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Thru Hikers’ Guide to the

Benton MacKaye Trail

Lookout Rock

The Trail Overview

The Setting:

With its glorious ridgeline views and the innumerable crossings of mountain streams, the almost 300 mile long Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) comes by its reputation for beauty honestly. Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the BMT has some of the most varied and abundant wildflowers of any temperate climate forest in the world – and — the variety of tree species is second to none.  Whether it’s the creek-side trilliums in the spring, the red-orange of the fall sugar maples at the higher elevations or the unmatched 360 degree views in the winter, the BMT is a visual treat any time of the year.

The BMT traverses 81.8 miles in Georgia and 205.8 miles in Tennessee / North Carolina. This includes 93 miles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making it the longest trail in the Smokies. Also known for its remoteness, a third of the trail lies in Wilderness areas where vehicular access and motorized tools are prohibited. Here, the hiker finds true peace and solitude.

A Quick Route Summary:

The BMT shares its start on Springer Mountain with its elder sibling, the Appalachian Trail (AT).  The views south and west from Springer are superb. The two trails, interwoven at first, intersect four times in the BMT’s first seven miles before going their separate ways at the spectacular Long Creek Falls.

With multiple BMT / AT intersections as well as Springer Mountain and Long Creek Falls, these first miles are a day-hikers dream!

After Long Creek Falls, the BMT heads north to cross the Toccoa River on the iconic Swinging Bridge before turning west to traverse numerous summits in the 2500 to 3500 foot range, passing Fall Branch Falls enroute to the Cohutta and Big Frog Wilderness areas and finally crosses into Tennessee at Double Spring Gap.   Dramatic crossings of the Ocoee and Hiwassee rivers are a prelude to the trail’s ascent to the boundary ridge between Tennessee and North Carolina near Sandy Gap and some of the best 360 degree views along the trail.

One hundred eighty miles after they parted ways at Long Creek Falls, the BMT and AT meet again near Fontana Dam as they approach the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once into the Smokies, the BMT follows a course close to Fontana Lake with superb lake-side camping (permit required) before climbing to the top of Mount Sterling (at 5842 feet the BMT’s highpoint) and then descending to Big Creek — the trail’s northern terminus.

This magnificent trail remains open year round, in part, due to the diligent work of volunteers. BMTA volunteers remove downed trees, clear overgrowth vegetation and repair the trail’s tread. After you enjoy a hike on the BMT, join BMTA’s volunteers on one of our Saturday work trips. To learn more, go to Volunteer

 

Planning a Thru Hike?

Please contact us with your name(s), phone number, email, start date, anticipated end date and whether you are hiking North Bound or South Bound. As you go, consider posting your pictures and stories on Facebook, Benton MacKaye Trail Hikers or on Instagram. We will enjoy following you and may just see you on the trail!

Once you have completed a thru hike go to Completion Report & Request for Listing.

A QUICK ROUTE SUMMARY

Benton MacKaye Trail

Overview Map

Resupply Strategy for Long Distance Hikers 

Food, Bunkhouses, Hostels, Cold Beer, Air Conditioning, Electricity, Showers and more…..

The following is a list of services along or near the trail. Our list includes everything from lodging to places to eat, resupply locations and much more. The list below does include contact information, but because phone numbers, website links and email addresses often change, we cannot guarantee our information is up-to-date. The Benton MacKaye Trail Association is constantly working to identify businesses and services along or near the trail that may enhance your hike experience.

As you plan your thru-hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail please consider doing the following:

  • Obtain the Benton MacKaye Trail Thru-Hikers Guide, 2020-21 Edition by SGT Rock & Kanga, available at the Benton MacKaye Trail Store.
  • Sign Up for Benton MacKaye Trail News, Updates and Announces.
  • Join the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Membership Information Here.
  • Volunteer on a Trail Work Day. Volunteer Information Here.
  • Check for the latest trail conditions Here.
  • Contact in advance, each business you plan to rely on during a hike and be aware that some businesses are seasonal while others have limited off-peak hours of operation.
  • Be sure to confirm necessary details such as shipping address, operating hours, services and supplies available as well as the payment methods accepted.
  • So that future hikers also will be welcome, show your appreciation and be polite and respectful toward these service providers.
  • To help us keep our information up-to-date, please contact us with any corrections, additions or suggestions.
  • Mail Drops 

    Mail drop packages should have the hiker’s name and “Please hold for BMT Hiker” written clearly on the package. Many establishments will ask you to write your estimated date of arrival on the package as well. You should be prepared to show a picture ID to claim the “drop boxes”. For complete details on mailing packages for resupply, see page 11 in the Benton MacKaye Trail Thru-Hikers’ Guide, 2020-21 Edition by SGT Rock & Kanga available at the Benton MacKaye Trail Store.

    The Pacific Crest Trail Association has excellent information on planning for resupply – see link below.

    Pacific Crest Trail Association resupply recommendations 

    Note:

    • Mileages are given from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain and assume northbound travel, toward Big Creek. References to “right” or “left” at crossroads use this convention.
    • Use caution when traveling by foot along any developed road.
    • Mileages are from the 2017 Benton MacKaye Trail Data Book available in our Trail Store. You can hike with the Data Book and the information on this page, or you can get the BMT Thru-Hikers’ Guide that has this information listed and also is available through the Benton MacKaye Trail Store.
      When two or more access points are listed for the same resource, the preferred one is asterisked (*). Ex: The Coker Creek Welcome Center and Post Office can be accessed at mile 123.6 (via TN Hwy 68) or at mile 128.3 (via the Unicoi Turnpike Trail and / or Joe Brown Hwy). The mile 128.3 access point is preferred because it is closer (and downhill!). Consequently, it is asterisked.
    • LT = Long Term supplier
    • ST = Short Term supplier
  • Services at Mile 18.5, Georgia Hwy 60, Skeenah Creek 

    Campground with rooms

    Skeenah Creek Campground 

    20 Skeenah Gap Road, Suches, GA 30572

    (706) 838-5500

    Email:  acamping@etcmail.com

    Directions:  Turn left on Hwy 60 (southbounders turn right) and walk 0.5 mile
    Services:  Camping, rooms, hot showers, laundry, vending machine and phone. Please contact them directly for current rates. They do not accept credit cards.

    Facebook at Skeenah Creek Campground

  • Services at Mile 37.5, Shallowford Bridge at Aska Road 

    Restaurant

    Iron Bridge Café and General Store
    8436 Aska Road, Blue Ridge, GA. 30513

    (706) 632-4700

    Email:  IronBridgeCafe@gmail.com

    Directions:  Located on the BMT. The store is across from the Shallowford Bridge on Aska Road at mile 37.5 from the Springer Mountain trailhead.

    Services:  The café, serves breakfast and lunch. It is open Tuesday through Thursday (8 AM — 6 PM), Friday and Saturday (8 AM — 7 PM) and Sunday (8 AM — 3 PM).

  • Services at Mile 46.6, Weaver Creek Road 

    Bed and Breakfast

    Aska Lodge B&B

    178 Calen Drive, Blue Ridge Georgia 30513

    (706) 632-0178 / Text: (352) 201-6966

    Directions:  2.9 East on Weaver Creek Road

    Services:  Owners/Innkeepers Janet Clemons and Ric Altman (who are hikers themselves) are ready to welcome you to the North Georgia Mountains. Check website for rates. Stay includes breakfast. Call in advance to book. Mail drops are accepted for hikers staying overnight and shuttle to town for resupply. No pets and no smoking.

