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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

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 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
May  May 11 Hike: Easy 5 miles on the Amadahy Trail at Carters Lake outside Ellijay Contact hike leader Sara Bland: (jsbland AT wind
  May 14 Georgia Work Trip: Section 5
Meet: Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge at 8:00 AM or GA 60 at Wilscot Gap, 9:00 AM.
Plan for the Day: Discussion of emergency procedures, followed by brush and tree removal.
What to bring: minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and snack or lunch for the day.
Contact: Barry Allen at bmtabarry AT or 770-294-7384
This work trip will be somewhat different from recent work events. Before beginning the work day, I plan to discuss the recent trail emergency that occurred while we led a group of volunteers from AT&T to work on section 2. The end of that April day saw the death of a unique individual who chose to help the BMTA on a volunteer work day. The most important thing I hope to accomplish on May 14 will be to have us all think handling trail emergencies before they happen. Phil Guhl and I learned more about trail emergencies in an unforgettable day than most people will think about in 30 years of hiking, so whether you are a section maintainer, a hike leader, a hike participant, or a regular work volunteer, please join us for an hour or two, as I go through an April day and all of the learning that transpired.
  May 21 TN/NC Work Trip: The May work trip will be back at Lost Creek Campground again. We will be working in the other direction from the April Trip, headed south and climbing the ridge through a series of switchbacks. These switchbacks are no longer directing water off the trail, and need tread work to reshape them to the correct standards. There are also other spots through this area that need tread work, so this will be a "dig in the dirt" trip.

Meet at the State Parking Area in Reliance, on the road toward Hiwassee Outfitters before you reach the trestle, at 8:30 am. Be sure to bring at least 2 quarts of water, lunch, and wear sturdy boots and long pants. Please note that Jack Callahan will be leading this work trip. Please let him know if you are attending. Jack's email address is jackn1945 AT
  May 21-22 Backpacking Trip: Moderate backpacking trip along the Benton MacKaye Trail from Three Forks to Highway 60, camping under the iconic swinging bridge at the Toccoa River. Twelve miles in two days. Contact: hike leader (mikepilvinsky AT
  May 28 Hike on Section 2: BMTA and Sierra Club are co-sponsoring a hike on section 2 of the Benton MacKaye Trail from highway 60 to the Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River and back. The number of participants on this hike will be limited so reserve your place early. Priority to BMTA and SC members. The total hike will be 7+ miles; pace will be moderate. We will enjoy a leisurely lunch on the bank of the Toccoa River by the bridge. To register, contact Ken Cissna at kcissna AT or 706-636-1741.
June June 1 Hike: Bob Bald Moderate 7 miles in TN ad NC. Contact hike leaders Rick or Brenda Harris at 423-253-6358.
  June 11 Georgia Work Trip:  Details to be announced.
  June 25 Hike: Benton MacKaye Trail,section 11e plus Rhododendron Trail along the Ocoee River, 4.4 Easy miles near the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Contact hike leaders Claire and Ed Sullivan: (clare7982 AT
  June 25 TN/NC Work Trip:  Details to be announced.
July  July 14 Hike: Flat Creek Loop: This shaded, moderate hike is part of the Aska Adventure Area off of Aska Road just 2 miles outside Blueridge, GA. Hike on a moderate 6.2 mile hike and bike trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack. Contact hike leader Ken Cissna (kcissna AT or 706-636-1741) for meet-up and start time. Afterward, join us us for some of the best pizza or Greek Salad in Blueridge at Blue Jeans.
  July 30 Hike: Section 9: BMT, section 9 with side trip to Shadow Falls on Saturday, July 30. This is an easy 4.5 mile hike beginning at Dyer Gap and traveling along the South Jacks River with a side trip on the South Fork Trail to Shadow Falls and back, terminating at FS Road 64. Contact hike leader Larry Dumas (ledumas AT for meet up time and location.
August  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 or 404-633-8955 for details.

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