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  • 22
    Friday
    January 2021

    Brush Creek Trail

    To celebrate his 82nd birthday he’s leading a hike! Easy 5 miles with lots of views of the reservoir of the Ocoee River above the Whitewater Center in Ducktown, Tennessee. […]
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  • 23
    Saturday
    January 2021

    TN January 23 Work Trip

    Where: Section 14a – FS 22B » Unicoi Mt Trail (TN Hwy 68). Where: Section 12b – Deep Gap at the Powerlines crossing to Wilderness sign Where:    on Dry Pond Lead Trail. When: Saturday, […]
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  • 29
    Friday
    January 2021

    BMT Bushy Head Gap to Hudson Gap and back

    Four Season Hike Series -Winter. A dog friendly Hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Moderate 5.2 miles. We’re going to offer this relatively short and fairly easy hike […]
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  • 2
    Tuesday
    February 2021

    Blood Mountain from the Byron Reece parking lot

    Moderate to strenuous 4.2 miles. Hike Leader Mike Pilvinsky. For more information contact hikeleaderMP@bmtamail.org
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  • 6
    Saturday
    February 2021

    Benton Falls at Chilhowee Campground in SE Tennessee

    Easy 2.5 miles. Awesome waterfall and great views of surrounding mountains and lake. Hike Leader Larry Dumas. For more information contact hikeleaderLD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 13
    Saturday
    February 2021

    GA February 13 Work Trip

    Where: Section 1a, 1b and 1c — Springer Mountain >> Three Forks. Meet: 9:00 AM Big Stamp Gap BMT Parking Lot on FS42. Plan for the Day: Brushing, Lopping, Tread […]
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  • 14
    Sunday
    February 2021

    Valentines Day Hike

    Discover a lost heart on Fort Mountain. Moderate 5 miles. Portions of the Gahutti Trail, Lake Loop and Overlook/Tower Trails. Hike leader Carolyn Sewell. For more information contact hikeleaderCS@bmtamail.org.
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  • 15
    Monday
    February 2021

    BMT from Three Forks to No Name Bald and back

    Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Moderate 4.3 miles. Mostly following Long Creek. Largely uphill going and reverse returning. Approximately 700’ of elevation change each way. We’ll include a side trip […]
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  • 19
    Friday
    February 2021

    Yonah Mountain and return for a total of 5 miles

    1,700’ gain as you literally “climb a mountain.” This shark fin-shaped mountain has a trail that is a combination of moderate with some steep and rocky sections. Excellent views but […]
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  • 22
    Monday
    February 2021

    Fort Mountain State Park: Gahutti Trail

    Moderate to strenuous 7.7 miles. State Park Pass required. Hike leader Steve Dennison.  For more information, contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 27
    Saturday
    February 2021

    TN February 27 Work Trip

    Where: Section 12e – FS 103 » FS 173 – Trestle. When: Saturday, February 27, 2021. Send RSVPs to Rick Harris (harrisri@aol.com) or Steve Cartwright scdcmc@comcast.net — or complete and submit […]
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  • 1
    Monday
    March 2021

    Duncan Ridge Trail from Mulky Gap to Sarvis Gap and return

    Moderate to strenuous 8 miles. Excellent winter views. Hike leader Steve Dennison. For more information, contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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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

    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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