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Annual Walk-Thru

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Claim Your Section Now for this Year's Event!

July 11, 2015 is the date!

Scroll down to the chart below to see which sections are still available.  Then be sure to claim yours before someone else does by sending an email request to!

What It Is?

Once each year, the BMTA members hike and report on trail conditions.  We cover all 200 miles south of the Smokies.  The information gathered on problem trail conditions is collected by Maintenance Directors, used to determine future work-trips, and relayed to section maintainers so that repairs can be made.

It's a vital audit of trail conditions.  It's also a rewarding way to enjoy a hike in the woods on the BMT.

To Participate

The BMTA welcomes all to take part in the Annual Walk-Thru.  If you'd like to help but prefer not to hike, car shuttles are needed and this is a great way to contribute.  Shuttle drivers free up the hikers so that more trail can be covered.  This valuable service is much appreciated. Please contact a Maintenance Director (see below) to volunteer.

For hikers, one person from each party is asked to download and review an Annual Walk-Thru Report Form, fill it out, and return it via either email to ( or US mail to (PO Box 6, Cherry Log, GA 30522) within one week of completing the walk thru.  Thank you for helping us gather this important information on trail conditions.

Questions?  For Georgia sections, contact Barry Allen at 770-294-7384; for North Carolina and Tennessee, contact Rick Harris at 423-253-6358.  Either can also be reached by sending an email to (  Direct your question to them by name.


Sections Claimed for Annual Walk-Thru
- Georgia -
Sec #DescriptionAvailable/Taken
01aSpringer Mt. Big Stamp GapAvailable
01bBig Stamp Gap 2nd Cross TrailsDoug Kleiber
01c2nd Cross Trails Three ForksAvailable
02aThree Forks No Name GapPhil Guhl and Don Kenny
02bNo Name Gap Bryson GapPhil Guhl and Don Kenny
02cBryson Gap Toccoa RiverPhil Guhl and Don Kenny
02dToccoa River GA Hwy 60Jim Hamblen
03aGA Hwy 60 Wallalah-Licklog SaddleTom and Kathy Pickering
03bWallalah-Licklog Saddle Licklog-Rhodes SaddleTom and Kathy Pickering
03cLicklog-Rhodes Saddle Skeenah GapTom and Kathy Pickering
04aSkeenah Gap Payne GapJoy and Frank Forehand
04bPayne Gap Wilscot Gap, GA Hwy 60Joy and Frank Forehand
05aWilscot Gap Ledford GapDuke and Julie Windsor
05bLedford Gap Brawley Mt.Duke and Julie Windsor
05cBrawley Mt. Dial Rd.Duke and Julie Windsor
05dDial Rd. Shallowford BridgeDuke and Julie Windsor
06aShallowford Br. Falls Branch (at Rd)Tom and Jane Keene
06bFalls Branch (at Rd) Stanley Gap TrailTom and Jane Keene
06cStanley Gap Trail (old Rich Mt.) --Tom and Jane Keene
06dStanley Gap Trail Weaver/Laurel Cr. Rd.Tom and Jane Keene
07aWeaver/Laurel Cr. Rd. GA Hwy 515Martha Williams
07bGA Hwy 515 Shelter (Sisson`s)Jack Kennedy
07cShelter (Sisson`s) Boardtown RoadMark Tune
07dBoardtown Rd Bush Head Gap (rd)David Blount
08aBushy Head Gap Hudson GapDavid Blount
08bHudson Gap McKenny GapGeorge Owen
08cMcKenny Gap Hatley GapGeorge Owen
08dHatley Gap Fowler Mt.George Owen
08eFowler Mt. Halloway GapGeorge Owen
08fHalloway Double Hogpen GapMichael Bartell and Darcy Douglas
08gDouble Hogpen Gap Flat Top Mt.Michael Bartell and Darcy Douglas
08hFlat Top Mt. Dyer GapMichael Bartell and Darcy Douglas
09aDyer Gap Pinhoti Intersection (SFT)Bob Ruby and Ken Cissna
09bPinhoti Intersection (SFT) Pate GapBob Ruby and Ken Cissna
09cPate Gap Watson GapBob Ruby and Ken Cissna
10aWatson Gap Jacks River TrailAvailable
10bJacks River Trail Hemp Top TrailAvailable
10cHemp Top Trail Hemp TopBrian Trinkle
10dHemp Top Double Spring GapBrian Trinkle
11aDouble Spring Gap Big Frog Mt.Brian Trinkle
11bBig Frog Mt. Fork Ridge TrailBrian Trinkle
11cFork Ridge Trail Rough Creek TrailLarry Dumas
11dRough Creek Trail USFS Road 221Larry Dumas
11eUSFS Rd 221 US Hwy 64Barry Allen
- Tennessee & North Carolina -
Sec #DescriptionAvailable/Taken
12aUS 64 Dry Pond Lead high pointBarry Allen
12bDry Pond Lead Kimsey HighwayEd and Clare Sullivan
12cKimsey Hwy McFarland Rd, FS 23Brenda & Rick Harris/Bill Lundin
12dMcFarland White Oak Flats, FS 103Brenda & Rick Harris/Bill Lundin
12eFS 103 FS 173 - trestleEd and Clare Sullivan
13aTrestle John Muir Tr at Childers CrkAvailable
13bChilders Creek Big BendAvailable
13cBig Bend Towee CreekAvailable
13dTowee Creek Wildcat CreekAvailable
13eWildcat Creek FS 228Available
14aFS 228 Unicoi Mt Trail (TN Hwy 68)Available
14bTN Hwy 68 Buck Bald RoadAvailable
14cBuck Bald Road Unicoi GapAvailable
15aUnicoi Gap Tate GapAvailable
15bTate Gap Sixmile GapAvailable
15cSixmile Gap Sandy GapAvailable
16aSandy Gap Round Top, State LineAvailable
16bRound Top Sledrunner GapAvailable
16cSledrunner Gap Brookshire Creek xingSAWS
16dBrookshire Cr. Sugar Mountain RoadAvailable
16eSugar Mt. Rd Tellico River Rd (FS 210)Available
17aTellico River Rd. Mangan BranchAvailable
17bMangan Branch FS 61BAvailable
17cSycamore Creek Trailhd Mud GapKen and Phyllis Jones
17dMud Gap Beech Gap, Nantahala NFKen and Phyllis Jones
18aBeech Gap Haoe Lead intersection (SW)Available
18bHaoe Lead intersection (SW) Hangover Lead Tr.Available
18cHaoe Lead intersection (NE) Big Fat GapAvailable
18dBig Fat Gap Yellowhammer GapAvailable
18eYellowhammer Gap Tapoco LodgeAvailable
19aTapoco Lodge Old Fields RoadDick Evans/Graham Co Friends
19bOld Field Road FS 251C (east end)Dick Evans/Graham Co Friends
19cFS 251C (east end) Fontana LodgeKeith Mertz
19dFontana Lodge AT IntersectionAvailable
19eAT Intersection Fontana Dam (north end)Available

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