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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.

*Please refer to: BMTA COVID-19 Hiker Guidelines and Hiker Guidelines.

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August 27 TN/NC Work Trip

When:  Saturday, August 27, 2022
Where:  Section 16b – Heart of Darkness – Sledrunner Gap Via Beaverdam Bald
Meeting Location:  Cherohala Visitors Center, Tellico Plains, TN
Time:  8:30 AM
What to Bring/What to Wear:  Water (at least 2 liters), food/snacks, gloves, long pants and boots. Bring safety glasses, hard hat snake and gaiters if you have them.

This is rattlesnake and copperhead territory!
We have seen a poisonous snake almost every time we have worked
this section over the past few years.

Plan for the Day:  Mostly brushing out. Blowdowns are unknown. Loppers and swingblades will be provided.
Please bring a brushcutter if you have it – hand tools will be provided!

Bring a snack lunch & then plan to attend Chow Time at the
Trailhead at the end of the workday.

Watch for additional information in emails and on the BMTA website!

Workers Needed for Early Start Crew!

In order to get an early start on Saturday, the Early Start Crew will enjoy a night under the stars on Beaverdam on Friday (August 26, 2022).

On Saturday, they will work the most remote area of the Heart of Darkness and then hike out to Sandy Gap. Four already are signed up — we definitely could use a couple more trail workers for this tough section!

If you are interested in joining the Early Start Crew, contact Barry Allen,

To RSVP Contact:

Keith Mertz –

You also can register online below.


Aug 27 2022