BMTA ACTIVITY CALENDAR
BMTA normally schedules four or five hikes per month, some “leisure” hikes that are shorter and easier and some 5 to 8 miles and of moderate difficulty. In addition, we have occasional backpacking hikes and more difficult ones that might be called “hardy hikes.” Occasionally we co-sponsor hikes with other organizations. Some, but not all, of our hikes are “dog friendly.” Although more hikes are in Georgia than the other states, you will find hikes in all three BMT states: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Spend the Night Under the Stars – Fort Mountain State Park
March 1—3, 2021
Day Hikers Are Welcome on the Daily Hikes
BMTA is sponsoring an overnight camping opportunity at Fort Mountain State Park. Several BMTAers already are planning to camp along the lake campground Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday nights (weather permitting).
Tuesday’s hike will be the Gahuti Backcountry Trail, an 8.2-mile strenuous hike. You’ll travel around the edge of the park, passing below the summits of both Cohutta and Fort mountains. Along the way you’ll enjoy many scenic views not visible during the summer months — including the panoramic Cool Springs Overlook.
Wednesday’s trek will be on the Four Trails Loop, a very pleasant 5-mile moderate loop hike. Your stroll will take you on sections of the Gahuti Trail, Gold Mine Creek Trail, Lake Trail and Big Rock Nature Trail. Hiking poles are highly recommended for the short, but tricky, Gold Mine Trail as well as sections of the Big Rock Trail.
Please join us as day hikers for either or both of these hikes … or … join us in the campground and hike on both days.
*Both cabins and primitive camping also are available at Fort Mountain.
Sign up for these hikes by February 28! The hike leader will not be available online after that evening.
Contact Hike Leader Mike Pilvinsky hikeleaderMP@bmtamail.org.