September  September 2 Hike: Mt. Yonah near Cleveland, GA: This is a moderately strenuous hike 2 1/2 miles uphill to the summit of Yohah Mountain, and 2 1/2 miles back down. The climb is over 1400 feet in elevation but you will be rewarded with a magnificent view where we will eat our lunch/snack. Always bring more water than you think you will need. There is no water source on the mountain. Mt. Yohah is also the mountain training ground for the US Army Ranger School and we may see some military activity there. After completing the hike some of us may visit one or more local wineries before returning home. For infomation contact Mike Pilvinsky at mikepilvinsky AT hotmail.com
October  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 windstream.net



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