  • Services at Mile 49.6 Appalachian Highway, Hwy 76, GA 2, 5 and 515 

    Various services in Blue Ridge, GA (4.5 miles to right) A small town that has most things a hiker may need. The two “outfitters” in town are clothing stores.

    US Post Office
    273 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (800) 275-8777
    Hours:  Monday  — Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday 9 AM — 12 PM

    Medical Care
    Fannin Regional Hospital
    2855 Old Highway 5, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (706) 632-3711
    Directions:  North 5.0 miles on Hwy76, turn left on West 1st Street and go 5.1 miles.

    Lodging
    Americas Best Value Inn
    4970 Highway 515, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.
    (706) 632-2100
    No pets.

    Comfort Inn 
    83 Blue Ridge Overlook, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (706) 946-3333

    Douglas Inn and Suites 
    1192 Windy Ridge Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (706) 258-3600

    Restaurants

    Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta 
    Located in Hampton Square
    11 Mountain Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
    Tuesday thru Thursday 11:30 AM – 8 PM
    Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM — 9 PM
    Sunday 12-7 PM
    Closed Mondays
    Hiker’s Favorite – Benton MacKaye Trail Association Business Member
     

    The Black Sheep 
    Fine Dining — Located in the Historic Butt House, Circa 1914, in Downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia.
    480 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA
    (706) 946-3663
    brandon@blacksheepblueridge.com
    Benton MacKaye Trail Association Business Member

    Village Restaurant 
    4131 East 1st St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    All-You-Can-Eat Country Cooking

    Blue Ridge, GA has numerous other restaurants including McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Waffle House, Zaxby’s, Subway, Burger King, Trailer Drive In, German Bakery, Italian Market, Blue Smoke Barbecue, China 1, Mesquite Restaurant, Wendy’s, Waffle King, Pizza Hut and Monte Alban Mexican Restaurant.

    Groceries

    Save-A-Lot Foods
    2672 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (706) 632-2201
    L T resupply. 8 AM – 9 PM Daily

    Food Lion
    4295 Old Hwy76, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (706) 258-2223
    L T resupply
    7 AM -11 PM Daily

    Ingles Markets
    5679 Appalachian Hwy, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (706) 632-8060
    Departments: Ingles Gas Express · Ingles Pharmacy · Redbox · Starbucks · United Community Bank · Western Union
    Hours:  Closes 11PM

    Walmart Supercenter
    97 Commerce Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    Phone: (706) 632-9500
    Bakery · Deli · Garden Center · Pharmacy · Photo Center · Vision & Glasses · MoneyGram · Redbox · Grocery
    Hours:  Open 24 hours

    Pharmacy
    CVS
    30 Orivin Lance Connector, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (706) 632-8097
    8 AM – 10 PM daily

    Fannin Drugs
    2680 East First Street # 107, Blue Ridge Georgia 30513 GA
    (706) 632-3784

    Walmart Pharmacy
    97 Commerce Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    (706) 761-0191

    Directions: Where BMT emerges from forest and turns left onto an old roadbed, leave BMT by turning right onto Weaver Creek Road and go 3.7 miles to first stop sign (a T-intersection with Aska Road). Turn left (north) and follow Aska Road 1.0 mile to dead-end stop sign on East 1st Street. Turn left and go 0.25 mile, passing Ace Hardware Store. Turn right onto Access Road at three-way stop sign and find grocery store on right.

  • Services at 49.6 Miles: Appalachian Highway, Hwy 76, GA 2, 5 and 515 -- Various services in Cherry Log, GA 

    Gas Station and convenience store

    Restaurant

    Pink Pig 
    824 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log, GA 30522
    (706) 276-3311
    Directions: Turn left (southbounders turn right) and proceed south on 4-lane divided Hwy 515/76 a distance of 1.9 miles to access ramp on the left. (Pass Cherry Log Street at 1.1 mile; ramp is next paved road.) Proceed 300 feet down ramp to road intersection. For Pink Pig, turn left and go 0.1 mile.
    Open Thursday thru Sunday 11 AM – 9 PM

    Groceries

    L&A Corner Grocery Store
    (706) 635-8851
    Directions: (2.1 miles to left), across the street from Pink Pig.
    Monday — Saturday 6 AM – 6 PM. Good Grill! Friendly owners.
    ST resupply possible

    Post Office, Cherry Log, GA (2.4 miles to left)
    300 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log, GA 30522
    (706) 635-2705
    Counter service Monday -Friday, 7:30 AM — 4:30 PM and Saturday 7:30 AM — 11:30 AM

    Directions: Follow instructions to last road intersection for Pink Pig, above. For Post Office, turn right and go 0.4 mi to PO on left.

  • Services at Mile 91.7, US Hwy 64, Thunder Rock Campground/Ocoee Powerhouse #3 

    Camping

    Thunder Rock Campground 
    Camping and bathhouse, locked November to March and comfort stations. Walk-in campground with tent pads, fire rings and picnic tables. Pay fee per night.

    Olympic Whitewater Center
    4400 Hwy. 64, Copperhill, TN 37317.
    (877) 692-6050
    This is the site of the 1996 Olympic Kayak competition.
    Directions: Turn right on Hwy 64 (southbounders turn left) and walk 1.1 mile to Whitewater Center on right.
    Services: Pay phone, water, soda and vending machines. May be easier to find a ride from here. Closed in winter.

    Ducktown, TN — Directions: 7.6 E on Hwy 64

    US Post Office. (423) 496-5467.
    1656 Highway 68 Ducktown, TN 37326.
    9 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday, 830 AM-12 PM Saturday.

    Lodging and Shuttle
    Ducktown Copper Inn 
    178 5 Points Drive, Ducktown, TN
    (423) 496-5541
    theducktowncopperinn@gmail.com
    Directions: 7.6 miles east on US 64.
    Services: Lodging and Shuttle, Winter $49 + tax. Spring – Fall, $59 + tax per night. Shuttle to and from the Whitewater Center or Thunder Rock Campground for guests. Hiker box on site. Accepts mail drops sent to 178 5 Points Drive, Copper Hill, TN 37317. Pets accepted for $10 per pet.
    Benton MacKaye Trail Association Business Member

    Lodging

    Ocoee River Inn 
    5082 Hwy 64 Ducktown, TN 37326
    (877) 546-2633 5082
    Hwy 64, Ducktown, TN 37326.
    Pet Friendly. Recently remodeled.

    Pharmacy

    Kimsey Pharmacy
    125 Five Points Drive, Ducktown, TN 37326
    (423) 496-5831

    General Retail Stores
    Dollar General
    5084 Hwy 64 Ducktown, TN 37326
    (423) 496-5009
    8 AM – 10 PM Daily

    Family Dollar
    (423) 496-5117
    125 Five Points Drive, Ducktown, TN 37326
    Daily 10 AM — 8 PM.

    Groceries
    IGA
    23 Toccoa Avenue, McCaysville, GA 30555
    (706) 492-3222
    3.5 miles south from Ducktown on TN68.
    Monday — Saturday 7 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 8 AM — 9 PM

    Camping, shuttles, small store
    Raft1 
    4599 Highway 64 West, Ducktown, TN
    (888) 723-8663
    brent@raft1.com or ordusty@raft1.com
    Services: Whitewater rafting company that also services bike riders and hikers. Dusty and Brent offer rafting trips and shuttles to and from Thunder Rock Campground during their season. Tent sites with showers and a small store with snacks and some food. Pet friendly. Mid-March — May and September — December. Open weekends, variable hours. Call ahead. Memorial Day — Labor Day open seven days a week 8 AM — 7 PM. May accept mail drops if you arrange ahead of time at PO Box 80722, Chattanooga, TN 37414.

