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  • 21
    Friday
    January 2022

    Bushy Head Gap to McKenny and return

    Moderately/strenuous 8 miles. Hike Leader Steve Dennison. For more information contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 22
    Saturday
    January 2022

    January 22 TN/NC Work Trip

    Where:  Section 19e (BMT/AT intersection to the Fontana Shelter) When:  Saturday, January 22, 2022 Meeting Place:  Above the Fontana Marina at the large gravel parking area near the restrooms Plan […]
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  • 11
    Friday
    February 2022

    Talking Rock Nature Preserve

    A dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Utilizes various loops in the Talking Rock Nature Preserve. We plan for five easy miles but you may decide […]
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  • 12
    Saturday
    February 2022

    GA February 12 Work Trip

    Where:  Sections 2a-b-c-d Three Forks >> GA Hwy 60. When:  Saturday, February 12, 2022 Logout, brushout & tread repair. Watch for additional information in emails and on the BMTA website! […]
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  • 25
    Friday
    February 2022

    BMT to Rock Creek Trail in the Cherokee National Forest

    Begin at Thunder Rock Parking for hikers, across Hwy 64, up the BMT to the Rock Creek Trail.  Hike 7-8 miles back to Hwy 64. A few creek crossings and nice […]
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  • 26
    Saturday
    February 2022

    February 26 TN/NC Work Trip

    Where:  Section 19c – (Green Gap-Reflector tower). When:  Saturday, February 26, 2022 Log out/brush. Remember, Section Maintainers must be a BMTA member to maintain a section! Please renew your Membership […]
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  • 12
    Saturday
    March 2022

    GA March 12 Work Trip

    Where: Sections 3a-b-c GA60 >> Skeenah Gap. When:  Saturday, March 12, 2022 Logout, brushout & tread repair. Watch for additional information in emails and on the BMTA website! Bob Cowdrick […]
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  • 18
    Friday
    March 2022

    BMT/AT: Upper two loops on Springer Mountain from Big Stamp Gap

    Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). About five moderate miles. See all the sights: Springer Mountain, an AT shelter, the beginning of the BMT, the plaque […]
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  • 26
    Saturday
    March 2022

    March 26 TN/NC Work Trip

    Where:  Section 18e – Yellowhammer Gap >> Tapoco Lodge When:  Saturday, March 26, 2022 Log out/brush. Remember, Section Maintainers must be a BMTA member to maintain a section! Please renew […]
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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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    Donate today. Leave a path for generations to follow by helping us maintain and protect this amazing natural resource.

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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 718 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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