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Benton MacKaye Trail Association Annual Meeting & Hike Fest

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the BMTA!

Barrel Cabin

Unicoi Reservations

November 11-14, 2021

Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Helen, GA

Make Your Reservations Now!

For reservations call 800-573-9659

To receive your discount, use Code 99529!

Mention the Benton MacKaye Trail Association!

Unicoi Lodge Reservations - Use Code 99529

Hike Fest Schedule

Hiking Director Tom Sewell has put together a great list of hikes for this year’s Annual Meeting Hike Fest, including:

  • The Swinging Bridge
  • The Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls
  • Duke’s Creek Falls
  • Indian Grave Gap to Tray Mountain
  • Raven Cliffs Trail
  • Helen & Hardeman Farm
  • Unicoi Lake Trail
  • Smithgall Woods State Park Chunanee Falls Trail

And many more — check out the Hike Schedule!

Please go to Hike Fest to let us know what days you plan to hike.

Hike Fest Schedule

Friday Nite Social

Complimentary Hors d ’Oeuvres
Hot Chocolate & Smores

*Cash Bar

Award Banquet

Garden Salad
Bread & Rolls
Carver Will Be Serving Sirloin, Ham & Turkey
Green Beans
Vegetable Medley
Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy / Rice w/Gravy
Coffee (Decaf & Regular) / Iced Tea / Cash Bar
Dessert – TBA
Optional – Vegan Plated Meal


*Cash Bar

Banquet Reservations Must Be Made by 11/1/2021!

Dinner Reservations

Featured Speaker - Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson, freelance writer and independent scholar is the author of two of the most authoritative books written about Benton MacKaye — Benton MacKaye: Conservationist, Planner, and Creator of the Appalachian Trail (Creating the North American Landscape) and Peculiar Work: Writing about Benton MacKaye, Conservation, Community.

His research and descriptions are meticulous – as are the myriad of pictures of MacKaye’s precisely detailed hand-drawn maps. In his book, Anderson lays out MacKaye’s visions for the preservation and enjoyment of the environment — many of these concepts can be identified today as: green spaces, the intrastate and interstate highway systems, designated wilderness areas protected from urban encroachment and the movement for environmental sustainability.

Larry Anderson Biography

Annual Meeting Raffle

All proceeds go to

BMTA’s Land Acquisition Fund

Tickets —  $10 each or 3 for $25

Tickets available at the meeting!

Ninety-five per cent of the Benton MacKaye is on either Forest Service or National Park Service property. BMTA needs to move as quickly as possible to secure permanent routes that eliminate the remaining 15 miles or so of road walk and “non-permanent” trail that crosses private land.

BMTA is getting prepared — the Board has established a Land Acquisition Fund. But we need your help to fund these endeavors. Tax deductible donations can be made online on the Donate Page. As you check out, in the “Billing details” section, be sure to put “Land Acquisition Fund” in the Additional Information/Order Notes field opposite your name. Or mail a check with that notation in the memo field to BMTA, PO Box 6, Cherry Log, GA 30522.

Another way you can help — and have some fun at the same time — come to BMTA’s Annual Meeting and Hike Fest November 11-14 at Unicoi Lodge and purchase some raffle tickets. We have some great raffle items — including several two-nite stays at Unicoi, Fontana Village, Fireside Outpost, one-nite stay at the Hike Inn and more — the proceeds go to BMTA’s Land Acquisition Fund!


Thank You to All Who Have Donated Items for the Annual Meeting Raffle!


Fireside Outpost

2-Nite Stay

Fontana Village

2-Nite Stay

Len Foote Hike Inn

1-Nite Stay


Starr Mountain Outfitters

Hiking Package

Historic Tapoco Lodge

$300 Gift Certificate for Food/Lodging

Unicoi Lodge

2-Nite Stay