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  • 30
    Friday
    October 2020

    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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  • 2
    Monday
    November 2020

    Tanasi Trails at Ocoee Whitewater Center

    Across Rhododendron, up Bear Paw, across Chestnut Mountain and down Thunder Rock Express Trails. 7 miles, moderate. Hike leader: Evelin Yarns. For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org
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  • 5
    Thursday
    November 2020

    Four Seasons Hike Series-Fall: Bushy Head Gap to Hudson Gap

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). 4 miles, moderate. We’re going to offer this relatively short and fairly easy hike during each season for the next year. […]
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  • 7
    Saturday
    November 2020

    Annual Meeting / Hikes Registration

    EACH PERSON REGISTERING FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING AND / OR REGISTERING FOR A HIKE MUST COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW. (ONE form to be completed per person attending) DEADLINE TO REGISTER […]
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  • 10
    Tuesday
    November 2020

    Selected Trails at Talking Rock Nature Preserve

    About 4 miles, easy to moderate. Hike leader: Martha Fowler. For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org.     
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  • 14
    Saturday
    November 2020

    GA November 14 Work Trip

    Contact Bob Cowdrick GAMaintDirector@bmtamail.org. (Please RSVP so we can plan on the number of tools and helmets.) BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and […]
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  • 16
    Monday
    November 2020

    Amadahy Trail

    4-5 miles, easy-moderate. Hike leader Darcy Douglas. For further information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org
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  • 18
    Wednesday
    November 2020

    BMT/AT: From Three Forks southbound up AT to first crossing with BMT, back on BMT

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). 4.2 miles, moderate (option to go to second BMT/AT crossing—adds 1.7 miles) Hike leader: Ken Cissna. For further information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org. 
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  • 20
    Friday
    November 2020

    Benton Falls

    3 miles, easy. To a gorgeous 65 foot waterfall. Hike leader: Larry Dumas. For further information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org
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  • 21
    Saturday
    November 2020

    Rabun Bald

    3.3 miles, moderate. Hike leader: Barry Allen. For further information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org.  
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  • 22
    Sunday
    November 2020

    Selected Sections of the Unicoi Turnpike and BMT near TN 68

    4-6 miles, easy to moderate. Hike Leader George Owen. For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org
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  • 28
    Saturday
    November 2020

    TN/NC November 28 Work Trip

    12c-12d -Kimsey Hwy to Lost Creek Log and brush out. Contact Ed / Clare Sullivan, clare7982@gmail.com BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and be […]
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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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... 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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