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  • 5
    Saturday
    December 2020

    BMT: Bushy Head Gap to Hudson Gap to High Point towards McKenny Gap, and return.

    6.7 miles, moderate. Elevation change total 1376’. Beautiful ridge hike. Hike leader: Tom Sewell. For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org
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  • 7
    Monday
    December 2020

    AT: Woody Gap to Gooch Gap and back.

    7.2 miles, moderate. Two nice viewpoints. Hike Leader: Steve Dennison. For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org. 
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  • 8
    Tuesday
    December 2020

    Selected trails of Boling Park (Canton).

    5-8 miles, easy to moderate. Hike Leader Darcy Douglas. For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org.   
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  • 11
    Friday
    December 2020

    Piney Knob Trail.

    5.5 miles, moderate. Hike leader: Evelin Yarns. For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org.   
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  • 12
    Saturday
    December 2020

    GA December 12 Work Trip

    Where: Section 2a — Three Forks >> Long Creek Boardwalk Renovation. Meet: 9:00AM Three Forks Trailhead on FS 58 (5.3 miles from Doublehead Gap intersection). Plan for the Day: Boardwalk […]
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  • 14
    Monday
    December 2020

    BMT/AT: From Three Forks northbound up AT to just past Hickory Falls Cemetery and back.

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). 5 miles, moderate. Hike leader Ken Cissna. For further information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org. 
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  • 16
    Wednesday
    December 2020

    BMT: 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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  • 19
    Saturday
    December 2020

    TN/NC December 19 Work Trip

    Sections 12a -12b Ocoee River to Kimsey Hwy Log and brush out. Contact Ralph Van Pelt, RVanp45246@aol.com.   BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved […]
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  • 28
    Monday
    December 2020

    AT: Dicks Creek Gap south to Kelly Knob and return by way of Deep Gap Shelter.

    9 miles, moderately strenuous. Hike Leader Steve Dennison. For more information, contact hikeleader@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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