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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 2017
MonthDateLocation & Details
October  October 13 (Friday) Hike: River Loop at Chestnut Mountain by the Whitewater Center  7.5 miles, moderate
Contact hike leader Evelin Yarns at eyarns AT
  October 14 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Section 2a, b, c
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00 AM
Meet: Iron Bridge Café and General Store on Aska Road in Blue Ridge at 8:00 or at Three Forks, FS 58 at 9:00.
Plan for the day: Log out section 2 from the Three Forks to Bryson Gap
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
Hurricane Irma was kind enough to leave a number of trees down on this section of trail. The last count was 8-9 large trees which are causing hikers to leave the trail and walk around obstructions -- plus an abundance of smaller, nuisance stuff. My plan is to assemble three saw teams of at least 3-4 people each to work this section of trail AUGMENTED by hikers with loppers and hand saws. The entire section is 5.9 miles, but we have access from Three Forks, The Bald and Bryson Gap. I would like to put folks in at all of these points.
If we get good turnout, we should be able to limit the saw teams to about 2 miles of trail. I’d like to put hikers (with loppers and hand saws) on the trail at Bryson and Three Forks; these folks would hike until they meet in the middle – probably around No Name Gap. From there, we’ll have vehicles at The Bald to shuttle everyone out. I hope to have everyone off the trail by 2:30, but it will depend on the complexity of some of the blowdowns…
As always, I’d love to see you there. Please call or e-mail if you are able to attend. We will need shuttle drivers!!!
  October 19 (Thursday) Hike: To Rainbow Falls (Scenic Spur Trail)  in the Cherokee National Forest. A moderate 1.7 (total 3.4) mile hike gets you to the first two falls and a little trail takes you up to a third falls. 2 creek crossings.
Contact hike leader Clare Sullivan clare7982 AT or 404-849-0872.
  October 30 (Monday) Hike: Etowah/Boling Park – version #2   5.5 miles, average to moderate
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT
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
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

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