  • Services at Mile 109.3, Hwy 30 at Hiwassee River Bridge 

    Outfitter, Rafting and Store
    Webb Brothers Store & Float Service (On BMT)
    Box 61, Reliance, TN 37369.
    (423) 338-2373
    info@WebbBros.com
    Open March thru October. Business peaks on weekends, especially warm weather holidays. Directions: Where turning Right (left for southbounders) at TN Hwy 30 on south side of the bridge over the Hiwassee River, walk a few paces into the store. Services: Small store, snacks, sodas, phone land line, electrical outlet. Mail Drop to store.

    Hiwassee Whitewater and Flip Flop Burgers 
    179 Tellico-Reliance Road, Reliance, Tennessee 37369
    (423) 338-4987, Bryan Mayhew, Owner
    bmellow4vr@gmail.com
    Directions:  (north side of bridge over Hiwassee River)
    Services: Food, burgers and beer / bunkhouse and showers
    Benton MacKaye Trail Association Business Member

    Outfitter: Clothes and Gear
    Starr Mountain Outfitters, is 12.8 miles from Hiwassee River Bridge
    601 Tennessee Avenue, Etowah, TN 37331
    (423) 781-7695
    Services: Carries backpacks, fuel, hiking clothes, boots and shoes, hammocks, etc.
    Benton MacKaye Trail Association Business Member

  • Services at Mile 110.0, Childers Creek Trailhead. 

    Store, Deli, Cabins, Campsite

    Reliance Fly and Tackle
    588 Childers Creek Road, Reliance, TN 37369
    Phone: (423) 338-7771
    Services: Cabin, in season weekday $75 / weekend $100. Out of season price varies. Campsite $25 with utilities / primitive $15. Showers available w/overnight stay. Short term resupply, deli food, restrooms, and mail drop with stay. Call ahead.
    Directions: 0.6 West on Childers Creek Road.

  • Services at Mile 130.1, Unicoi Gap on TN/NC State Line 

    Post Office, Mail Drops, Gift Shop
    Coker Creek Welcome Center and Post Office (3.0 miles to left).
    12197 New Hwy 68, Coker Creek, TN 37314.
    (423) 261-2286
    Email: info@cokercreek.org
    Directions: Turn left (southbounders turn right) and follow gravel Joe Brown Hwy to intersection of TN Hwy 68. Visitor center is on corner.
    Services: Call to hold mail drops. Gift shop with very limited snacks, soda machine and pay phone.

    Food (in season) & shuttle services
    Bill’s Pit Stop of Coker Creek
    12150 New Hwy 68, Coker Creek, TN 37385
    (423) 261-2211
    Email: billspitstop117@aol.com

    Lodging

    Coker Creek Village
    12528 Highway 68 / P.O. Box 96, Coker Creek, TN 37314
    (423) 261-2310 Toll Free: (800) 448-9580
    Email: info@cokercreekvillage.com
    Directions: 1.1 miles from Welcome Center
    Services: Cabin Rentals.
    Lodging and Store

    Green Cove Store & Lodge
    2870 River Road, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423)-253-2069 or (423) 252-4014
    Email: greencove@gmail.com
    Directions: follow Tellico River Rd 1.3 miles to Green Cove Motel.
    Services: 27-riverfront rooms, in the middle of the Cherokee National Forest alongside the Tellico River. Green Cove Lodge and Store is geared for the outdoor enthusiast. Prices begin at $69. Fire-pits, grills, and gathering areas on property. No Pets Allowed. No Smoking. No Wi-Fi. Call to hold mail drops. Limited groceries and supplies, pay phone, microwave meals and soda machines. Possible shuttle to and from Tellico Plains, TN.

    Note: This area does not have cell service and there is no phone service at the Fish Hatchery. There is a pay phone at Green Cove Store and Lodge.

    Tellico Plains active hikers, Rick and Brenda Harris are willing to shuttle thru-hikers to and from Tellico River Road/BMT crossing to Tellico Plains or to other nearby sites. Rick is on the Board of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association and serves as TN Maintenance Director. He knows the trail conditions well.
    (423) 253-6358 or (513) 260-1184
    Email: HarrisRi@aol.com

    Tellico Plains is 22.9 West on TN 165/Cherohala Skyway or 19.8 West on Tellico River Road.
    This officially designated “Trail Town” has most services a hiker would want.

    Post Office / Mail Drops

    US Post Office
    171 Bank Street, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 253-2218
    Hours:  8:30 AM – 4 PM Monday-Friday, Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM

    Tellico Plains Public Library
    209 Highway 165, Tellico Plains, TN 37385.
    (423) 253-6274
    Hours:  Monday 10 AM –7 PM, Tuesday — Friday 10 AM –5 PM, Saturday: 10 AM –2 PM.
    Internet access available. www.tellicolibrary.org/

    Lodging

    The Lodge at Tellico
    9436 Highway 68, Tellico Plains, TN 37385.
    (423) 253-2506.
    Rooms $99 and up. Shuttle possible. Please arrange ahead of your visit — only available 8 AM –8 PM Laundry service available.

    Restaurants

    Tellicafé
    128 Bank Street, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 253-2880
    Email: rich@tellicafe.com
    Monday — Thursday: 11AM – 8 PM
    Friday and Saturday: 11 AM – 9 PM
    Sunday: 11 AM – 8 PM

    Iron Works Grille on the Tellico River
    1641 Cherohala Skyway (Hwy 165), Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 253-2373
    Email: dmorris360@gmail.com
    Hours:  Wednesday — Sunday, 11 AM to 9 PM

    Tellico Kats Deli & Cafe on the River
    1829 Cherohala Skyway, Tellico Plains TN 37385
    (423) 253-3411
    Email:  tellicokats@hotmail.com
    7 AM – 4 PM Daily, Closed Tuesdays
    (April 1 thru October 31)
    7 AM – 4 PM Daily, Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    (November 1 thru March 31)

    Buckets and Brews at the Outpost Pavilion at Tellico Plains
    123 Main Street, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 333-6305
    Hours:  Closes 7:30 PM

    Pharmacy

    CVS Pharmacy
    9170 Tennessee 68, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 253-2823.
    Monday — Saturday 8 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 10 AM — 6 PM

    Grocery

    Save-A-Lot Grocery
    9170 Hwy 68, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 253-3020
    Daily 9 AM – 9 PM
    LT Resupply

    Dollar General
    9170 New Highway 68 # B, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 253-3977

    Exxon Market
    450 Cherohala Skyway, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 253-6200
    Monday — Saturday 5 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 6 AM – 8 PM
    ST resupply and meals

    BP Minimart
    141 Bank Street, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
    (423) 253-3303
    ST resupply and meals.

    Other:

    Papa’s Pizza to Go

    Subway

    Tellico Beach Drive-in

    Tellico Grains Bakery

  • Services at Mile 180.3 Tapoco Lodge

    Food and Lodging

    Tapoco Lodge 
    149 Tapoco Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
    (828) 498-2800
    Email: info@tapocolodge.com
    The Benton MacKaye Trail passes through the lodge property. Tapoco Lodge and Tavern are popular with hikers because of their amazing service, great food and especially their cold beer and pizza. Open March 1 to December 31. Inquire about room rates. Accepts mail drops if you have a reservation.

  • Services at Mile 190.1 Side trail to Fontana Village Resort 

    Lodging

    Fontana Village Resort

    POST OFFICE

    The Internet Kiosk in the Fontana Lodge, used for making reservations for camping sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is now available.

