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Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2018.  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.

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.


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 Ken Cissna

Note: Some of these activities are considerable driving distances. Please contribute gas money to your driver when you carpool. Thank You!

Planned Activities for 2018
MonthDateLocation & Details
September  September 1 (Saturday) Hike: BMT, Whigg Meadow (4940’) to Fish Hatchery at Tellico River (2120’).  7.3 miles, moderate. Virtually all downhill. Long shuttle.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to (706)669-6406
  September 8 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Watson Gap
When: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Meet: 7:30 at the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge, GA (4131 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA ) or 8:30 at Watson Gap on Old GA Hwy 2/USFS 64.
Plan for the day: Tree and brush removal , Storm clean-up.
What to bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and snack.
Contact: Barry Allen at bmtabarry AT or 770-294-7384
On Saturday, September 8, we will do something we have never done before! We will try to work three sections of trail in a single day!! But of course, we will modify the plan based on final turn-out.
Watson Gap will be the jump off point for three work teams. We would like for everyone to do something they enjoy or see a new section of trail. We’ll need leaders and participants for three events. The first event will be on the Jacks River trail system. As good National Forest volunteers, we’ll go where the need is greatest in September. So we’ll send at least two cross-cut certified saw teams (including swampers) to Dally Gap to hike into the Jacks River and begin removing debris from the first (and second) river crossing on the Jacks River. These teams will get wet (to knee level) crossing the river. (you may consider carrying some boat shoes or sandals and convertible pants for the river, before changing back to boots on the other side.) Bring gloves and folding hand saws if you have them to help with small debris removal. I’ll bring pulaskis and 4-5 bow saws of various sizes. Cross-cut sawyers will have their hands full for the day. If time allows, we also have a couple of trees down on the BMT within the first half mile south from the JRT.
The second group will work with one sawyer from Pate Gap down to the South Fork of the Jacks River. Summer growth and small tree removal will be the order of the day. There are a few water diversions that need attention, but the South Fork is a beautiful place for a leisurely lunch.
The third group will see the ferns of Flat Top Mtn near Dyer Gap. If we have enough volunteers, we’ll dispatch a group from Watson Gap to Dyer Cemetery/Dyer Gap to work a bit of trail on both sides of Flat Top Mtn. through the “Trail of Ferns.” This will be mostly lopper and sling blade work, but we do have a few trees down on this section as well.
  September 22 (Saturday)
9 AM – 4 PM
Grand Opening: Fall Branch Falls.  Join us for the Benton MacKaye Trail Association’s Grand Opening of The Fall Branch Falls Reroute! Enjoy Complimentary Donuts, Coffee and Hot Dogs Hot Off the Grill and hike to the falls!
Contact Joy Forehand, jwfbrga AT / 706-946-0336
  September 26 (Wednesday) Hike: Cartecay Loop.  4 miles, easy to moderate mostly along the Cartecay River.
Contact hike leader Sara Bland at jsbland AT
  September 28 (Friday) Hike: BMT, Patterson Ridge Plunge.   Approximately 5 miles, easy plus; approximately 2.5 hours on the trail.
This leisurely hike samples the great views (and posh houses) along Patterson Ridge in the Sisson Cherry Lake community, and then follows a little used section of the BMT for a long downhill to Boardtown Road. After a break we will hike back to the ridge at a leisurely pace. Much of the trail follows a nice stream with excellent stands of Creeping Cedar and Galax. With luck we will enjoy some early fall color. After the hike, those who wish will head to Blue Jeans Pizza in Blue Ridge for a recovery ale and lunch.
Contact hike leaders Tom and Jane Keene at tkbmta AT gmail DOT com or 770-548-4935 (text ok).
October  October 3 (Wednesday) Hike: Talking Rock Nature Preserve,  4 miles, easy.
Contact hike leader Sara Bland at jsbland AT
  October 6 (Saturday) Hike: BMT, Highway 515 to Weaver Creek and return,  5 miles, easy. Mostly dirt roads.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to (706)669-6406
  October 30 (Tuesday) Hike: Big Frog Mtn. via Big Frog Mtn. Trail and BMT trail and return,  11-12 miles total. Moderate to strenuous difficulty; 1300’ elevation change. Uphill first half, downhill last half. Hiking time about 7 hours. Beautiful views along the ridge lines along the way.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to (706)669-6406

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