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Benton MacKaye Trail Association Annual Meeting & Hike Fest


Fontana Village Reservations

November 3-6, 2022

Fontana Village Lodge & Resort

Fontana Dam, NC

Make Your Reservations Now!

For reservations call 800-849-2258

To receive your discount, mention the Benton MacKaye Trail Association.

Fontana Village Lodge & Resort

Hike Fest Schedule


Featured Hike
Fontana Ferry from the Marina to the BMT/Lakeshore Trail to the
Extinct Town of Proctor.

Hazel Creek was once the most popular place along the north shore of Fontana Lake. Explore an old cemetery, learn local history. Mileage can vary, according to your willingness to explore.   There is a $50. per person charge for the Ferry. Most interesting. Guide: Dick Evans

  • Cemetery Hike
  • Twenty Mile Falls
  • Yellow Creek Falls
  • Bear Pen Gap
  • Nichols Cove
  • Hangover Hike
  • Yellow Creek Ridge
  • Twenty Mile Loop Trail

Notes: GPS directions are fairly reliable. Cell phone service is spotty to non-existent.
Weather in early November can be lovely, or snow. Be prepared for temperature and weather changes.
Gas is available at the Fontana Pitstop Service Station, but pricy. No other local gas available for several miles.
All hikes are limited to 15 hikers.

Additional hikes will be planned if needed, according to Fontana Village registrations.

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

Hike Fest Schedule
Autumn path at twenty mile-color adj

Friday Nite Social

Complimentary Hors d ’Oeuvres

Smoked Buffalo Wings with Ranch Dipping Sauce
Smoked Trout Cakes with Cajun Tartar
Fried Vegetables
Artisan Cheese Platter
Chips and Salsa

*Cash Bar

Awards Banquet

Buffet Menu

Tossed Garden Salad
Assorted Artisan Rolls

Chicken Piccata, Smoky Mountain Fried Rainbow Trout and Garden Vegetable Ricotta Lasagna

Vegetable Selections
Green Bean Almondine
Roasted Vegetable Medley

Apple Cobbler

Coffee (Decaf & Regular) / Iced Tea (Sweet & Unsweet)

*Cash Bar


Banquet Reservations Must Be Made by 10/21/2022!

Dinner Reservations

Featured Speaker - Angelina Jumper

Angelina Jumper, Cultural Resources Supervisor, Junaluska Museum and Junaluska Medicine Trail, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI).

Annual Meeting Raffle

All proceeds go to

BMTA’s Land Acquisition Fund

Tickets: $10 each / 3 for $25 / 7 for $50 / 16 for $100
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. 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 3-6 at Fontana Village Resort and purchase some raffle tickets. We have some great raffle items — including several two-nite stays at Fontana Village, Unicoi, Fireside Outpost, Unicoi Lodge, gift certificate for the Historic Tapoco Lodge, one-nite stay at the Len Foote Hike Inn and more — all proceeds go to BMTA’s Land Acquisition Fund!


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

Non Hiking Activities

Fontana Village!

Head east on NC-28 S toward Welch Road. Continue straight onto Fontana Dam Road. Turn left.
Destination will be on your left.

Fontana Lake Tours

Fee Charged. Reservations suggested (828) 498-2129. Lake Tours depart from Fontana Marina Daily at 2 and 4 PM to see one of the deepest lakes in the country.

Wehrloom Honey

Head east on NC-28 S toward Welch Road. Turn right onto NC-143 W/Sweetwater Road. Turn right onto Rodney Orr Bypass. Continue onto US-129 N/Tapoco Road. Turn left onto Willie Colvin Road. Destination is 257 Willie Colvin Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771.

Visit Cheoah, Fontana, and/or Santeetlah Dam

Explore the incredible history of the hydroelectric dam system in Graham County and how it has contributed to the growth of the region as well as its historic role in past war efforts. For more detailed information, stop in at the Graham County Visitors Center in Robbinsville.

Hunting Boy Wood Crafts

Beautiful works of wood carver and chainsaw artist Billy Welch. Inspired by his Cherokee roots, the beautiful wood of Appalachia and nature. 2793 Massey Branch Road, Robbinsville, NC 28711

To see all the non-hiking activities, go to the Non-Hiking Activities List.

Non Hiking Activity List