    Post Office OPEN!
    50 Fontana Road, Fontana Dam, NC ZIP 28733
    (828) 498-2315
    Monday – Friday 11:45 AM — 3:45 PM.

    Mail Drops: Send packages to the Front Desk at Fontana Village. Mark on the package: “Hold for Thru Hiker” as well as your anticipated arrival date. There may be a charge for this service … call (800) 849-2258 for details.

    Fontana General Store and Hazel Creek Outfitter (828) 498-2211. CLOSED!

    Coin laundry next to store. CLOSED!

    Hellbender Pit Stop. (828) 498-2211 OPEN and is stocking resupply items.

    The Marina will remain OPEN during the summer with limited services.

  • Services at Mile 192.3 Fontana Marina

    The Hike Inn 
    3204 Fontana Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733
    (828) 479-3677
    hikeinn@graham.main.nc.us
    Open February 15 to July 10 and September 1 to December 1. Other dates by reservation only. A hikers-only inn. Thru-hikers, call from Toccoa for reservations. Five rooms with max of two per room. No credit cards. Thru-hikers (check in by 4 PM, check-out 9 AM — firm), $60 S, $75 D. Rate includes shuttle to and from dam, one load of laundry. Evening shuttle to Robbinsville at 5 PM for dinner and supplies. Shuttles to / from points on the BMT extra. Call for rates. Section-hikers, $40 S / D (room only). Packages accepted c/o Hike Inn. Mail service $20 for non-guest. Shuttles, slack-pack, all fuels (canister included). Internet access available. Hike Inn: 6.0 miles east of the AT crossing at NC 28.

  • Services at Mile 195.8 Entering Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park requires a permit and advance reservations for all backcountry camping in the park. Before planning your backcountry trip, please read through this important information about reservations and permits, regulations, bear safety, trail closures, and more Learn more.

  • Services at Mile 229.5, Noland Creek Trailhead, Fontana Road 

    Bryson City, NC — 7.8 East. This is a hard hitch due to low traffic. Bryson City, NC is a bit out of the way for the BMT hiker but it is a resupply option if needed. Bryson City even offers a full service outfitter outside the city.
    Services: groceries, lodging, gear, laundry, library, meals, post office.

    Post Office
    130 Slope Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
    Phone: (828) 488-3481
    830 AM — 5 PM Monday — Friday 10 AM — 12 PM Saturday

  • Services at Mile 254.7, US 441, Smokemont Campground 

    Various services in Cherokee, NC (6 miles to right on US Hwy 441).

    Notes: Cherokee, NC, is a town of moderate size with most services needed by long-distance hikers. Directions:  Turn right (southbounders turn left) and find Cherokee six miles straight ahead on US Hwy 441.
    Services:  Post Office, hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, laundry

    Post Office

    US Post Office
    671 Tsali BLVD
    Cherokee, NC 28719
    Phone: (828) 497-3891

  • Services at Mile 286.2, (TN Hwy 32/NC 284), Davenport Gap, AT Intersection, BMT Northern Terminus 

    Standing Bear Farm Hikers’ Hostel 
    4255 Green Corner Road, Hartford, TN 37753
    (423) 487-0014 or (423) 608-0149 (cell)
    Email: standingbearian@gmail.com

    Directions: From Davenport Gap and junction with the Appalachian Trail, continue North on AT for three miles until junction with Green Corner Road and small creek. Turn left and go 100 yards. We’re on the right. Note: Some maps label Green Corner Road as Waterville School Road. They are one in the same. From I-40 take Exit 451 (do not cross Pigeon River). Continue through stop sign and interstate underpass. Green Corner Road. Graveled roadbed begins after underpass. We are one mile up on the right (first house) From I-40 West, take Exit 451, and turn right onto Green Corner Road.

    Services: Lodging, (Bunk House $25 per person with $5 discount for those willing to do a few chores) See website for other lodging options) Shuttle, Kenneling, Resupply, Mail-drops as well as hammock and tent camping.

THRU HIKERS GUIDE

Wilderness Areas

On your hike along the Benton MacKaye Trail you will touch six wilderness areas including: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is managed as a wilderness area. You will skirt the Rich Mountain Wilderness in GA.

The Cohutta Wilderness straddles the state line between Tennessee and Georgia. That means the wilderness also straddles the line between the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest and the Cherokee National Forest with about 35,284 acres in Georgia and about 1,746 acres in Tennessee.

The Big Frog Wilderness is an 8,132-acre parcel with about 136 acres in Georgia and approximately 7,996 acres in Tennessee.

The Little Frog Mountain Wilderness, now covered in second-growth forest, encompasses a horseshoe-shaped valley, Pressley Cove. It is formed by Little Frog Mountain on the southeast and Dry Pond Lead on the northwest. Panoramic views are the main attraction atop Sassafras Knob near the northern boundary. The knob is the highest point in the area at 3,322 feet. The terrain bottoms out at approximately 1,200 feet near the Ocoee River, which flows just outside the southern boundary.

The Upper Bald River Wilderness was designated as wilderness in 2018 and it now has a total of 9,038 acres. The Upper Bald River Wilderness is bordered by the Bald River Gorge Wilderness to the north.

The Citico Creek Wilderness is a 16,226-acre wilderness area within the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee. The wilderness contains the entire upper drainage of Citico Creek, which consists of the north and south forks and at least eight tributaries.

The Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, created in 1975, covers 17,394 acres in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina and the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee, in the watersheds of the Slickrock and Little Santeetlah Creeks. It is named after Joyce Kilmer, author of “Trees.”

Vital Trail Information

  • Trail Length:

    Current official length is 287.6.

  • Trail Type

    The BMT is a backcountry hiking trail. Nearly half the route is on land managed as Wilderness by both the NPS and the USFS

  • Trail Elevation

    Ascent: 54,682′
    Descent: -56,808′
    High: 5,779′
    Low: 755′
    Grade: Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
    Max Grade: 22% (13°)

    Lowest: 765 feet at crossing of the Hiwassee River in Reliance, TN.
    Highest: 5843 feet at summit of Mt. Sterling in the Smokies.

  • Dog Leash Policy

    Leashed dogs allowed except no dogs allowed in GSMNP.

  • The Blaze

    The official blaze is a white diamond, 5″ across by 7″ tall. (None permitted in Wilderness.)

  • Resupply Points

    For long-distance hikers, see Thru Hikers Guide and Resupply Strategy page.

    Trailheads and Access Points: 16 in Georgia, 24 in Tennessee / North Carolina, and five in the Smokies. See Trail Heads and Access Points for a detailed listing.

  • Shelters

    Two on the trail: one at mile 50.3 and the other at mile 273.8, northbound.

  • Permits Required

    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park requires a permit and advance reservations for all backcountry camping in the park. Before planning your backcountry trip, please read through this important information about reservations and permits, regulations, bear safety, trail closures and more Learn more.

  • Degree of Difficulty

    The BMT is chartered to travel the high ridge so difficulty is similar to that of the AT — ‘strenuous’.

  • Water availability

    Generally, not a problem in the Appalachians, though there are a few stretches where water is limited. One stream (at the southern crossing of Georgia Hwy 60, mile 17.9) is not potable.

  • Permitted Uses

    While the BMT is a hiking trail, some segments are routed on local trails with pre-existing horse or bicycle use permitted.

  • Weather

    The BMT is generally open year-round, but hikers should be prepared for extreme weather, especially in the higher elevations.

  • Total Road Walks

    Over the entire trail, approximately 15 miles of road walking combined.

