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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 2014-2015
      MonthDateLocation & Details
      December  December 13 Georgia Work Trip:  Please join us Saturday, December 13 as we work Section 7c, through the Sisson Property just off Highway 515/US76. Due to the recent sale of a new home on this private property, we have been asked to relocate our trail away from the home. The work for the day will involve a reroute of approximately ˝ mile through the property and beyond. We supply the tools. Let’s meet at Lamar's Corner, formerly L & A Country Store, across from the Pink Pig at 8:30 AM sharp. Come at 8:00 if you would like breakfast at the store. From the Country Store, we’ll have a short drive to the site of the re-route on Section 7, starting work by 9:00. Contact trip leaders for the day, Barry Allen (770-294-7384) or Ralph Heller (770-235-9760), if you plan to come. Please join us on this trip if you are able. We’ll need all the help we can get on this last minute reroute!
      First-timers are most welcome! For what to expect, what to wear, what to bring, go to or call trip leaders Barry Allen (770-294-7384) or Ralph Heller (770-235-9760)
      WEATHER POSTPONEMENT: If weather forces a change of plans, the trip will NOT be cancelled in most cases. Instead we will simply postpone the trip for one week. Because of the changeable na-ture of North Georgia weather we wait as long as possible before postponing. Usually the decision is made early Friday evening and circulated immediately by email.
        December 27 TN/NC Work Trip: TNC work trip will be, “tentative to weather conditions”… working from Whigg Meadow downhill to Mud Gap clearing with chainsaws and brush cutters/loppers as needed. We will carpool from Skyway Visitor Center to Whigg Meadow leaving a vehicle at the Mud gap lot for shuttle. Meet: 8:30 at the Tellico Grains Bakery or at 9 AM behind the Skyway Visitor Center. If you have questions or plan to attend this work trip please send an email to: tncmaint AT
      January  January 2
      Hike: Hiking Tour of Amicalola Falls State Park 
      Length: Approximately 5 miles/moderate
      Elevation Gain: Approx. 1000 ft. from Visitor Center to overlook on Hike Inn Trail
      Hike Description: Hike starts at the top of falls and goes down to the base of the falls and then to the Visitor Center. From the Visitor Center we will hike up the old Approach Trail to the top of the falls and then to the Park Lodge Restaurant where we will eat lunch (optional). After lunch, we will hike about a mile on the Hike Inn Trail to a nice view site and then return to the top of the falls.
      For more information and to register for the hike and get meeting time and location, contact Hike Leader Mike Pilvinsky at oldsoldier67 AT or (706)889-5254.
        January 24 Easy Trek Hike:  From Highway 515/US76 through Sisson Cherry Log Mountain Development to Boardtown Road.
      Length: Approximately 4 miles moderate/easy
      Elevation Gain: Approx. 700 ft.
      For more information and to register for this hike contact Hike Leader Ralph Heller at rshbmta AT or (770)-235-9760.
      February  February 6 Hike: Cloudland Canyon (Rim Trail) 
      Length: Approximately 7 miles - strenuous/moderate
      Parking fee required - 2 hour drive from Ellijay
      Hike Description: An exceptionally beautiful hike with two waterfalls
      Check this web site later or January newsletter for Hike Leader and registration info.

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