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  • 29
    Friday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Loop Three Forks to Long Creek Falls to Hickory Flats

    then FS road to No Name Bald rejoining the BMT back to Three Forks. Moderate 7.5 moderate miles. 1,000 ft elevation gain. Hike Leader Ken Cissna hikeleaderKC@bmtamail.org.
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  • 29
    Friday
    October 2021

    Fontana Dam Area

    BMT/AT divergence near the end of Fontana Dam to same on the south side near the Marina. Easy three miles. Could be done as a shuttle or start at multiple […]
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  • 30
    Saturday
    October 2021

    BMT/AT Loop from Big Stamp Gap

    Moderate five miles, (600’ elevation change) with three minor creek crossings. Trip will include Springer Mountain (the southern start of the AT), the Benton MacKaye Memorial Placard at the start […]
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  • 30
    Saturday
    October 2021

    Unicoi Gap on the Benton MacKaye Trail to the Doc Rogers Sanatorium

    Strenuous nine miles, 1,000 ft elevation change, with a beautiful ridge line walk along the NC/TN state line. Added attractions include an old engraved stone marker on the ridge marking […]
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  • 11
    Thursday
    November 2021

    BMTA Annual Meeting & Hike Fest

    BMTA’s 40th Annual Meeting & Hike Fest will be held at the beautiful Unicoi Lodge in Helen Georgia. We’ll be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association […]
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  • 11
    Thursday
    November 2021

    Duke's Creek Falls-Hike Fest

    Annual Meeting Hike Fest from Unicoi Lodge in Helen, GA. Short 2-mile roundtrip hike but it has a lot of stairs to maneuver. Seven-mile drive from the lodge. Hike Leader […]
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  • 11
    Thursday
    November 2021

    Unicoi Lake Trail-Hike Fest

    Easy 2.5 miles with a 100’ elevation change. Meet at the Unicoi Lodge in Helen, GA. Hike Leaders Tom and Carolyn Sewell. Departs lodge at 3:30 PM. Meet on the […]
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  • 12
    Friday
    November 2021

    Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls and back-Hike Fest

    Moderate/strenuous 10-mile hike. Hike Leaders Tom and Carolyn Sewell. Departs lodge at 9 AM. Meet on the porch at Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA. 15 minutes prior to departure.
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  • 12
    Friday
    November 2021

    Raven Cliffs Trail-Hike Fest

    Seven-mile drive from the lodge. A scenic 5-mile roundtrip hike along a cascading mountain stream to towering cliffs with two waterfalls. Some difficult footing due to erosion. Hike Leader Bill […]
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  • 12
    Friday
    November 2021

    Helen and Hardeman Farm-Hike Fest

     Meet at Unicoi Lodge and drive to the new riverside trail just on the south edge of Helen. We will then walk 1.25 miles through the woods to the Hardeman […]
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  • 12
    Friday
    November 2021

    Hemlock Falls-Hike Fest

     Easy, great 4-mile hike at nearby Moccasin State Park. Seventeen-mile drive from Unicoi Lodge. Hike Leader Mike Pilvinsky. Departs lodge at 1 PM. Meet on the porch of Unicoi Lodge, […]
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  • 12
    Friday
    November 2021

    Unicoi Lake Trail-Hike Fest

     Easy 2.5 miles with a 100’ elevation change. Hike Leader George Owen. Departs lodge at 3:30 PM. Meet on the porch of Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA 15 minutes prior to […]
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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 718 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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