  • Major Intersecting Trails

    The Benton MacKaye Trail intersects the Appalachian Trail at miles 0.0, 3.8, 5.9, 200.1, and 287.6; the Pinhoti (Georgia) at 69.4; and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at 241.5 and 249.5.

  • Deep Water Fords?

    Several creek crossings but no deep-water fords.

  • Crowds

    Known as a trail where hikers can enjoy mile after mile of peaceful solitude, crowds are not a problem. The BMTA has identified an ‘abundance of shelters’ as the primary cause for trail overcrowding and has resolved to honor its charter to keep the BMT as a ‘primitive’ trail by not adding to the number of existing shelters.

    Check for the latest trail conditions HERE.

Hikers on way Bob Bald

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Rich Mountain Wilderness.

For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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Backcountry Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Permits Required

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park requires a permit and advance reservations for all backcountry camping in the park. Before planning your backcountry trip, please read through this important information about reservations and permits, regulations, bear safety, trail closures, and more Learn more.

Shuttle Services

Benton MacKaye Trail Shuttle Services (Generally South to North with overlaps) Call, text or Email shuttle service providers for quotes and scheduling.

Contact information, websites and email addresses often change as does the businesses service days, hours and services provided. Therefore, we cannot guarantee our information is up-to-date. Always contact the service provider ahead of time. Please let us know of any corrections, edits or suggestions EMAIL US.

Mountain Crossing at Neels Gap

Mountain Crossing at Neels Gap
9710 Gainesville Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 745-6095
Open 7 days a week and does trail shuttles in north Georgia area.

Survivor Dave’s Trail Shuttle

Survivor Dave’s Trail Shuttle
(678) 469-0978
AT & BMT shuttle service to / from Atlanta and North Springs MARTA station to Amicalola Falls State Park, Springer Mountain (AT & BMT) as far north as Blue Ridge, GA.

Dick Anderson

Dick Anderson
Ellijay, GA
Hiker Shuttles from Atlanta to the BMT, including Springer Mountain, Cohuttas and all BMT points in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina up to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Richardjanderson@etcmail.com
(706) 276-2520 home, (404) 408-2524 cell

 

Ron's Shuttle Service

Ron’s Shuttle Service
Ron Brown, Ellijay, GA
Serving Georgia section and some of Tennessee.
Hikershuttles@outlook.com
(706) 669-0919 (cell), (706) 636-2825

 

Jeff Moon

Jeff Moon
Shuttles to trail in all of Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina as far north as Fontana Dam.
Dogs welcome — if notified in advance.
ripplerider8@aol.com
(706) 994-2307
Due to poor cell service area, please text if phone call does not go through.

 

Ducktown Copper Inn

Ducktown Copper Inn
Jerry and Marsha Hauck
178 5 Points Drive, Copperhill, TN 37317
theducktowncopperinn@gmail.com
(423) 496-5541
Free ride to and from the Whitewater Center or Thunder Rock Campground with overnight stay at the Inn.

 

Bill Schaaf

Bill Schaaf
Coker Creek, TN
Provides shuttles to BMT trail access points between Thunder Rock Campground (US 64), TN, and Fontana Dam, NC.
billspitstop117@aol.com
(423) 261-2211

 

Rick and Brenda Harris

Tellico Plains’ active hikers, Rick and Brenda Harris are willing to shuttle thru-hikers to and from Tellico River Road / BMT crossing to Tellico Plains or other nearby sites. Rick is on the Board of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association and serves as Tennessee / North Carolina Maintenance Director. He knows the trail conditions very well.
(423) 253-6358 or (513) 260-1184
Email: HarrisRi@aol.com

 

Jim and Margret DeBernardi

Jim and Margret DeBernardi will shuttle from North Georgia to the southern end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and east to west from Graham County, NC to Athens, TN. They are outfitters and will carry a trunk full of regular and necessary gear for hikers. Shuttles are available year round and they offer guided hikes beginning in May. The DeBernardis will shuttle companion dogs and offer resupply services along the trail as well.
downstreamliving@gmail.com
(423) 333-6350 Call for quote.

 

Outpost Outfitters and Livery

Outpost Outfitters and Livery
123 Main Street Tellico Plains, TN
downstreamliving@gmail.com
(423) 333-6305, (423) 253-2322
Serves all of Southeast Tennessee and Southwest NC as well as Northwest Georgia.

 

The Hike Inn

The Hike Inn
Tom “High Loon” Barrett and Nancy Hoch
3204 Fontana Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733
hikeinn@graham.main.nc.us
(828) 479-3677
Free shuttle to and from Fontana Dam with overnight stay; inquire about others.

 

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods
Mostly shuttles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area. Limited shuttles south of Fontana Dam.
info@awalkinthewoods.com
(865) 436-8283

 

Gene Roll

Gene Roll
(423) 653-7417
Happy to shuttle in the Georgia area. Will consider other locations farther out.

 

Standing Bear Farm (hostel & resupply) Located at Davenport Gap

Standing Bear Farm (hostel & resupply) Located at Davenport Gap
4255 Green Corner Road (Waterville School Road), Hartford, TN 37753
standingbearian@gmail.com
(423) 487-0014 (shuttle calls)
$10 shuttle fee to and from the trail with overnight stay. Inquire about others.
Access: BMT Northern terminus @ Big Creek Ranger Station or AT Davenport Gap @ TN Hwy 32 / NC 284

 

 

Mountain Transport LLC.

Mountain Transport LLC.
mountaintransportllc@yahoo.com
(706) 851-9465
P.O. Box33, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

 

Scott Barker

Scott Barker
(423) 496-7853
barkerws@etcmail.com
Former Forest Service employee in the Copperhill area who may provide shuttles if he is available. Best to arrange ahead of time – there is also the possibility of a campsite at his place near town. Also available as a guide in the area for hikers and hunters. In emergency situations will do what he can to help out.

 

Raft1

Raft1
Camping, shuttles, small store
4599 Highway 64 West, Ducktown, TN
brent@raft1.com or ordusty@raft1.com
(888) 723-8663
Whitewater rafting company that also services bike riders and hikers. Dusty and Brent offer rafting trips and shuttles to and from Thunder Rock during their season.

 

Other shuttle sources

In addition to the shuttle providers listed above, there are others listed on the GATC website who operate in the same general area.  See: https://georgia-atclub.org/hike-the-a-t/hike-the-georgia-appalachian-trail/directions-shuttles-parking

