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  • 21
    Monday
    June 2021

    BMT: Lost Creek section

    Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Easy 6 miles. Beautiful walk along Big Lost Creek. One stream crossing will probably get your feet a little wet […]
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  • 23
    Wednesday
    June 2021

    Gorges State Park near Sapphire, NC for Rainbow Falls and Whitewater Falls

    Spectacular falls-one is a 411 foot fall. Moderate 5-mile hike with good possibility of seeing one of the closest rainbows ever. Two hour drive each way from Blairsville, GA. Leader will […]
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  • 26
    Saturday
    June 2021

    TN Work Trip June 26

    Where:  Heart of Darkness – Sandy Gap to Round Top – Section 16a – 4.1 miles When:  June 26, 2021 – 8:30 AM Meet Up Locations: …Tennessee Volunteers:  Meet at the […]
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  • 27
    Sunday
    June 2021

    AT/BMT double loop hike west from Three Forks

    This moderate 6-mile hike covers the lower north flank and top of Rich Mountain. Hike Leader George Owen. For more information hikeleaderGO@bmtamail.org.  
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  • 7
    Wednesday
    July 2021

    Wildcat Creek Trail near Ellijay, GA

    Approximately 5 miles with stream crossing to Fall Branch Falls Trail to Ammons Falls and return. Some brief strenuous segments. Hiking poles recommended. Trail located in GA Wildlife Management Area. […]
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  • 10
    Saturday
    July 2021

    GA Work Trip July 10

    Where:  Sections 7b & 7c Weaver Creek >> Boardtown Road Logout, brushout, & tread repair RSVP:: So we can plan tools and other PPE, please contact Bob Cowdrick at bcowdrick@comcast.net […]
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  • 12
    Monday
    July 2021

    Cartecay River Loop Trails

    Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Moderate 5-6 miles, much of it along the beautiful Cartecay River. Hike Leader Ken Cissna. For more information contact hikeleaderKC@bmtamail.org. 
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  • 14
    Wednesday
    July 2021

    Laurel-Snow Trail to Laurel Falls

    Laurel-Snow Trail to Laurel Falls. Moderate 6.1- mile trail out and back in Laurel-Snow State Natural Area near Dayton, TN. Two-hour drive each way from Blue Ridge. Leader will provide […]
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  • 17
    Saturday
    July 2021

    Big Frog, Rough Creek, Benton MacKaye Trails Loop off FS 221 in TN

    This moderately strenuous hike has one significant climb in the morning with three creek crossings after lunch – over 6 mi. with brief gravel road walk to complete the loop. […]
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  • 19
    Monday
    July 2021

    Lake Conasauga - Camping Under the Stars July 19-22

    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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  • 24
    Saturday
    July 2021

    TN Work Trip July 24

    Section 16b – Round Top » Sledrunner Gap Annual logout and refresh blazes. To RSVP or or more information contact Josh & Lydia Martinez lydiaatchley1995@yahoo.com or complete the form below.
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  • 26
    Monday
    July 2021

    Four Season Hike Series – Summer: BMT - Hudson Gap, out and back

    Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Moderate 4-5 miles. We’re going to offer this relatively short and fairly easy hike during each season this year. Best […]
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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 670 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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