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Overview

Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2017.  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 http://www.youtube.com/user/BentonMacKayeTrail.

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.

Notes


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 2017
MonthDateLocation & Details
May  May 3 (Wednesday) Hike: Lady Slipper Hike – BMT from Fall Branch Falls to Weaver Creek (sections 6b, 6c, and 6d).  This hike is a moderate to strenuous 6.2 miles. We will pause first at the ever-popular Fall Branch Falls after hiking under half mile. As we approach our lunch stop at the top of Rocky Mountain, we will find loads of Trillium lining the trail. The last section of the hike takes us past several Lady Slipper gardens, some filled with hundreds of the beautiful pink orchid. Wild Azaleas should be in bloom as well.
For more information on this hike, contact hike leader Joy Forehand at jwfbrga AT gmail.com or call (706) 946-0336.
  May 8-10 (Monday - Wednesday) Canoe/Kayak Trip:  We will camp at designated, back country campsites and explore Lake Calderwood, a remote and undisturbed lake near the TN/NC border just to the west of the famous Route 129, the Dragon of sports car and motorcycle fame. Fishing is permitted with either a Tennessee or North Carolina License. We’ll have a chance to explore the Slickrock Creek Trail, see an old railroad tunnel you can boat through, and relax and enjoy the solitude on the water. Distances are 5-8 miles a day by boat.
For more information, contact trip Leader Dick Evans at 828-479-2503. Reservations are necessary.
  May 13 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Sections 1 through 7
When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Meet: 8:00 at Iron Bridge Cafe and General Store, 8436 Aska Road in Blue Ridge
Plan for the day: Trail assessment of sections 1 through 7, from Springer Mtn to Boardtown Road
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 gmail.com or 770-294-7384
We will divide our work group into teams of 2-3 people and walk as much of the trail as possible from Springer to Hwy 515, noting blowdowns and severity so that saw crews may begin removal. Of course, my hope is that the wind event did not bring down as many trees as I fear, but we need to assess the trail and make sure it is passable.
Meet for breakfast at the Iron Bridge Café and General Store on Aska Road as planned, at 8:00. From there, we will divide into groups for the day's hike and trail assessment and hit the road. (Some of the worst of the damage seems to be in the Aska area, so sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be the most critical sections to walk.)
If any of you are available to assess trail before next Saturday, please call or send Barry a note. If we can walk a few sections in the next few days, then we'll have less trail to cover next Saturday.
  May 18 (Thursday) Hike: BMT Hiwassee River to Lost Creek Campground and Back.  An easy to moderate 5.6 miles—approximately 3 hours on the trail. Many hikers consider this section outstanding as it parallels Big Lost Creek through a deep limestone gorge with cascades and small waterfalls. Consider wearing water shoes as some might want to cross the creek to the campground rather than the road. We'll hike to Lost Creek Campground, eat lunch and then hike back to our cars at the USFS River Access Recreation Area. You'll see the designated "National Scenic River," the Hiwassee, as well as the historic Webb Brothers store in Reliance. The campground has picnic tables and vault toilets.
Contact hike leader Clare Sullivan at clare7982 AT gmail.com
  May 26 (Friday) Hike: Covered Bridge to Covered Bridge on BMT in Sisson property.  4 miles; easy to moderate (some hills); approximately 2 hours on the trail. Using the BMT and adjacent (mostly) dirt roads, this leisurely hike will link the two covered bridges in the Sisson’s Cherry Log Mountain log cabin community. Besides the bridges, we will enjoy two mountain lakes, five footbridges across cascading streams – and, with luck, a lovely stand of nodding trilliums. It should be sweet. Following the hike we will repair to the Pink Pig for lunch.
For further information, contact hike leaders Tom and Jane Keene at tkbmta AT gmail.com or 770-548-4935 (text ok).
June  June 9 (Friday) Hike: Turtletown Creek Falls.  A moderate 4 mile loop hike to two of the prettiest waterfalls in the area.
For further information, contact hike leader Evelin Yarns at 828-837-7237.
  June 17 (Saturday) Hike: BMT Section 11e to Chestnut to Thunder Rock Express to Rhododendron to the Ocoee Whitewater Center.  This hike will meet at the Ocoee Whitewater Center to watch the arrival of the water-release prior to hiking. The riverbed fills in 5 minutes. Thus the hike will not begin until 10:15am. Lunch will be at the OWC picnic area while watching lots of kayakers and rafters enjoy the Olympic Section of the Ocoee River. Information on the 1996 Olympics and the copper mines will be shared. We will shuttle to the trailhead. The beautiful Visitor’s Center has a gift shop and restrooms. Hike is approximately 3.8 miles and easy (all downhill).
Contact Hike Leader Clare Sullivan at clare7982 AT gmail.com.
  June 24 (Saturday) Hike: Etowah River Trails near Boling Park in Canton – Part 2.  For those who enjoyed the winter hike at Boling Park and for those who have heard what good trails are there, we are going to hike there again. We’ll do 4-7 miles on mostly loops that we did not hike on last time around. Again, convenient to our Atlanta area hikers, and of average to moderate difficulty.
For further information, contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT windstream.net.



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