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  • 17
    Monday
    August 2020

    BMT/AT Loop from Big Stamp Parking Lot

    4.6 miles, moderate. This loop hike includes 1.2 miles on the Appalachian Trail and 3.4 on the Benton MacKaye Trail as well as the southern termini of both trails and […]
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  • 21
    Friday
    August 2020

    Cartecay River Loop Trails. DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE.

    (adult humans may bring a leashed dog) About 6.5 miles, moderate. Hike leader Ken Cissna. For more information hikeleader@bmtamail.org BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities […]
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  • 22
    Saturday
    August 2020

    TN/NC August 22 Work Trip

    Where:  Section 16b – Round Top » Sledrunner Gap. When:  Date: Aug 22, 2020, 8:30 AM. Meet:  Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center, Tellico Plains, TN. What to Bring and Wear:  Long […]
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  • 24
    Monday
    August 2020

    Bear Creek Trail

    6 miles, moderate. Bring water shoes—two stream crossings, second one likely to get you wet. Hike leader Steve Dennison. For more information hikeleader@bmtamail.org BMTA members and guests must recognize there […]
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  • 31
    Monday
    August 2020

    Wildcat Creek Loop

    5 miles, moderate.  Beginning at Wildcat Creek Campground, much of the trail runs near Wildcat Creek. Hike Leader Steve Dennison.  For more information  hikeleader@bmtamail.org BMTA members and guests must recognize […]
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  • 10
    Thursday
    September 2020

    Mudd Gap to Whigg Meadow

    5.8 miles, moderate. In recent years, we have seen professional birders catching, measuring, and banding birds at Whigg Meadow in September.  We hope they are there again this year. Hike […]
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  • 11
    Friday
    September 2020

    Stanley Gap Trail from Fall Branch Falls

    About 6 miles, moderate. To where Stanley Gap and BMT diverge and back. Hike Leader Steve Dennison. For more information hikeleader@bmtamail.org   BMTA members and guests must recognize there are […]
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  • 12
    Saturday
    September 2020

    GA September 12 Work Trip

    Contact: Phil Guhl at bmtaphil@gmail.com or 770-548-5590 (Please RSVP so we can plan on the number of tools and helmets.) BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved […]
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  • 22
    Tuesday
    September 2020

    Oglethorpe Mountain Trails

    3 miles, easy. Hike leader:  Martha Fowler.  For more information, contact mailto:hikeleader@bmta.org
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  • 25
    Friday
    September 2020

    BMT: Highway 515 to Weaver Creek and Return

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). 5 miles, easy. Mostly along dirt roads. Two “rock hopping” stream crossings that could get your feet wet depending on stream […]
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  • 26
    Saturday
    September 2020

    TN / NC September 26 Work Trip

    Section 13e – Loss Creek – Coker Creek. Contact Steve Cartwright, scdcmc@comcast.net BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and be willing to assume these […]
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  • 3
    Saturday
    October 2020

    Bob Bald

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). 8 miles, moderate. Hike leaders: Rick and Brenda Harris.  For more information, contactmailto:harrisri@aol.com
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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 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 460 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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