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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
June  June 22 (Saturday) Hike:  BMT (section 4): Skeenah Gap to Wilscot Gap.
5.3 mile, moderate. Includes discussion of the rocks, tree, plants, and birds we find along the trail. Short shuttle.
Contact hike leader Gilbert Treadwell at gilcraft@etcmail.com or by text to 404-660-4551.
  June 22 (Saturday) Ocoee Whitewater Center:  Stop by BMTA’s Event Tent at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Tennessee. While you’re there, try your hand at our inter-active crosscutting!
  June 22 (Saturday) TN Work Trip:  Section 16a/b
RSVP John Zardis (John.Zardis@migllc.com)
  June 24 (Monday) Hike:  Turtletown Creek Falls
4 miles, moderate. Two beautiful falls in one short hike
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at Howardeb@windstream.net
July  July 4 (Thursday) Hike:  Special holiday hike
Stay tuned for further information.
  July 12 (Friday) Hike:  Pine Log Creek
5 miles, moderate (one steep 400’ climb). See beautiful lake at old rock quarry with lots of fish.
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb@windstream.net
  July 14 (Sunday) Hike:  Gahuti Trail
8.1 miles, moderate to strenuous. Explore Fort Mountain State Park back country, including gorgeous overlook vistas and the cascades of a remote waterfall. State parking pass or $5 parking fee.
Contact hike leader Larry Dumas at ledumas@hotmail.com
  July 20 (Saturday) Hike:  Mud Gap to Whigg Meadow (FAMILY AND DOG FRIENDLY HIKE—adult humans may bring children and one leashed dog)
3.2 miles, easy (500’ elevation change). From Mud Gap, along the Cherohala Skyway in North Carolina, we will walk on the Benton MacKaye Trail uphill to Whigg Meadow at 5000 feet with 360-degree views of the surrounding Tennessee and North Carolina mountains. Shortly after leaving Mud Gap, we will leave North Carolina for Tennessee. In addition, we will have a short detour to see the grave of an unknown person who was killed by the Kirkland Bushwackers during the Civil War (Google “Kirkland Bushwackers” before your trip for an interesting history lesson for all). The trail is rocky in some places so we’ll take it slow and easy. Bring a sack lunch to picnic at the meadow and plenty of water.
Contact hike leader Larry Van Dyke at BMTAHiker@gmail.com
  July 22 (Monday) Hike:  Emery Creek in Cohuttas
5 miles, moderate. The trail itself is fairly easy, but 26 stream crossings (a number up to your ankles and two to your knees), a bunch of downed trees that have to be traversed (over, under, and around), and a section of potentially slipper rock toward the beginning and again at the end make it more difficult than it otherwise would be. Holly and Emery Creeks, two lovely waterfalls, and a nice trail make it worth the trouble.
Contact hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna@usf.edu or 813-310-6084



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