300 Milers

  • Completed-Hikes of the BMT and the 500-Mile BMT / AT Loop to Date
    Hiker Trail Name Hail From Started Finished Direction Type
    Kevin Hessler Welchs Asheville, NC 11/07/2005 11/30/2005 Northbound Thru-hike
    Stuart D. Tauber Silverwing Asheville, NC 04/10/2006 05/10/2006 Northbound Thru-hike
    Joanna Cahill Trickster Fairview, NC 12/18/2008 01/11/2009 Northbound Thru-hike
    Susan Turner Hammock Hanger Jacksonville, FL May 2005 May 2009 Northbound Section Hike
    John Beaudet Bodacious Flag Pond, TN 04/07/2010 04/22/2010 Southbound Thru-hike
    Keith Mertz Frosty Maryville, TN May 2007 04/30/2010 Mixed Section Hike
    Connie Tatgenhorst Knoxville, TN 01/02/2008 04/30/2010 Mixed Section Hike
    Pamela Reddoch Tennessee Girl Knoxville, TN 01/08/2008 04/30/2010 Mixed Section Hike
    Bob Ruby Flying Eagle Sandy Springs, GA 01/02/2005 06/27/2010 Mixed Section Hike
    Jonathan Olsen Chef Vicksburg, MS 05/05/2010 05/29/2010 Northbound Thru-hike
    Marcy Thomas Grasshopper Blairsville, GA 05/29/2010
    05/26/2010
    06/13/2010
    06/22/2010
    Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-Hike
    Dave Thomas Brakeman Blairsville, GA 05/29/2010
    05/26/2010
    06/13/2010
    06/22/2010
    Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-Hike
    Jane Fredrickson Weaverville, NC 05/26/2010 06/23/2010 Northbound Thru-hike
    Robert Reese Weaverville, NC 05/26/2010 06/23/2010 Northbound Thru-hike
    Obie Reynolds Leaky Foot Warner Robins, GA 05/15/1998 04/10/2010 BMT/AT Loop Section Hike
    Regina Reiter MssngLnk Decatur, GA 06/08/2009
    10/11/2009
    04/06/2010
    12/29/2012
    07/11/2009
    11/01/2009
    04/26/2010
    01/25/2013
    Southbound
    Southbound
    Northbound
    Southbound
    Thru-hike
    Thru-hike
    Thru-hike
    Thru-hike
    Donna Dean Stambler Nashville, TN 10/29/2010 11/17/2010 Northbound Thru-hike
    Coley Epperson Canton, GA Oct. 2006 Feb. 2011 Northbound Section Hike
    Tom Bradford 10-K Erwin, TN 04/11/2011 04/23/2011 Northbound Thru-hike
    Marcus Branch Little Engine Clinton, NC 04/11/2011 05/07/2011 Northbound Thru-hike
    Christine Herpfer Buttons New York 03/27/2011 04/26/2011 Northbound Thru-hike
    Marty Trepanowski Magnet Warren, PA 03/27/2011 04/26/2011 Northbound Thru-hike
    Travis Crouch Solo Cherry Log, GA 06/01/2007
    Dec. 2005
    06/20/2007
    06/20/2007
    Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Section Hike
    Erin Boone Weaverville, NC 06/12/2011 07/10/2011 Northbound Thru-hike
    Tyler Boone Weaverville, NC 06/12/2011 07/10/2011 Northbound Thru-hike
    Renèe Wrest Roam Springfield, MO 09/28/2011 10/20/2011 Southbound Thru-hike
    Teri Hanavan Hopper Louisville, KY 10/18/2011 11/20/2011 Southbound Thru-hike
    Larry LaPierre Subman Ellijay, GA 11/04/2011 12/10/2011 Mixed Thru-hike
    Alexis McKenzie So Way Daytona Beach, FL 03/25/2012 04/18/2012 Northbound Thru-hike
    Sarah Aubrey McKenzie Daytona Beach, FL 03/25/2012 04/18/2012 Northbound Thru-hike
    Mike Debowski Pooh Pittsburgh, PA 03/29/2012 04/21/2012 Northbound Thru-hike
    Jan Barlow Pooh-Bear Brimfield, MA 06/24/2012 07/14/2012 Southbound Thru-hike
    Don Davis Zoots Champaign, IL 07/14/2008
    07/14/2008
    05/17/2012
    06/13/2012
    07/26/2008
    06/13/2012
    Mixed
    BMT/AT No. Loop
    BMT/AT So. Loop
    Section Hike
    Thru-hike
    Thru-hike
     Randy R. Bean McCaysville, GA 06/25/2010 09/16/2012 Northbound Section Hike
    J. R. Oliver McDonough, GA 06/25/2010 09/16/2012 Northbound Section Hike
    Simon Peters Hiker Simon Buford, GA 08/16/2012
    April 2004
    09/05/2012
    09/05/2012
    Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Section Hike
    Kurt Grissom Deacon Blues St. Petersburg, FL 09/04/2012 10/02/2012 Northbound Thru-hike
    Gretchen Ionta Hell Yeah St. Petersburg, FL 09/04/2012 10/02/2012 Northbound Thru-hike
    Paul Brame Solo Glastonbury, CT 09/29/2011 09/26/2012 Northbound Section Hike
    Keith C. Truppi Throwline Nashville, TN 11/04/2012 12/09/2012 Southbound Thru-hike
    Joanna Swanson Someday Askov, MN 11/06/2012 12/01/2012 Southbound Thru-hike
    Lindsay Fiskars Cutling Fat Ankle Fiskars 11/06/2012 12/01/2012 Southbound Thru-hike
    Peter Reber Hollywood Rancho Mirage, CA 03/01/2013
    03/17/2012
    03/22/2013
    03/22/2013
    Sobo Flip-flop
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Section Hike
    Robert Berry Muffin Man Fort Worth, TX 02/27/2013 04/01/2013 Southbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike (flip)
    Thru-hike
    Richard Harris Doc Tellico Plains, TN Spring 2009 05/10/2012 Mixed Section Hike
    Richard (Dick) Evans Beowulk Robbinsville, NC 06/01/2009 12/06/2012 Mixed Section Hike
    Paul Molyneaux Venado Whiting, ME 04/04/2013 04/22/2013 Northbound Thru-hike
    Asher Molyneaux Tecolote Whiting, ME 04/04/2013 04/22/2013 Northbound Thru-hike
    Kevin Riedel Greyhound Richmond, VA 03/29/2013 04/09/2013 Northbound Thru-hike
    Doug Riddle Wizard Roswell, GA 05/23/2008
    04/01/2003
    05/29/2013
    05/29/2013
    Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Brett Davis Uncle Daddy Fredricksburg, TX 05/08/2013
    04/17/2013
    05/25/2013
    05/25/2013
    Southbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Andrew Preece Chico Leakey, TX 05/08/2013
    04/17/2013
    05/25/2013
    05/25/2013
    Southbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    David N. Langford Whitewater Lawrenceville, GA 04/18/2013 05/12/2013 Northbound Thru-hike
    Ken LaFlamme Pillgrim Knoxville, TN 01/20/2013 06/05/2013 Mixed Section Hike
    Tonya Echelberger Patch Clearwater, FL 06/03/2013 07/19/2013 Northbound Thru-hike
    Bruce Merwin Left Turn Clearwater, FL 06/03/2013 07/19/2013 Northbound Thru-hike
    Alex Fantauzzo Hrum Franklin Park, IL 06/03/2013 07/19/2013 Northbound Thru-hike
    Don Minton Lilburn, GA 07/21/2013 08/10/2013 Southbound Thru-hike
    Mark Hudson Skeeter Pleasant Valley, NY 03/25/1992
    08/25/2013
    09/15/2013
    09/15/2013
    BMT/AT Loop
    Southbound
    Section Hike
    Thru-hike
    Mark I. Dinges Plantman Salt Point, NY 08/25/2013 09/15/2013 Southbound Thru-hike
    James Meeks Maverick Nashville, TN 03/11/2013 09/02/2013 Northbound Section Hike
    Stan Krajeski Tortuga Virginia Beach, VA 09/16/2013 10/15/2013 Southbound Thru-hike
    Bruce Bowen Sandy Springs, GA 04/02/2011 03/16/2014 Northbound Section Hike
    Luis Bowen Luis The Beast Sandy Springs, GA 04/02/2011 03/16/2014 Northbound Section Hike
    Kevin Sedgwick Special K Beech Mountain, NC 04/01/2006 04/16/2014 Northbound Section Hike
    Jonathan Schwan Chattanooga, TN 05/01/2014 05/24/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    E. J. Allred Bethesda, MD 05/16/2014 06/04/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Craig Smith Jet Lag Brevard, NC 05/19/2014 06/07/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Teresa Tuers Mother Teresa Asheville, NC 05/19/2014 06/07/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Sharon Smith Mama Goose Asheville, NC 05/19/2014 06/07/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Sam Scheffler Shepherd Oak Ridge, TN 05/18/2014 06/08/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Alec Readel Limpy Oak Ridge, TN 05/18/2014 06/08/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Mark Budden Cullowhee, NC 05/12/2014 06/04/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    John Wagaman Cullowhee, NC 05/12/2014 06/04/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Dan McLean LandStar San Antonio, TX 01/16/2014 06/25/2014 Southbound Section Hike
    Guy La Chine Eight-Thirty Macon, GA 06/05/2014 07/01/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Yvonne Entingh Princess Doah Dayton, OH 06/17/2014 07/10/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Teresa Hagart Greer, SC 06/07/2014 06/30/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Jeff Hagart Greer, SC 06/07/2014 06/30/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Andy Boyes Hiker Boy Island Park, NY 04/10/2014 05/05/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Donald Slovensky Great Expectations Pelham, AL 09/26/2011
    09/26/2011
    09/27/2014
    09/27/2014
    Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Michael Natter Dorothy Hoover, AL 09/26/2011
    09/26/2011
    09/27/2014
    09/27/2014
    Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Mark Jones Bug Bait Knoxville, TN 09/28/2014 10/23/2014 Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Teresa Hagart Greer, SC 06/07/2014 06/30/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Jeff Hagart Greer, SC 06/07/2014 06/30/2014 Northbound Thru-hike
    Amy Lauterback Palo Alto, CA 04/08/2015 04/29/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    James Yurchenco Palo Alto, CA 04/08/2015 04/29/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Ted Spetnagel Teddy Bear Smyrna, GA 10/2/2001 11/13/2014 Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Ned Porter Ned Brunswick, ME 04/06/2015 05/04/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Barbara Nash Late Start Bethesda, MD 03/30/2015 04/30/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Jennifer Kelley Sprinkles Syracuse, NY 04/07/2012 05/27/2015 BMT/AT Loop Thru-hike
    Jennifer Kelley Sprinkles Syracuse, NY 05/08/2015 05/27/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Patrick Kennedy NoKey Syracuse, NY 03/31/2012 05/27/2015 BMT/AT Loop Thru-hike
