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.
TN Work Trip September 25
WE NEED YOUR HELP for this beautiful, but tough section!
If You Have Never Been on the Cherohala Skyway – This is Your Chance!
The drive on the Cherohala Skyway from either the TN or NC side is one of the most beautiful stretches of highway anywhere in the Eastern USA.
Location: Section 18a – Beech Gap on the Skyway » Haoe Lead Trail Intersection
Distance: About 2 miles
Meeting Location: The Unicoi Crest Overlook is about a quarter mile into North Carolina from Beech Gap (the TN/NC State Line on the Cherohala Skyway). There is ample parking at that site and those without 4WD vehicles can leave their vehicles there during the work trip.
Map – Driving: https://goo.gl/maps/gvyidYccEgbKfza7A
Map – Work Detail: https://bmtamail.org/imgs/BobBaldRoads.jpg
Meeting Time: 9 AM
Not in Wilderness! You will be near, but not in, the Citico and the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wildernesses. Chainsaws and brushcutters can be used on this section.
Plan for the Day: We will meet at 9 AM at the Unicoi Crest Overlook, drive back to Beech Gap and past the gate onto the forest service road 2 miles to Cold Springs Gap (4WD high-clearance vehicles) and use a chainsaw to clear any trees off the gated FS road. Once we reach Cold Springs Gap, we will proceed up the trail to Bob Bald with chainsaw, brushcutters, loppers, etc. One chainsaw or crosscut saw should be enough to clear the entire section. But we will need lots of brushcutters and loppers.
There is a 900-foot rise from Cold Springs Gap to the top of Bob Bald. The trail is fairly level from there to the intersection with the Haoe Lead Trail. The worst part is the section between Bob Bald and the intersection with the Haoe Lead Trail — lots and lots of blackberry brambles.
At a mile up in the sky, Bob Bald offers unimpeded views of the surrounding mountains and the Cherohala Skyway — a great place to eat our lunch!
If we have enough folks sign up (especially folks from NC and GA), we may have a crew come in via the Stratton Ridge Trail from the Wolf Laurel Trailhead to the intersection with the BMT. This route is a little easier and shorter with less elevation climb, but it is a long drive on gravel FS roads to the trailhead.
POST WORK TRIP ENTERTAINMENT
Plan on snacks and refreshments at Cold Springs Gap. Those who wish may want to plan on eating supper in Tellico Plains. The best choice would be the Mexican restaurant next to the Exxon Station. Very good food and outdoor seating. Prices are reasonable.
To RSVP, Contact: Richard Harris, (423) 253-6358 (home), (513) 260-1184 (cell phone/text), or HarrisRi@aol.com.
Or RSVP Online using the form below.
Please indicate if you would be willing to go in via the Wolf Laurel Trailhead.