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Overview

Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2019.  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 Phil Guhl
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by John Zardis
  • 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 2019
MonthDateLocation & Details
April  April 8 (Monday) Hike: Cartecay Loop trail.  
A fairly easy 4 mile loop trail, much of it along the Cartecay river.
Contact Hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu or 813-310-6084.
  April 12 (Friday) Hike: BMT near Cherohala and Tellico Plains, TN from Unicoi Overlook/Beech Gap parking (elevation 4,400’) to Whigg Meadow (elevation 4,940’).
5.8 miles, moderate difficulty. We will place a shuttle car at Mud Gap to shorten the return from Whigg Meadow.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT yahoo.com or text to 706-669-6406.
  April 13 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: Section 4a (Skeenah Gap to Payne Gap)
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Meet: 8:00 AM at the Village Restaurant (4131 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513) or 09:00 AM at Section 3A trailhead at Skeenah Gap Trailhead
Plan for the day: Water Diversions plus a little trimming…
What to bring: A minimum of 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves, and snack.
Contact: Phil Guhl at pguhl AT guhlspace.com or 770-548-5590 (Please RSVP so we can plan on the number of tools, helmets, and people for the food/drink afterwards.)
  April 15 (Monday) Hike:   BMT in Cohuttas - From Dally Gap to the remains of the old fire tower and back
About 8 miles, moderate. Hiking uphill first half and downhill second. About 1000 feet elevation change each way.
Contact hike leader Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT yahoo.com or text to 706-669-6406.
  April 22 (Monday) Hike:   Big Frog trail to Rough Creek trail to BMT to Thunder Rock Campground
8.1 miles, moderate. Most of the elevation change is in last few miles, downhill to the campground.
Contact Hike Leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu or 813-310-6084.
  April 26 (Friday) Hike:   Hike and Lazy Lunch on the (Jacks River) Rocks
5 miles, easy.
We will meet near Blue Ridge at 10 AM and carpool to Dally Gap adjacent to the Cohutta Wilderness. Our leisurely, down and back hike begins at Dally and follows the Jacks River Trail (and the BMT briefly) for 2.5 miles to the first crossing of the Jacks River. We will use the fine sitting rocks at the river crossing for a leisurely lunch. BYO Lunch! Also bring Tevas or the like if you want to do a bit of trans-Jacks exploring during lunch while others snooze in the (we hope) sun. The return hike to Dally Gap is uphill all the way, but steady and never close to steep. We are in no hurry. Wilderness area so 12 hikers maximum.
Contact hike leaders Tom and Jane Keene at tkbmta AT gmail DOT com or 770-548-4935
  April 27 (Saturday) Festival Event:  BMTA’s Festival Tent will be at the 4th ANNUAL TROUT FEST in Blue Ridge, GA. Stop by and say “hello” … and … we invite you to try your skill at crosscut sawing.
May  May 1 (Wednesday) Lady Slipper Hike:  Fall Branch Falls to Weaver Creek on BMT
6.2 miles, moderate to strenuous (1300’ up, 1400’ down). Shuttle
Contact hike leader Joy Forehand at jwfbrga AT gmail.com
  May 7-11 (Tuesday - Saturday) Festival Event:  BMTA’s Festival Tent will be at the 27th ANNUAL WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge TN. Featured speakers include long-time BMTA member Ron Tipton (also immediate past executive director of the national Appalachian Trail Conservancy) and, one of our founding members, George Owen. Tipton’s topic will be "The Appalachian Trail: Today & Tomorrow". Owen’s program will be “The Benton MacKaye Trail: the Smokies 93-Mile Trail - What and Where Is It?”
  May 18 (Saturday) Hike:  AT-BMT Springer Mountain Upper Loop
This moderate loop trek of 4.6 miles at a moderate pace includes 1.2 miles on the Appalachian Trail and 3.4 on the Benton MacKaye Trail and includes the southern terminus of both trails and two great vistas from atop bluffs on the way, one on each trail. Only about 0.8 mile of the trip's initial start up Springer Mountain has much climb (f a few hundred feet elevation change), and it's not all that steep. This is a favorite Georgia loop trail of many hikers. The leader will share some history of the two trails in this area along the way.
Contact hike leader George Owen evenings between 7-11 p.m. at 706-374-4716.
  May 24 (Friday) Hike:  Pinnacle Knob in Rabun County – out and back on Bartram Trail
8.5 miles, moderately strenuous
We will begin at Warwoman Dell, east of Clayton, and pass two beautiful waterfalls, Becky Branch and Martin Creek Falls, and travel through lots of rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets along the way. We’ll take the side trail to Pinnacle Knob for lunch. Hoping to see some blooms.
Contact hike leader Clayton Webster at webs4740 AT bellsouth.net or 404-633-8955.
  May 25 (Saturday). Hike:  BMT - Three Forks to Swinging bridge over Toccoa River
This 8.7 mile hike is equal in difficulty from either direction (~500’ elevation change). To reduce shuttle time, we are going to do it as a “key exchange”. Details will be available once prospective hikers and drivers indicate interest
Contact hike leader Tom Sewell: SewellTom AT yahoo.com or text to 706-669-6406
  May 25-26 (Saturday - Sunday) Festival Event:  BMTA’s Festival Tent will be at the 43rd SPRING ARTS IN THE PARK in Blue Ridge, GA. Be sure to stop and say “hi”!
June  June 1 (Saturday) Hike:  National Trails Day. Vogel State Park
Save the date – more information to follow next month.



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