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  • 2
    Tuesday
    March 2021

    Gahuti Backcountry Trail at Fort Mountain State Park

    Strenuous 8.2 miles. This trail travels around the edge of the park and passes below the summits of both Cohutta and Fort Mountains down to the lake and back to […]
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  • 3
    Wednesday
    March 2021

    Loop hike at Fort Mountain State Park

    Moderate 5 miles. You will walk on parts of the Gahuti Trail, Gold Mine Creek Trail, Lake Trail and Big Rock Nature Trail. Hiking poles are recommended for the short […]
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  • 5
    Friday
    March 2021

    Laurel Ridge Trail

    Easy 4 mile loop with 470’ elevation change. Hike starts along the Chattahoochee River and ends with nice views of Lake Lanier and the Buford Dam. Hike leader Howard Baggett. […]
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  • 5
    Friday
    March 2021

    Benton MacKaye, Hemp Top and Jacks River Trails

    We will start hiking from Watson Gap, enter the Cohutta Wilderness on the BMT, then use the Hemp Top and Jack’s River Trails to complete a circle and return over […]
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  • 10
    Wednesday
    March 2021

    Thunder Rock Express to Chestnut Mountain Trail to BMT down to Thunder Rock Campground

    Moderate 6.5 miles. Hike leader Evelin Yarns. For more information contact hikeleaderEY@bmtamail.org.
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  • 12
    Friday
    March 2021

    BMT from GA Hwy 60 and FS 816 to Licklog Mountain and return

    Strenuous 7.9 miles. Hike leader Steve Dennison. For more information contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 13
    Saturday
    March 2021

    GA March 13 Work Trip

    Where: Section 3a, 3b and 3c — GA 60 >> Skeenah Gap. Where: Section 2b (No Name Gap » Bryson Gap) and 2d (Toccoa River » GA Hwy 60).. Meet: […]
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  • 17
    Wednesday
    March 2021

    Caney Creek Historical Community

    Moderate 7 miles. Hike to the abandoned historical community of Caney Creek on the Ocoee River (one large creek crossing). See lots of artifacts. This tiny town had mass transit, bathtubs, electric […]
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  • 24
    Wednesday
    March 2021

    Cartecay Track Trails in Ellijay

    Moderate 5.5 miles will include a couple miles of newly developed trail along the Cartecay River. Two shallow creek crossings. Great river views and even a visit to the archery […]
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  • 27
    Saturday
    March 2021

    TN March 27 Work Trip

    Where: Section 13c — Big Bend » Towee Creek. When: Saturday, March 27, 2021. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Plan for the Day: There is a section of the trail […]
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  • 30
    Tuesday
    March 2021

    BMT in Cherry Log Community from Hwy 515 to Rock Shelter and return

    Moderate 4 miles with a 435’ elevation change. Hike leader Martha Fowler. For more information contact hikeleaderMF@bmtamail.org  
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  • 2
    Friday
    April 2021

    Sawnee. Cumming, Georgia

    Moderate 5 mile loop with an 860’ elevation gain. This is a newer and less used section of the Preserve. Hike Leader Howard Baggett. For more information contact hikeleaderHB@bmtamail.org.
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    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 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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