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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.


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Recurring Monthly Events

  • 2nd Saturday - Georgia Work Trips - coordinated by Phil Guhl
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by John Zardis
  • 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
November  November 14 (Wednesday) Hike: Amadahy Trail at Woodring Branch Park on north shore of Carter’s Lake.  5 miles, easy to moderate.
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT
  November 17 (Saturday) TN Work Trip: Beech Gap to Haoe Lead Trail over Bob Bald
Where: Section 18
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Meet: For Georgia workers wishing to carpool up to the Cherohala Visitor Center, please be at the Blue Ridge Home Depot by 7:15. We'll drive to the Visitor Center in Tellico Plains, arriving by 8:15 and on to Beech Gap by about 9:00. Georgia Volunteers -- Please let Phil or Rick know your plans for attendance, so we can gather the right tools and prepare for the car pool. Tennessee volunteers -- Cherohala Visitor Center, 8:15.
Plan for the day: Lopping and brush cutting
What to bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and snack.
Contact: Let Phil Guhl (pguhl AT or Rick Harris (HarrisRi AT know if you are coming.
  November 23 (Friday) Hike: BMT in the Cohuttas #1: Bushy Head Gap to Hudson Gap and return.  5.2 miles, moderate, 500’ elevation change each way. Beautiful ridge hike.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to 706-669-6406
December  December 7 (Friday) Hike: Stanley Gap Trail from Deep Gap off Aska Road to intersection with BMT, and back.  About 5 miles, moderate.
Contact hike leader Evelin Yarns at eyarns AT
  December 17 (Monday) Hike: BMT in the Cohuttas #2: Hudson Gap to Fowler Mt. and return.  7.6 miles, moderate, about 700’ elevation change each way. Beautiful ridge hike.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT or text to (706)669-6406
February (2019)  February 27-28 (Wednesday - Thursday) Hike: BMTA to Hike Inn.  5.1 miles each way, moderate. Half price. For further information, see Hike Inn story in the BMTA Newsletter or go to the Hike Inn website,
Contact BMTA Hike Director Ken Cissna at kcissna AT for further information and the BMTA reservation code.

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