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.
Duke’s Creek Falls-Hike Fest
Annual Meeting Hike Fest from Unicoi Lodge in Helen, GA. Short 2-mile roundtrip hike but it has a lot of stairs to maneuver. Seven-mile drive from the lodge. Hike Leader Michael Pilvinsky. Departs Unicoi lodge at 3 PM. Meet on the porch 15 minutes prior to departure.
Unicoi Lake Trail-Hike Fest
Easy 2.5 miles with a 100’ elevation change. Meet at the Unicoi Lodge in Helen, GA. Hike Leaders Tom and Carolyn Sewell. Departs lodge at 3:30 PM. Meet on the porch 15 minutes prior to departure.
BMTA Annual Meeting & Hike Fest
BMTA's 40th Annual Meeting & Hike Fest will be held at the beautiful Unicoi Lodge in Helen Georgia. We'll be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association as well as the 100th Anniversary of Benton MacKaye's treatise, ‘An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning’ -- plus four days of great hiking! […]
Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls and back-Hike Fest
Moderate/strenuous 10-mile hike. Hike Leaders Tom and Carolyn Sewell. Departs lodge at 9 AM. Meet on the porch at Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA. 15 minutes prior to departure.
Raven Cliffs Trail-Hike Fest
Seven-mile drive from the lodge. A scenic 5-mile roundtrip hike along a cascading mountain stream to towering cliffs with two waterfalls. Some difficult footing due to erosion. Hike Leader Bill Witherspoon. Bill will focus on the geology in this specific area. Departs lodge at 11 AM. Meet on the porch of Unicoi Lodge Helen, GA […]
Helen and Hardeman Farm-Hike Fest
Meet at Unicoi Lodge and drive to the new riverside trail just on the south edge of Helen. We will then walk 1.25 miles through the woods to the Hardeman Farm where we will take the official tour. Cost $7-12 each for the 90-minute tour. Total walking distance is about 3 miles. Last tour is […]
Hemlock Falls-Hike Fest
Easy, great 4-mile hike at nearby Moccasin State Park. Seventeen-mile drive from Unicoi Lodge. Hike Leader Mike Pilvinsky. Departs lodge at 1 PM. Meet on the porch of Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA 15 minutes prior to departure.
Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls-Hike Fest
Moderate/strenuous 5-mile hike. Shuttle required. Hike Leaders Brenda and Rick Harris. Departs lodge at 9 AM. Meet on the porch of Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA, 15 minutes prior to departure.
Smithgall Woods State Park Chunanee Falls Trail-Hike Fest
We will first gather on arrival at the nature center to view interactive exhibits, gift shop, then head to the trails: Tsalaki Trail to Chunanee Falls Trail. Moderate 6.8 miles. Come enjoy this state preserve of over 5,500 acres. Our trekking distance will be about five miles. Seven-mile drive from the lodge. Hike Leader Barry […]
Yonah Mountain Trail-Hike Fest
This climb of some 1,700’ features awesome views from the top. Some rugged, rock-hewn summit trail portions. Overall in-and-out hike is over five miles. Ten miles south of the lodge. Hike Leader Michael Pilvinsky. Departs lodge at 9 AM. Meet on the porch of Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA, 15 minutes prior to departure.
Indian Grave Gap to Tray Mountain and back-Hike Fest
Moderate 5 miles on the AT to Tray Mountain. The trail passes Indian Grave Gap (3,113’), a fabulous hillside of Galax, the “cheese factory” turnoff, and a viewpoint just before Tray Mountain (4,430’). Drivers need a 4-wheel drive or a high clearance vehicle since a 6-10-inch-deep creek crossing is required). Hike Leader is Jess Riddle […]
Brasstown Bald-HIke Fest
First we will visit the Observation Deck on top of the Bald. Then we head to the upper portion of the Wagon Train Trail and travel northward to the second overlook that looks back at the Brasstown Tower. Total mileage 4.2. Twenty-mile drive from the lodge. Hike Leader George Owen. Departs lodge at 9:30 AM. […]
Unicoi to Helen-Hike Fest
The hike is an easy, almost 3-mile trail from Unicoi Lodge to Helen. Afterwards we have ninety minutes to shop in downtown before meeting at the downtown park and hiking back the lodge. Total 6-miles. Hike Leaders Tom and Carolyn Sewell. Departs lodge at 10:00 AM. Meet on the porch of Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA, […]
Two Waterfalls Tours-Hike Fest
Hidden along Forest Service Roads: High Shoals Falls and Horse Trough Falls. Drivers need a 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicles since a 6-10-inch-deep creek crossing is required. Hike roundtrip to the High Falls is 2.5-miles. Hike to Horse Trough Falls is 1-mile roundtrip. Hike Leader Larry Jarkovsky. Departs lodge at 10:30 AM. Meet on […]
GA Work Trip November 13 – Cancelled
Because of the Annual Meeting & Hike Fest, the Georgia Work Trip originally scheduled for November 13, 2021, has been cancelled. Instead, we encourage everyone to attend the Tennessee Work Trip on November 20, 2021. To RSVP or for additional information on the Tennessee Work Trip, go to https://bmta.org/event/tn-work-trip-november-20/ COVID-19 Concerns: • If you believe […]