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  • 23
    Friday
    April 2021

    Wildcat Creek-Turner Trail Loop with side trip to Rocky Ford cascades.

    Approximately 7 miles with brief steep segments. A few lady slippers were found on the trail in 2020. Hiking poles recommended. Trail located in GA Wildlife Management Area. Involves carrying […]
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  • 24
    Saturday
    April 2021

    TN Work Trip April 24

    Where:  Section 15b and 15c – Sandy Gap to Tate Gap When:  Saturday, April 24. 2021 Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Meeting Location:  Coker Creek Welcome Center, 10 miles south […]
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  • 26
    Monday
    April 2021

    Park Creek/Park Ridge Trails, Standing Indian area near Franklin, North Carolina

    Moderate 5 miles with several creek crossings. There will be beautiful spring flowers to admire. Hike Leader Evelin Yarns. For more information contact hikeleaderEY@bmtamail.org
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  • 28
    Wednesday
    April 2021

    Lady Slippers

    Mulky Gap. Easy to moderate 1.5 miles. Before embarking on the hike, hikers will go across the road to see a huge garden of thousands of Pink Lady Slippers.The hike itself […]
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  • 1
    Saturday
    May 2021

    TN Work Trip May 1

    Brookshire Creek Tail Section 16c. Annual logout and brushout. For more information contact Rick Harris tn-ncmaintdirector@bmtamail.org
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  • 3
    Monday
    May 2021

    Four Season Hike Series – Spring: BMT - Hudson Gap, out and back

    Dog-Friendly Hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Moderate 4-5 miles. We’re going to offer this relatively short and fairly easy hike during each season this year. Come out […]
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  • 3
    Monday
    May 2021

    Bald River Falls Trail off the Cherohala Parkway in Tellico Plains, TN.

    Moderate 9.8 miles round trip. We will hike this incredibly beautiful trail to the last waterfall a short distance from Bald River R and eat lunch there, then return to […]
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  • 5
    Wednesday
    May 2021

    Lady Slipper Hike: BMT at Weaver Creek, Blue Ridge

    Moderate to strenuous 3.8 miles. This will be a SLOW, LEISURELY hike to enjoy the wildflowers. Initially we’ll pass by beautiful Mountain Laurel groves peppered with Flame Azaleas. Stop for […]
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  • 8
    Saturday
    May 2021

    GA Work Trip May 8

    Where: Section 5a, 5b, 5c and 5d — Wilscot Gap >> Shallowford Bridge RSVP:: So we can plan tools and other PPE, please contact Crew Leader Bob Cowdrick at GAMaintDirector@bmtamail.org, […]
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  • 10
    Monday
    May 2021

    Naked Ground, Haoe and Hangover via the BMT and back with possible side trip to Bob Bald off the Cherohala Skyway.

    Difficult 7 to 9 miles. We meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico  Plains, TN, then drive to the Wolf Laurel Trailhead, about an hour drive. We will […]
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  • 12
    Wednesday
    May 2021

    Fires Creek Trails near Hayesville, NC

    Moderate/strenuous 7 miles. Phillips Ridge to Rim and return via Phillips Ridge. Beautiful Laurel Creek and along the Rim Trail are Rhododendron and spring wildflowers, such as Trillium, Lady Slipper […]
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  • 14
    Friday
    May 2021

    Rocktown Trail near Lafayette, GA

    Moderate 4 miles. Maze of large, oddly shaped sandstone-conglomerate boulders atop Pigeon Mountain and a short waterfall trail enroute. Waterfall more likely to have water in the spring. Rocktown Trail […]
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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 600 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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