"...leaving a footpath for generations to follow."
The Benton MacKaye Trail 2007 Databook, Charter Edition
First printing released April of 2007
Second printing, in full color throughout, released September of 2007
Second edition - Released July of 2009
Third edition, First Printing - Released January of 2012 (A minor revision of previous editions)
Current - Fourth edition, First Printing Released June of 2013 (A minor revision of previous editions)
What It Is (and Isn't)
The current Databook is a 36-page booklet (4" x 5") with a glossy, waterproof coating on the outside cover. It provides distance and location information to essential resources in an abbreviated format for both northbound and southbound directions. Listed resources include such items as road access points and water sources. Besides the 16 data pages, there are several more covering things like trail markers, trail overview and map, and major intersecting trails. The entire 288-mile BMT is covered, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Davenport Gap on the north side of the Smokies, also the Springer Mt. approach trail.
While distances and directions to important milestones and features are given, the Databook is not a guide book. There are no detailed maps, listings of facilities with contact information, etc., as one would find in a trail guide. (But most of that information is available on this website; see Hiker Resources page.)
How to Get A Copy
Order from the BMTA Store.
The BMT Databook is also available from the following merchants and facilities:
♦ North Georgia Mountain Outfitters in Ellijay, GA
♦ REI in the Atlanta area, 4 stores, plus Asheville
♦ The Walasi-Yi Center at Neels Gap, in Georgia
♦ Rock Creek Outfitters in Chattanooga, TN
♦ The Olympic Whitewater Center on US Hwy 64, east of Cleveland, TN (not stocked yet)
♦ Little River Trading Co. in Maryville, TN
♦ The Charles Hall Museum in Tellico Plains, Tennessee
Updates to the Current and Previous Editions
♦ Page viii, Reporting Trail Conditions: Contact form is recommended for sending in reports on trail conditions.
♦ Page 10, mile 151.5: After crossing the bridge over the Tellico River, should list a campsite(s), Cw.
Errata, Current and Previous Editions
♦ (First printing only) Page viii, Updates and Feedback, web address is given as "www.BMTA.org/Databook," but should read www.BMTA.org/BMTdatabook.htm (this webpage).
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