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  • 26
    Saturday
    September 2020

    TN / NC September 26 Work Trip

    Where:     Section 16c, Sledrunner Gap » Brookshire Creek xing                     Section 16d, Brookshire Creek » Sugar Mountain Road Contact: Steve Cartwright, […]
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  • 28
    Monday
    September 2020

    Rock Town Trail September 28

    September 28 (Monday) Rock Town Trail (near Lafayette, GA in Wilderness Management Area) 4.2 miles, moderate. Big boulders are pretty neat. Hike leader Steve Dennison. For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org
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  • 3
    Saturday
    October 2020

    Bob Bald

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). 8 miles, moderate. Hike leaders: Rick and Brenda Harris.  For more information, contact harrisri@aol.com
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  • 9
    Friday
    October 2020

    John Muir Trail to the Narrows

    5 miles, moderate. We’ll start with a beautiful view from the swinging bridge that crosses the Hiwassee River at the Appalachian Powerhouse. The hike will be to a treasure, The […]
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  • 10
    Saturday
    October 2020

    GA October 10 Work Trip

    Contact: Phil Guhl at bmtaphil@gmail.com or 770-548-5590 (Please RSVP so we can plan on the number of tools and helmets.) BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved […]
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  • 12
    Monday
    October 2020

    AT: Tesnatee Gap to Levelland Mountain and Return

    7.6 miles, moderate with some steep climbing. Spectacular views from Cowrock, Wolf Laurel Top and Levelland Mountains. Hike Leader Steve Dennison.  For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org
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  • 16
    Friday
    October 2020

    Jarrard Gap Trail

    6.8 miles, moderate. A loop hike from Lake Winfield Scott up Jarrard Gap Trail to Bird Gap and then back down to Slaughter Creek Trail. Hike leader: Larry Dumas. For […]
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  • 17
    Saturday
    October 2020

    Hangover

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog.) 7 miles, difficult. Hike leaders Rick and Brenda Harris.. For more information, contact  harrisri@aol.com
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  • 21
    Wednesday
    October 2020

    BMT/AT Two Upper Loops

    6 miles, moderate. Hike leader: George Owen.  For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org  
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  • 24
    Saturday
    October 2020

    TN/NC October 24 Work Trip

    17c-d – Whigg Meadow to Beech Gap Contact Rick Harris, harrisri@aol.com. BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and be willing to assume these risks. […]
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  • 26
    Monday
    October 2020

    Four Seasons Hike Series-Fall: Bushy Head Gap to Hudson Gap

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). 4 miles, moderate. We’re going to offer this relatively short and fairly easy hike during each season for the next year. […]
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  • 7
    Saturday
    November 2020

    BMTA Annual Meeting

    The Lake Pavilion, Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA Contact Joy Forehand, jwfbrga@gmail.com. More details coming. 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BENTON MACKAYE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2020 is the 40th Anniversary of the BMT. […]
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    Membership

    Join the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Help us maintain, protect and improve the BMT for the enjoyment of hikers now and in the future.

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    Volunteer

    Volunteer with us! We need people just like you to join us in maintaining the BMT to make it safe and enjoyable for hikers.

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... leaving a footpath for generations to follow.

Who we are

Formed in 1980, the nonprofit Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) was tasked with constructing, maintaining and preserving the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) – to leave “a footpath for generations to follow”.

The BMTA has grown to over 525 members – all of whom are outdoor enthusiasts who hike, backpack and maintain the BMT. Our volunteers lead hikes open to the public throughout the year and opportunities abound for those wanting to help maintain the trail. At various venues across the three states, our members promote hiking, camping and a wilderness experience in the Southern Appalachian Mountains as well as highlight the importance of a good conservation ethic.

The BMT traverses 81.8 miles in Georgia and 205.8 miles in Tennessee / North Carolina. This includes 93 miles in the Smokies, making it the longest trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With its glorious ridgeline views and the innumerable crossings of mountain streams, the almost 300 mile long Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) comes by its reputation for beauty honestly. Also known for its remoteness, a third of the trail lies in Wilderness areas where vehicular access and motorized tools are prohibited. Here, the hiker finds true peace and solitude.

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