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  • 9
    Monday
    August 2021

    Lake Conasauga - Camping Under the Stars August 9-12

    BMTA is sponsoring an overnight camping opportunity at the Lake Conasauga Campground. At 3,150 feet above sea level, the nineteen-acre Lake Conasauga is the highest lake in GA.  Completed in […]
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  • 9
    Monday
    August 2021

    Coker Creek Falls Parking Lot to TN68, about 7 moderate miles

    First 3 miles downhill through the Coker Creek Gorge with impressive waterfalls. Then cross bridge over Coker Creek on BMT and hike 4 mild-moderate miles uphill to TN 68. Meet […]
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  • 14
    Saturday
    August 2021

    GA Work Trip August 14

    When:  Saturday, August 14, 2021 Time:    8:30 AM Where:  Section 8a (Bushy Head Gap » Hudson Gap) Where:  Section 8b (Hudson Gap » McKenny Gap) Where:  Section 8c-d (McKenny Gap »  Fowler Mt.) Where:  Section 8e-f (Fowler Mt. […]
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  • 16
    Monday
    August 2021

    Emery Creek

    Moderate 5 miles. The trail for this in-and-out hike is fairly easy, but 26 stream crossings (a number up to your ankles and two around your knees) and a section of […]
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  • 16
    Monday
    August 2021

    Cohutta Wilderness

    Benton MacKaye, Hemp Top and Jacks River Trails. We will start hiking from Watson Gap, enter the Cohutta Wilderness on the BMT, then use the Hemp Top and Jack’s River […]
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  • 20
    Friday
    August 2021

    Cohutta Wilderness

    Benton MacKaye and Jacks River Trails in the Cohutta Wilderness. Moderate 8-mile hike through forest of hemlocks and rhododendrons. Requires a 5-mile drive on a USFS road to Dally Gap. […]
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  • 20
    Friday
    August 2021

    BMT from Reliance, TN, to the Lost Creek Campground and back, 8 miles

    This hike parallels the beautiful Big Lost Creek through a deep limestone gorge with rippling cascades and lovely waterfalls.The rating is moderate due to the length of the hike, only two hills. We’ll cross […]
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  • 27
    Friday
    August 2021

    BMT Highway 515 to Weaver Creek and return

    Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Easy 5 miles. Mostly along dirt roads. Two “rock hopping” stream crossings could get your feet wet depending on stream levels and […]
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  • 28
    Saturday
    August 2021

    TN Work Trip August 28 - 13d & 13e

    Where:  Section 13d & 13e – Towee Creek »  Coker Creek (FS 22B) When:  Saturday, August 28, 2021 Time:  9 AM – 3 PM Plan for the Day: Mary Alton and […]
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  • 30
    Monday
    August 2021

    Amadahy trail at Carter’s Lake

    Easy/moderate 4-5-miles if you go out to the “boat/hike campground.” This will be a leisurely hike. Hike Leader Steve Dennison. For more information contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org
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  • 10
    Friday
    September 2021

    Gahuti Lite

    Five Intersecting Trails Loop at Fort Mountain State Park. Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). About 5 moderate miles. Highlights include cascading creeks, a long-distance view and a […]
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  • 11
    Saturday
    September 2021

    GA Work Trip September 11

    Where:  Sections 8e, f, g & h  – Fowler Mountain >> Dyer Gap Logout, brushout, & tread repair RSVP:  So we can plan tools and other PPE, please contact Bob […]
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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 690 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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