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  • 11
    Saturday
    December 2021

    GA December 11 Work Trip

    Where:  11e– USFS 45 to US Hwy 64 When:  Saturday, December 11, 2021 Time: 9:00 AM Meeting Location:  Thunder Rock Campground https://goo.gl/maps/vagyN6HvE2Hdqjp87 Parking: Available:  At the day use area next […]
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  • 16
    Thursday
    December 2021

    Select Trails of Talking Rock Nature Preserve

    Dog friendly hike (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). Easy to moderate 4-5 miles. Hike Leader Ken Cissna. For more information contact hikeleaderKC@bmtamail.org.  
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  • 17
    Friday
    December 2021

    BMT, Hemp Top, Jacks River Trails

    We will start hiking from Watson Gap, enter the Cohutta Wilderness on the BMT, then use the Hemp Top and Jacks River trails to complete a circle and return over […]
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  • 18
    Saturday
    December 2021

    December 18 TN/NC Work Trip

    Location: 12a-12b – Ocoee River to Kimsey Mountain Highway When:  Saturday, 12/18/2021 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM Meeting Locations: Crew 1:  Meet at Greasy Creek Baptist Church. Then proceed to […]
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  • 22
    Wednesday
    December 2021

    BMT. Deep Gap on Aska Road to Fall Branch Falls and return.

    Strenuous 11 miles. Hike leader Steve Dennison. For more information contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 1
    Saturday
    January 2022

    Upper Springer Mountain Loop

    This 4.6-mile loop provides visits to the southern terminus of both the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye trails with two lovely vistas. Start the first day of 2022 with a great […]
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  • 5
    Wednesday
    January 2022

    Benton MacKaye Trail from Weaver Creek to Fall Branch Falls and return.

    Moderate/strenuous 9 miles. Hike Leader Steve Dennison. For more information contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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  • 8
    Saturday
    January 2022

    GA January 8 Work Trip

    Where:  Sections 1a-b-c — Springer Mountain >> Three Forks When:  Saturday, January, 2022 Time: 9:00 AM Meeting Location:  Big Stamp Plan for the Day:  Logout, brushout & tread repair What […]
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  • 10
    Monday
    January 2022

    Amadahy Trail at Carter’s Lake

    Easy/moderate 4-5 miles if you go out to the boat/hike campground. This will be a leisurely hike. Hike Leaders Evelyn and Doug Yarns. For more information contact hikeleaderEY@bmtamail.org.
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  • 14
    Friday
    January 2022

    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. […]
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  • 17
    Monday
    January 2022

    Thunder Rock Express on to Chestnut Mountain Trail to BMT down to Thunder Rock Campground

    Moderate 6.5 miles at the Whitewater Center in Ducktown, Tennessee. Hike Leaders Tom and Carolyn Sewell. For more information contact hikeleaderTS@bmtamail.org.
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  • 21
    Friday
    January 2022

    Bushy Head Gap to McKenny and return

    Moderately/strenuous 8 miles. Hike Leader Steve Dennison. For more information contact hikeleaderSD@bmtamail.org.
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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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    Donate

    Donate today. Leave a path for generations to follow by helping us maintain and protect this amazing natural resource.

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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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