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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

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 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 2018
MonthDateLocation & Details
March  March 3-4 (Saturday & Sunday). Hike: Beginning Backpack Hike on Amadahy Trail  2 mile hike each way, easy. Camping on the shore of Carter’s Lake. A chance to put into practice what you learned at the BMTA Beginning Backpacking class in February.
Contact hike leader Mike Pilvinsky at mikepilvinsky AT
  March 9 (Friday) Hike: Sisson’s Two Covered Bridges  4 miles; easy plus (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 Lake log cabin community. Besides the bridges, we will enjoy two mountain lakes and five footbridges across cascading streams. It should be sweet. Following the hike we will repair to the Pink Pig for lunch.
Contact hike leaders Tom and Jane Keene at tkbmta AT or 770-548-4935 (text ok).
  March 10 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Section 11, Thunder Rock Campground
When: Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 AM
Meet: The Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge at 8:00 or at Thunder Rock Campground on Hwy 64, just past the Ocoee Whitewater Center and behind the Ocoee #3 power plant on the at 9:00
Plan for the day: Bridge Repair, tree removal, step install
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
We have something for everyone on Saturday, March 10! The main job for the day will be to lift up and support a 24’ footbridge which has sunk about 8” on one end. The bulkhead on the south end of this bridge has washed out and needs support to prevent further sinking. We also need to install some anti-skid strips on the bridge, since there are no handrails. And we need to replace several steps as the trail moves uphill from the Ocoee. (we’ll need to carry material for the bridge repair and the step install from the parking area)
Provided we have a sawyer or two, I also plan to send a chain saw team into Section 12 to remove three trees from the trail about 0.75 miles north of Hwy 64, just before the Little Frog Wilderness Boundary. And with good weather and good attendance, we’ll re-blaze this short stretch of trail up to the Wilderness Boundary.
Plan to meet the group at the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge at 8:00 or at Thunder Rock at 9:00. We’ll leave the restaurant promptly at 8:30 in order to be at Thunder Rock CG in Tennessee by 9:00. Hope you can join us for the day! I expect to be done with the days’ projects by 1:00 or so, but as always, turnout is the key.
  March 24 (Saturday). Hike: Boling Park/Etowah River –  5-7 miles, moderate. Almost entirely different trails than we enjoyed last year.
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT
  March 30 (Friday) Hike: Green Mountain Trail in Aska System Trails.  4 miles, easy, with moderate elevation gain and loss. Good views of Lake Blue Ridge. Short shuttle.
For further information, contact hike leader Hank Baudet at 706-946-4318 or Geezer95 AT
April  April 7 (Saturday) Hike: BMT Section 4a from Skeenah Gap to Payne Gap, and back.  4.4 miles, moderate. An opportunity to hike with the section’s trail maintainer and amateur geologist (trail name “Rockman”) as you identify trees, flowers, birds, and rocks.
Contact Gilbert Treadwell at gilcraft AT or 404-660-4551
  April 16 (Monday) Hike: Goforth Creek Trail.  3 miles, easy. In and out. Leisurely hike along a scenic creek.
Contact Hike Leader Hank Baudet at geezer95 AT or 706-946-4318
  April 26 (Thursday) Hike: BMT (sections 12-13) from Reliance to Lost Creek and back.  8 miles, easy. Creek crossing plus see Hiwassee River.
Contact Hike Leader Clare Sullivan at clare7982 AT

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