    Patrick Kennedy NoKey Syracuse, NY 05/08/2015 05/27/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Meredith Altland York, PA 05/02/2015 05/21/2015 Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Glenn Collins Laserlegs Lynchburg, VA 05/03/2015 06/19/2015 BMT/AT Loop Thru-hike
    Glenn Collins Laserlegs Lynchburg, VA 05/25/2015 06/19/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Gavin McGimpsey Tamp, FL 06/09/2015 07/02/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Ryan Guess Spam Presque Isle, ME 05/21/2015 06/12/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Dan Sambenedetto Tbone Niceville, FL 05/21/2015 06/12/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Dan Sambenedetto Tbone Niceville, FL 05/24/2015 06/09/2015 BMT/AT Loop Thru-hike
    Josh Granderson Siloam Springs, AR 06/14/2015 07/23/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Elizabeth Granderson Siloam Springs, AR 06/14/2015 07/23/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Samuel Granderson Tree Rat Siloam Springs, AR 06/14/2015 07/23/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Laurel Granderson Llama Siloam Springs, AR 06/14/2015 07/23/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Chloe Granderson Bear Siloam Springs, AR 06/14/2015 07/23/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Noah Granderson Fruit Bat Siloam Springs, AR 06/14/2015 07/23/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Richard Savage Cookeville, TN 09/15/2015 10/11/2015 Northbound Thru-hike
    Ellie Doughty Lady Smatha Maryville, TN 08/04/2004 10/15/2015 Mixed Section Hike
    Rusty Ridling Mc Dorough, Ga 03/28/2015 11/13/2015 Northbound Section Hike
    Louise Lefebvre Tchin-Tchin Sainte-Luce, Quebec, Canada 09/26/2015 11/19/2015 Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Mike McGhee Photon Jasper, GA 09/26/2015 11/19/2015 Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Megan Hensley Critter Knoxville, TN 04/13/2014 01/01/2016 Northbound Section Hike
    Drew Glines Birdman Miami, FL 02/29/2012
    04/13/2014
    01/01/2016
    01/01/2016
    BMT/AT Loop
    Northbound
    Section Hike
    Greg Farmer Fairburn, GA 12/24/1985 12/25/2015 Northbound Section Hike
    Tom Bielecki “45” Alto, MI 9/27/2013 10/30/2013 Northbound Thru-hike
    Doug Maples Motel Man Sevierville, TN June 2007 04/20/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Cullen B. Cole Dustly Gravel Atlanta, GA 04/10/2016 04/24/2016 Southbound Thru-hike
    Cindy Spangler Loon Knoxville, TN 05/01/2014 05/13/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Ramsay Roth Stardust Gatlinburg, TN 03/27/2014 05/13/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Lorinda Garufi Curious George Walland, TN 05/05/2014 05/13/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Phil Antovelli Yooper Knoxville, TN 01/28/2012 06/01/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Wayne Johnson Wunky Charlotte, NC 05/28/2016 06/16/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Debra G. Barton Fireball Heiskeel, TN 05/01/2014 05/12/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Frank March The Diviner Sevierville, TN 03/09/2015 05/23/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Isabel Low Quixote Brooklyn, NY 03/04/2016 03/24/2016 Northbound Thru-hike
    Allen Brackett Tellico Plains TN 08/10/2012 06/25/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Chris Walker Knoxville, TN 03/24/2012 06/26/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Simon Goddard Slims Barbados 04/15/2016 05/01/2016 Northbound Thru-hike
    Gary Merachnik Shiv New Smyrna Beach, FL 03/12/2016 04/10/2016 Northbound Thru-hike
    Elizabeth Dannemiller Tumbleweed New Smyrna Beach, FL 03/12/2016 04/10/2016 Northbound Thru-hike
    Evan Schaeffer Franklin, TN 04/09/2016 05/08/2016 Northbound Thru-hike
    Kirk Eaton OB Covington, GA 06/04/2015 08/31/2016 Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Stephen Foster Roanoke, VA 09/14/2016 10/02/2016 Northbound Thru-hike
    Richard Ryburn Maryville, TN 01/06/2010 04/20/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Ben Pugliese Mclovin Boulder, CO 10/10/2016 11/05/2016 Southbound Thru-hike
    Ellen Morar Knoxville, TN 10/01/2010 09/28/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Kristy Gentry Cox Almond Delano, TN 09/16/2016
    09/16/2016
    10/15/2016
    12/28/2017
    Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Jason Murrell Ocoee, TN 11/05/2016 11/16/2016 Northbound Thru-hike
    Kimberly Windsor Atlanta, GA 05/07/2016 08/28/2016 Mixed Thru-hike
    Duke Windsor Silverspring Atlanta, GA 05/07/2016 08/28/2016 Mixed Thru-hike
    Michael Fermin Rhino Hollywood, FL 10/23/2016 11/13/2016 Northbound Thru-hike
    Peter Victor Gelzinis Palm Bay, FL 12/27/2011 04/06/2017 Northbound Section Hike
    Joan Tomlinson Blue Jay Knoxville, TN 05/01/2011 04/16/2017 Mixed Section Hike
    Lee Mathis Atlanta, GA 11/25/2011 04/16/2017 Northbound Section Hike
    Linda Moore Ghosthiker Tazewell, TN 04/12/2017 05/08/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    Garrett Cole Buster Sidney, NY 09/07/2013 05/15/2016 Mixed Section Hike
    Ronn Raszetnik Wayfinder Largo, FL 03/22/2017 04/12/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    Dennis R Newton Trail Pilgrim Ozark, AL 04/24/2017 06/04/2017 Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Brian Ellis Early Bird Greensboro, NC 06/15/2017 07/05/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    Beth Whitaker Madison, WI 04/19/2017 05/13/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    Christopher Graham Uncle Fool Deska, FL 08/12/2013 05/09/2014 Northbound Section Hike
    Jimmy Carr Wandering1 Charlotte, NC 08/04/2017 10/12/2017 Northbound Section Hike
    Robert Sloan Blue Canton, GA 01/01/2014 09/30/2017 Mixed Section Hike
    Nathan Sires Marietta, GA 06/08/201/ 07/05/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    Andy Cowles Kennesaw, GA 06/08/201/ 07/05/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    Becky Gibson Graven Gal Knoxville, TN 11/05/2014 11/10/2017 Mixed Section Hike
    David Gress Biloxi, MS 05/24/2014
    10/13/2010
    11/19/2017
    11/19/2017
    Southbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    David E.Owens Vancleave, MS 05/24/2014
    10/13/2010
    11/19/2017
    11/19/2017
    Southbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Christine Martens Dormouse Asheville, NC 11/13/2017 12/02/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    John Haffner Dirt Stew Asheville, NC 11/13/2017 12/02/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    Tom Barrett High Loon Newark, OH 10/04/2017
    03/13/2014
    12/04/2017
    12/04/2017
    Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Zach VanderPlate Hurculeas Atlanta, GA 12/07/2017 12/23/2017 Northbound Thru-hike
    Danny Divilly Pittsburgh, PA 02/28/2018 04/03/2018 Southbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-hike
    Steve Toth Steve the Hiker Cleveland, OH 05/01/2018 05/11/2018 Northbound Thru-hike
    J. Andrew Blaher Dragonstick Punta Gorda, FL 06/13/2018 07/15/2018 Northbound Thru-hike
    Cindy Strong Sea Turtle Albany, KY 12/01/2015 12/01/2017 Mixed Section Hike
    Curt Thomas Big Turtle Crossville, TN 12/01/2015 12/01/2017 Mixed Section Hike
    Arthur S. McMillan Bear Bait Greenville, NC 03/10/2018 09/10/2018 Northbound Section Hike
    Sean Kamp P-diddy Asheville, NC 03/20/2018 04/01/2018 Northbound Thru-hike
    Larry Koons Clanton, AL 03/03/2019 05/14/2019 Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Eli Schelin Eli Tallahassee, FL 05/22/2015 05/19/2019 Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section Hike
    Bret Eady Suches Suches, GA 06/23/2019 07/09/2019 Southbound Thru-hike
    Matthew J. Griffith Long Hauler Hubert, NC 06/02/2019 06/24/2019 Southbound Thru-hike
    Joshua McMahon Forestdale , RI 04/07/2018 05/02/2018 Southbound Thru-hike
    Dr. Barbara Schlefman DPM Norcross, GA 09/30/2018 09/02/2019 Mixed Section Hike
    Dana Dragonduek Atlanta, GA 10/13/2018 09/02/2019 Mixed Section Hike
    Sterling Mackert Atlanta, GA 01/20/2019 09/02/2019 Mixed Section Hike
    George Guo Johns Creek, GA 10/14/2018 09/02/2019 Mixed Section Hike
    Scott Dickey Artimus Rockford, TN 09/13/2019
    09/11/2019
    10/05/2019
    10/22/2019
    Mixed
    BMT/AT Loop
    Thru-Hike
    James Parker Steps Santa Rosa Beach, FL 09/24/2019 10/15/2019 Northbound Thru-Hike
    Cindy Cronquist Peaches Athens, TN 09/22/2019 10/20/2019 Mixed Thru-Hike
    Kelly Hornsby Expresso Warner Robins, GA 10/20/2016 10/20/2019 Northbound
    BMT/AT Loop
    Section HIke
    Michael Vassalott Richmond, VA 08/05/2019 08/30/19 Northbound Thru-hike
    Carl Morrison Cardinal Hampton, VA 6/14/2020 7/10/2020 Southbound Thru-Hike
    Marc Greenwald SkyWatcher Cincinnati, Ohio 06/14/2020 07/10/2020 Southbound Thru-Hike
    Craig D. Myers G-Pa LaGrange, GA 6/14/2020 7/10/2020 Southbound Thru-Hike
    Bruce Gunning Papa Roswell, GA 6/26/2020 7/18/2020 Northbound Thru-Hike
    Rikk Lewis Chief Cleveland, TN 6/11/2020 7/18/2020 Mixed Section Hike
    Don McDowell Early Bird Ooltewah, TN 6/22/2020 7/26/2020 Northbound Thru-Hike
    Don McDowell Early Bird  Ooltewah, TN 6/1/2015 7/26/2020 BMT/AT Loop Section Hike
    McDowell Crook Montgomery, AL 3/2/2019 8/23/2020 Northbound Section Hike
    McDowell Crook Montgomery, AL 5/15/1999 6/17/1999 BMT/AT Loop Section Hike

