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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.


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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
September  September 7-8 (Saturday & Sunday) Festival:  The BMTA festival booth will be at the DAHLONEGA TRAIL FEST in Dahlonega, Georgia … a great festival for outdoor enthusiasts. Try your hand at our Interactive-Crosscut. Plus, you won’t want to miss the BMTA / GATC crosscut competitions!
  September 9 (Monday) Hike:  Stanley Gap Trail from Deep Gap Parking on Aska Road to Fall Branch Falls.
5.5 miles, moderate. Short Shuttle.
Contact hike leader Evelin Yarns at
  September 14 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: Section 10b  Jack’s River Trail to Spanish Oak Gap then back to Dally Gap.
Meet: 8:00 AM at the Village Restaurant (4131 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513) or 9:15 AM at Dally Gap.
Plan for the Day: Brushing and possibly some logging.
What to bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and snacks.
Questions: Contact Phil Guhl at or 770-548-5590.
Please RSVP, so we can plan on the number of tools, helmets, and people for the food / drink afterwards!
  September 16 (Monday) 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@Mud Gap to shorten the return from Whigg Meadow.
Contact Hike Leader Tom Sewell at or text to 706-669-6406
  September 17 (Tuesday) Hike:  Tobacco Pouch to Wildcat Campground.
5.1 miles, primarily moderate with occasional strenuous stretches. About 3.5 hours. Hike starts downhill and includes one high-water stream crossing with ropes. The payoff is a beautiful waterfall and pretty terrain along Wildcat Creek. Good hiking/water shoes and poles recommended.
Contact hike leader Steve Dennison by text at 706-253-3938 or email at
  September 20 (Friday) Hike:  BMT trail, Highway 60 to/from Toccoa River, and back. DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog).
7.4 miles, moderate. Great hike over Toonowee Mt to the “Jewel of the BMT.” Lunch at the River
Contact hike leader Ken Cissna at or 813-310-6084
  September 21 (Saturday) Hike:  BMT - Wilscot Gap to Shallowford Bridge
This 7.6-mile trek is not the easiest Benton MacKaye Trail section in Georgia, but it is pretty typical of the trail in the peach state. While rated moderately strenuous, this particular trek has the advantage that the leader is getting older (81) and slower, and loves little rests on the uphills (or anywhere else he can have them)! The trip begins with the longest, hardest uphill of 1.3 miles with just under 700-ft. elevation climb. We will take that in a slow and modest speed, to top off on Tipton Mountain (3,147'). Lunch will be at the fire tower on Brawley Mountain (3,027'). We will end the hike walking alongside the tumbling Toccoa River for a half mile to our waiting vehicles at Shallowford Bridge. Shuttle involved.
Contact hike leaders George Owen and Darcy Douglas at
  September 25 (Wednesday) Easy Trek Hike:  High Shoals Falls Trail. 2.4 miles, easy (less than 100’ of elevation change).
Easy Treks are on again! Come join us for a beautiful, two-waterfall hike to Blue Hole Falls (a deep pole of clear, cold water) and High Shoals Falls (where water shoots through a narrow rock opening and winds down a jagged, rocky ledge). There is a creek crossing on the trail so hiking poles are recommended. (Heavy rain would change our plans!) Optional delicious German lunch afterwards at Hofer's Restaurant and Bakery.
For more details or sign-up, e-mail, call, or text Sara at, 770-366-6053. Led by Martha Fowler and Sara Bland.
October  October 5-6 (Saturday & Sunday) Festival:  The BMTA festival booth will be at the ETOWAH ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL in Etowah, Tennessee. Enjoy seeing the large variety of “country crafts” available at this festival. Be sure to stop and say “hi”!
  October 9 (Wednesday) Easy Trek Hike:  Iron Hill Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park. 2.3 miles, moderate.
Although rated moderate due to some elevation change, the hike is short and the pace will be easy going. Should be pretty in fall. Also includes a waterfall.
For more details or sign-up, e-mail, call, or text Sara at, 770-366-6053. Led by Martha Fowler and Sara Bland.
  October 11 (Friday) Hike:  Turtletown Creek Falls. 4 miles, moderate.
Two beautiful waterfalls in one short hike.
Contact hike leader Evelyn Yarns at
  October 18 (Friday) Hike:  Flat Creek Loop. DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog)
5.6 miles, moderate.
Contact hike leader Ken Cissna at or 813-310-6084
  October 24 (Thursday) Hike:  Wildcat Creek Loop.
4.7 miles, moderate.
Contact hike leader Mike Pilvinsky at
  October 26 (Saturday) Festival:  The BMTA festival booth will be at the Cherohala Skyway Festival on the Cherohala Skyway just outside Tellico Plains, Tennessee. Test your skills at Interactive-Crosscut … the kids love this!
November  November 1-3 (Friday - Sunday) ANNUAL MEETING WEEKEND:  Checkout the Annual Meeting Information Page for details!
Make sure to register for the annual meeting dinner before the October 17th deadline.
Enjoy great hiking in the beautiful North Carolina mountains -- including a Halloween Cemetery Hike October 31, 2019! (Click here for details.)

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