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  • 25
    Saturday
    September 2021

    TN Work Trip September 25

    WE NEED YOUR HELP for this beautiful, but tough section! If You Have Never Been on the Cherohala Skyway – This is Your Chance! The drive on the Cherohala Skyway from either […]
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  • 1
    Friday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Loop from Big Stamp Gap

    Moderate five miles, (600’ elevation change) with three minor creek crossings. Trip will include Springer Mountain (the southern start of the AT), the Benton MacKaye Memorial Placard at the start […]
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  • 1
    Friday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Double Loop Hike West from Three Forks

    Moderate six mile hike (650’ elevation change) covers the lower north flank and top of Rich Mountain. Hike Leader Steve Dennison hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 4
    Monday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Loop from Big Stamp Gap

    Moderate five miles, (600’ elevation change) with three minor creek crossings. Trip will include Springer Mountain (the southern start of the AT), the Benton MacKaye Memorial Placard at the start […]
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  • 4
    Monday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Double Loop Hike West from Three Forks

    Moderate six mile hike (650’ elevation change) covers the lower north flank and top of Rich Mountain. Hike Leader Darcy Douglas hikeleaderDD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 4
    Monday
    October 2021

    BMT from Hwy 68 to Buck Bald and Return

    Total of four miles. Incomparable 360 view of the Appalachian Mountains. Parking area limited to around eight vehicles. Buck Bald is ½ mile off the BMT. Hike Leader Clare Sullivan […]
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  • 5
    Tuesday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Loop from Big Stamp Gap

    Moderate five miles, (600’ elevation change) with three minor creek crossings. Trip will include Springer Mountain (the southern start of the AT), the Benton MacKaye Memorial Placard at the start […]
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  • 5
    Tuesday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Loop Three Forks to Long Creek Falls to Hickory Flats

    then FS road to No Name Bald rejoining the BMT back to Three Forks. Moderate 7.5 moderate miles. 1,000 ft elevation gain. Hike Leader Darcy Douglas hikeleaderDD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 8
    Friday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Loop Three Forks to Long Creek Falls to Hickory Flats

    then FS road to No Name Bald rejoining the BMT back to Three Forks. Moderate 7.5 moderate miles. 1,000 ft elevation gain. Hike Leader Gilbert Treadwell hikeleaderGT@bmtamail.org.
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  • 9
    Saturday
    October 2021

    GA Work Trip October 9

    Where:  Section 9a, 9b & 9c — Dyer Gap >> Watson Gap When:  Saturday, October 9, 2021 Time:  9:00 AM Meeting Location: Plan for the day: Logout, brushout, & tread repair […]
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  • 12
    Tuesday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Double Loop Hike West from Three Forks

    Moderate six mile hike (650’ elevation change) covers the lower north flank and top of Rich Mountain. Hike Leader Gilbert Treadwell hikeleaderGT@bmtamail.org.
    learn more
  • 15
    Friday
    October 2021

    BMT from Hwy 68 to Buck Bald and Return

    Total of four miles. Incomparable 360 view of the Appalachian Mountains. Parking area limited to around eight vehicles. Buck Bald is ½ mile off the BMT. Hike Leader Steve Dennison […]
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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

    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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