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Overview

Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2018.  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.

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 2018
MonthDateLocation & Details
May  May 24 (Thursday) Hike: Big Frog Mt. via Big Frog Mt. Trail and BMT and return.  11-12 miles total. Moderate to strenuous difficulty uphill first half and downhill last half. Hiking time about 7 hours. Elevation change is 1300’ feet (each way), starting at 2900’ climbing to 4220’ at the top. Beautiful views along the ridge lines.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT yahoo.com or text to (706)669-6406.
June  June 5 (Tuesday) Hike: BMT Dry Gap to Thunder Rock Campground on the Kimsey “Highway”.  5.7 miles; moderate. Starts with an uphill ¾ mile 500 feet elevation then downhill all the way to the Ocoee River.
This is a spectacular hike mostly along a ridge. 15 mile shuttle. Kimsey “Highway” is a historic Indian Trail. Views at the top of the Hiwassee River Watershed are breath taking. Given the lengthy shuttle, we may do this as a “key exchange” if enough sign up for this event. The two hike leaders are willing to do the harder/uphill portion of the hike.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT yahoo.com or text to (706)669-6406.
June  June 10 (Sunday) Hike: Identifying Mushrooms in Boling Park/Etowah River Trails  4-5 miles, moderate. We’re hoping the mushrooms are as plentiful this year as they were last year.
Contact hike leaders Howard Baggett and Lydia Kieft at howardeb AT windstream.net.
  June 15 (Friday) Hike: Lake Russell Trail.  5 mile loop, easy. Optional additional 2.7 mile loop to Nancy Town Falls (also easy)
Around beautiful Lake Russell in the 17,300 acre Lake Russell WMA near Cornelia, GA. Great scenery and abundant wildlife. We will start at Nancy Town Lake, circle Lake Russell, cross the dam, and walk through a nice campground, picnic area, and swimming beach.
Contact hike leader Clayton Webster at webs4740 AT bellsouth.net or at 404-633-8955.
  June 22 (Friday) Hike: Shady Falls to Lake Blue Ridge.  4 miles, easy. In Aska Trail System.
Contact hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu or 813-310-6084.
July  July 7 (Saturday) Hike: Flat Creek Loop.  5.6 miles, moderate. In Aska Trail System.
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT windstream.net.
  July 9 (Monday) Hike: BMT from Watson Gap to Dyer Gap (Cohuttas).  5 miles, easy to moderate. 4 mile shuttle on dirt road.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT yahoo.com or text to (706)669-6406.
  July 13 (Friday) Hike: Emery Creek (Cohuttas).  5 miles, easy to moderate. In and out. Twenty stream crossings – water up to your knees! Two waterfalls.
Contact hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu or 813-310-6084.
  July 23 (Monday) Hike: Quiet, meditative hike on Boling Park/Etowah River trails in Canton.  4-6 miles, moderate.
Contact hike leader Darcy Douglas at bmtadarcy AT yahoo.com.
  July 26 (Thursday) Hike: BMT (sections 12-13) from Reliance to Lost Creek Campground and back.  8 miles, easy. Creek crossing plus see Hiwassee River.
Contact Hike Leader Clare Sullivan at clare7982 AT gmail.com.
August  August 10 (Friday) Hike: BMT – Highway 60 to Suspension Bridge and back.  7.4 miles, moderate. Lunch on the bank of the Toccoa River (bring your own).
Contact hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu or 813-310-6084.
  August 16 (Thursday) Hike: Clemmer Trail Hike.  4.3 miles, moderate. Gradually uphill. Ocoee area.
Contact hike leader Clare Sullivan at clare7982 AT gmail.com.
  August 17 (Friday) Hike: Talking Rock Nature Preserve trails.  6 miles, easy and moderate.
Contact hike leader Darcy Douglas at bmtadarcy AT yahoo.com.



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