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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
      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 6 Join us in Dahlonega September 6 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Wilderness in America:  The U.S. Forest Service and many valued partners invite the public to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a celebration in downtown Dahlonega on September 6. Select the following link for details.
        September 13 GA Trail Maintenance Work Day:  So, please join us Saturday, September 13 as we work Section 9 of the BMT, Dyer Gap to Watson Gap. For those familiar with this section, the BMT shares 1.6 miles of trail with the South Fork Trail, as it runs beside the South Fork of the Jacks River. The trail is crossed by several feeder streams, and also has two low lying areas that stay constantly wet. The plan for the day is to muck out two of these low lying areas, then cut timber underpinnings to re-inforce the soft areas, giving folks a solid footpath for hiking. We also need to re-lay some of the stone footsteps crossing the tributaries. Along the way, there is minor slingblade work and a couple of fresh blow-downs to work through as we get closer to Watson Gap. A certified sawyer would be welcome on this trip, but we'll have several handsaws just in case!
      Let's meet at the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge at 8:00 for a good breakfast before our days' work, or at 9:10 at Watson Gap by the Cohutta Wilderness sign. Hope to see you there, so give me a quick call or e-mail to let me know your plans.
      Trip leader for the day is Barry Allen, 770-294-7384 or email (barry.w.allen AT
        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 20 TN/NC Trail Maintenance Work Day:  Tellico Work Trip - BMT from Unicoi Gap to Sandy Gap - We will meet behind the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center at 8 AM, then shuttle from there to our work site. We will be working on brushing and logging out this section of the Benton MacKaye Trail and doing tread repair on the lower section closer to Unicoi Gap. If interested, please contact Travis Schwarzer at (teschwarzer AT or at (423) 253-8412.
        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.
        September 27 Hike & Help the Hemlocks:  Dockery Lake Hemlock Conservation Area - Off Hwy 60, North of Dahlonega. Two Activities: A service project with Save Georgia's Hemlocks and the US Forest Service to treat (or retreat) pre-tagged hemlocks in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

      To joinTreating Trees: Call 706-429-8010 or donna AT
      To join Hike: Call Ralph Heller, 770-235-9760 or rshbmta AT
      October  October 3 Easy-Trek Hike: An Easy-Trek hike to Blood Mountain (north of Dahlonega on U.S. 19/129) is planned for Friday, October 3rd. To sign up or obtain more information about this awesome hike, contact Hike Leader Sara at 770-366-6053.
        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.

      Please note the phone number for Coker Creek in the newsletter is incorrect. The correct phone number for Coker Creek is: 423-261-2310

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