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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


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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 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
November  November 1 (Wednesday) Hike: Etowah/Boling Park – version #2   5.5 miles, average to moderate
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT windstream.net
  November 3-5 BMTA Annual Meeting Weekend:  Vogel State Park, Blairsville, Georgia
Have you registered, paid for the Friday evening dinner, and indicated your menu preference? If not click HERE.
Note that the dinner banquet is on Friday evening this year.
There will be a wide variety of hikes—at or around Vogel State Park. More information will be forthcoming.
  November 11 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Section 3a
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Meet: 8:00 at Iron Bridge Café, 8436 Aska Road in Blue Ridge or 9:00 at GA 60 across from Forest Service Road to Swinging Bridge (please call or e-mail if you need exact directions)
Plan for the day: Replacement of steps on section 3, north of Little Skeenah Creek
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
Please join us on Saturday, November 9 as we work section 3 at Little Skeenah Creek. Our plan for the day is to replace approx. 24 steps on section 3 about a quarter of a mile north of Little Skeenah Creek. The work will involve hauling ten 6x6 pressure treated timbers from GA 60 to the work site. Once at the site, we will remove existing log steps, prep the site and install new 6x6 timbers.
We hope to have several college students on this trip to help carry material, but the more people who turn out for the event, the fewer trips each team will need to make. Round trip from GA 60 is about a half-mile for each four-man mule team.
In addition to carrying material to the site, our work will be with Pulaski, trail hoe and shovels as we remove old steps, level the site, and install new steps.
Hope to see you there!
P.S. -- Material for this project is courtesy of Thrivent Financial and the care, generosity and time of one of our volunteers!
See more details in the November newsletter.
  November 18 (Saturday) Hike: Unicoi Turnpike Trail to BMT in TN and out westward to Hwy. 68.  7 miles, moderate – includes some of the "Trail of Tears" on the UTT.
Contact hike leader George Owen at gowen2 AT tds.net
December  December 2 (Saturday) Hike: Raven Cliff Falls.  6 miles, moderate, in and out. We will pass several other falls on this hike. The falls shoot through a cliff and the water falls 170 feet.
Contact hike leader Larry Dumas at ledumas AT hotmail.com
  December 9 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Section 6, Fall Branch Falls
When: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00 AM
Meet: The Iron Bridge Café and General store at 8:00 or Fall Branch Falls at 9:00
Plan for the day: Finish long-suffering re-route at Fall Branch Falls, clean water diversions
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
Before the year ends, we really must get back to Fall Branch Falls for some finish up work! We have just a few more steps to install, but we’ll need to haul in another timber or two. We also have about 50’ of trail to dig, and just up from the falls, we have a number of water diversions to spruce up for the wet months ahead.
I hope to make this a shorter day than our November day on Little Skeenah Creek, ending by lunchtime. And if the day is nice, I’ll bring a grill and we can share a burger and brat down on the creek! And maybe some egg-nog and holiday cheer. MERRY CHRISTMAS and thanks for all you do.
-- Barry Allen
  December 15 (Friday) Hike: BMT: Highway 60 to Swinging Bridge on the Toccoa River.  4 miles, moderate. Shuttle
Contact hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu or 706-636-1741



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