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  • 7
    Tuesday
    July 2020

    Amicalola River Trail

    2.9 mile, easy to moderate.  Begins with a half-mile Boardwalk along the beautiful Amicalola River. Later, observe the mighty Class 4 “Edge of the World” Rapids! Hike leader Sara Bland.  […]
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  • 9
    Thursday
    July 2020

    Gahuti Lite: Five Trails Loop at Fort Mountain State Park

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog) About 5 miles, moderate.  Highlights include cascading creeks, a long distance view, and a lakeside walk.  Ends with a moderate uphill […]
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  • 11
    Saturday
    July 2020

    Georgia July 11 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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  • 13
    Monday
    July 2020

    Hanging Dog (near Murphy NC).

    6 miles, easy to moderate. Hike leader Evelin Yarns.  For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org. BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and be willing to assume […]
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  • 14
    Tuesday
    July 2020

    BMT: To Buck Bald and Back

    3 miles round trip, easy.  Top provides beautiful 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. Hike leader Clare Sullivan.  For more information, contact hikeleader@bmta.org. BMTA members and guests must recognize […]
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  • 18
    Saturday
    July 2020

    TN / NC July 18 Work Trip

    Where:  Section to be worked: Section 16a:  Sandy Gap to Round Top When:  July 18, 2020 – 9:00 AM. Meet Up Location:  Coker Creek Welcome Center TN 68. Bring:  Day […]
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  • 22
    Wednesday
    July 2020

    Select Trails of Talking Rock Nature Preserve

    DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE (adult humans may bring a leashed dog). 4-5 miles, easy to easy-moderate. Hike Leaders: Howard Baggett and Ken Cissna.  For more information, contact hikeleader@bmta.org BMTA members and guests […]
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  • 24
    Friday
    July 2020

    Cartecay River Loop Trail and Clear Creek Shoals

    About 5 miles, moderate.  Includes a short drive between trailheads. Hike leader Steve Dennison.  For more information, contact hikeleader@bmtamail.org. If you plan on attending, RSVP BMTA members and guests must […]
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  • 28
    Tuesday
    July 2020

    To Rainbow Falls and Back

    3.8 miles, easy.  Two creek crossings.  Trip to two other beautiful falls just above Rainbow Falls a possibility. Hike leader Clare Sullivan.  For more information, contact hikeleader@bmta.org. BMTA members and […]
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  • 29
    Wednesday
    July 2020

    Turtletown Creek Falls

    4 miles, moderate.  Two beautiful falls in one short hike. Hike leader Steve Dennison.  For more information, contact hikeleader@bmta.org. BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities […]
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  • 8
    Saturday
    August 2020

    GA August 8 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
    Saturday
    August 2020

    TN/NC August 22 Work Trip

    Section 16b – Round Top » Sledrunner Gap Contact Rick Harris, harrisri@aol.com. BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and be willing to assume these […]
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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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