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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
August  August 12 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Section 10c and 10d
When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Meet: 8:00 at Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge or 9:00 at Dally Gap
Plan for the day: Lopping, trimming and sling blade work
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, August 12 as we work section 10 in the Cohutta Wilderness. This will be a joint work event with Team Conasauga, Back Country Horsemen and the United States Forest Service. We need a great showing from the Benton MacKay Trail Association, so please put this on your calendar.
This is a long stretch of trail – five miles to be exact. With good turnout, my goal is to take 3-4 adventurous folks all the way to Double Spring Gap to work with the horsemen on the stretch of trail from Double Spring back to Hemp Top. The rest of the group will be spread out from Dally to north of Hemp Top. The day is over when the horsemen meet up with the rest of the group coming from Hemp Top.
Several years ago, we did a similar event and ended the day with a cookout, including hamburgers, hotdogs and all the fixins, complete with watermelon and dessert; we could also use volunteers to help coordinate food, drink and cooking at Dally Gap – ending the day around 4:00.
  August 16 (Wednesday) Hike: Cartecay Loop Trail  4 miles, easy to moderate – a loop mostly along the banks of the Cartecay River
Contact hike leader Sara Bland at jsbland AT windstream.net
  August 24 (Thursday) Hike: Emery Creek Trail  5-6 miles, moderate. 22 stream crossings, one knee high. Two waterfalls.
Contact Hike Leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu
  August 26 (Saturday) TN Work Trip: Section 12b in the Ocoee District  For our August 26th work trip, we will be brushing out Section 12b in the Ocoee District. This section is 2.7 miles long, and about equally split between wilderness and non-wilderness. We will plan to start the work trip from Deep Gap and work both ways if we have enough people for two work crews and leaders.
We will be meeting at 8:30 am at the Clemmer Bike Trail Parking Area. When you turn off US 64 onto Highway 30, this parking area will be the first road on your left after about 0.1 miles. Be sure to bring at least 2 quarts of water, lunch, and wear sturdy boots and long pants. Please let me know if you plan to attend so that I can plan the work and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Trip Leader: Ken Jones, w4zug at windstream.net
September  September 6 (Wednesday) Hike: Amadahy Trail  4 miles, easy-moderate. A nice loop along Carter’s Lake with an optional ½ mile side trip to boating campground for lunch.
Contact hike leader Sara Bland at jsbland AT windstream.net
  September 9 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Section 5a
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Meet: 8:00 at Iron Bridge Café, 8436 Aska Road in Blue Ridge or 9:00 at Wilscot Gap on GA 60
Plan for the day: Lopping, trimming and sling blade work
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, September 9 as we work section 5a at Wilscot Gap. This section is without a current maintainer and needs a good summer brush out. For volunteers who may be interested in adopting a section of trail, this is your opportunity to look before you leap.
Section 5a is just over 2 miles in length, from Wilscot to Ledford Gap. We’ll park a few vehicles at GA 60 and Wilscot Gap, and take the rest up the Forest Service access road to the training area, working downhill most of the way back to Wilscot. We have reports of a tree down on the other end of section 5 closer to Old Dial, so if we have a couple of sawyers available who can break off for this tree (after leaving the restaurant) we’ll get the tree out as well.
This should be the last hot summer work day of 2017. Our goal is to finish by 1:00 to 1:30 and be off the trail for the afternoon heat. If a few folks would like to re-convene at Grumpy Old Men in Blue Ridge for an end of the summer adult beverage after our work day, then I am happy to oblige.
As always, remember to bring 2 liters of water and wear long pants and boots. We’ll furnish the tools and hardhats.
  September 14 (Thursday) Hike and Help the Hemlocks:  Some hiking is involved but this event is more about treating infested hemlock trees. See article in August newsletter.
Contact Ralph Heller at rshbmta AT gmail.com
  September 23 (Saturday) TN/NC Work Trip, Sections 17a & b:  For the September 23rd work trip, we will be brushing and logging out BMT Sections 17a & b, Sycamore Creek Trail, in the Tellico Ranger District. This is always a big effort to complete all 6 miles of the trail, so we need your help. The trail is routed on an old railroad grade that was later converted to a road. The road was closed in the late 1980s. The upper 1.5 miles of the trail has been lately improved for TWRA access to Sycamore Creek, so we should not have any maintenance to do on this portion.
We will be meeting at the Cherohala Visitor Center at 8:30 am. Be sure to bring at least 2 quarts of water, lunch, and wear sturdy boots and long pants. Please let me know if you plan to attend so that I can plan the work and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Contact Ken Jones at w4zug AT windstream.net
  September 23 (Saturday) Hike: Upper BMT-AT Loop at Springer Mt  Several miles, easy to moderate. Day after autumn comes in.
Contact hike leader George Owen at gowen2 AT tds.net
  September 29 (Friday) Hike: Flat Creek Loop  Then lunch in Blue Ridge. 5.6 miles, moderate.
Contact hike leaders Tom and Jane Keene at tkbmta AT gmail.com
October  October 9 (Monday) Hike: River Loop at Chestnut Mountain by the Whitewater Center  7.5 miles, moderate
Contact hike leader Evelin Yarns at eyarns AT sprynet.com
  October 19 (Thursday) Hike: Tanasi Trails at Ocoee Whitewater Center – Bear Paw to Chestnut Mountain Loop  6.7 miles, moderate-strenuous
Contact hike leader Clare Sullivan
  October 30 (Monday) Hike: Etowah/Boling Park – version #2   5.5 miles, average to moderate
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT windstream.net
November  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 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



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