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  • 8
    Saturday
    May 2021

    GA Work Trip May 8

    Where:  Sections 5a, 5b, 5c and 5d Wilscot Gap >> Shallowford Bridge When: Saturday, May 8th, 2021 Time: 9:00 AM Meeting Location: Wilscot Gap on Hwy 60 Plan for the […]
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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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  • 19
    Wednesday
    May 2021

    Talking Rock Nature Preserve utilizing the various loops in the Talking Rock Nature Preserve

    We plan 5 easy miles but you may decide to add more if you wish after the hike. Hike Leader Howard Baggett. For more information contact hikeleaderHB@bmtamail.org.  
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  • 21
    Friday
    May 2021

    Amadahy Trail

    Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Easy to moderate 5 miles along the shore of Carter’s Lake. Lunch at the marine campground. Hike Leader Ken Cissna. For more […]
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  • 22
    Saturday
    May 2021

    TN Work Trip May 22

    Sycamore Creek Trail. Section 17a-b. Annual logout and refresh blazes. For more information contact Pam and Kent Mathews pamelahallmathews@yahoo.com.
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  • 24
    Monday
    May 2021

    Turtletown Creek Falls near Farner, TN

    Moderate 4.5-mile round-trip hike to two of the prettiest waterfalls in the area. Hiking poles recommended. Hike leader Steve Dennison. For more information contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 29
    Saturday
    May 2021

    Upper Springer Mountain Loop

    With two lovely vistas this 4.6- mile loop provides visits to the southern terminus of both the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye trails. Some history of these two trails is included […]
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  • 7
    Monday
    June 2021

    Quartz Loop at the Whitewater Center in Ducktown, TN

    Moderate 4.7 miles. Hike Leader Evelin Yarns. For more information contact hikeleaderEY@bmtamail.org.    
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  • 9
    Wednesday
    June 2021

    Bolling Park Trails Canton, GA

    Easy 5-6 miles in this great preserve. Hike Leader Howard Baggett. For more information contact hikeleaderHB@bmtamail.org. 
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  • 12
    Saturday
    June 2021

    GA Work Trip June 12

    Where: Section 6b, 6c,  6d and 7a  — Fall Branch >> Weaver Creek Logout, brushout and tread repair. RSVP:: So we can plan tools and other PPE, please contact Crew […]
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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 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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