     

  • How to Register Your Thru-Hike

    Walking the entire trail, whether in sections or as a continuous hike, is an accomplishment of which any hiker can be proud. If you’ve hiked all of the Benton MacKaye Trail and would like to have your name listed on this page, please complete the Thru Hiker Registration form online (under the “COMPLETION REPORT & REQUEST FOR LISTING” tab at the end of the 300 Miler section) or download the Thru Hiker Registration Form and submit by mail.

    Note:  BMTA does not certify or affirm any hiking achievement.  Hikers listed on this page have completed, signed and submitted the Thru Hiker Registration Form, which states that they have walked the entire Benton MacKaye.

  • Conventions on Patch and Rocker Arrangement
    • A hiker who finishes walking the entire Benton MacKaye Trail becomes a “300-Miler”.  This designation is independent of speed, duration, direction of travel and all other factors.  Walk the whole trail — become a 300-Miler!
    • Any 300-Miler is entitled to attach the 300-MILER rocker to the BMT patch. (One 300-Miler rocker per trail completion.  Example: Two rockers would mean two full trail completions, roughly 600 miles.)
    • Those accomplishing a Thru-hike on the BMT are entitled to display not only the 300-MILER rocker, but also the THRU-HIKER rocker.  (A “Thru-Hike” is defined as a continuous, end-to-end traverse of the trail with no more than a few days off during the trek.)
  • BMT / AT Loop

    The BMT / AT Loop in this context means the 500+ mile figure-eight formed by the Benton MacKaye Trail and the southern section of the Appalachian Trail between Springer Mountain and the northern BMT terminus at Big Creek, with the BMT / AT connector at the north end of the Smokies being the Chestnut Branch Trail.  References to the North Loop are to the part of the figure-eight north of Sassafras Gap in the Smokies, and references to the South Loop are to the part of the figure-eight between Sassafras Gap and Springer Mountain.  The Chestnut Branch Trail connects the BMT Northern Terminus at Big Creek to the AT.  Anyone who has completed the entire BMT / AT Loop and submitted the Completion Form is entitled to attach the 500-MILER rocker to the BMT patch.

  • Our recognition policy:
    • Gives equal recognition to thru-hikers and section-hikers.
    • Recognizes access trails or officially required road walks as viable substitutes for the official BMT route in the event of an emergency, such as a flood, forest fire, or an impending storm on an exposed, high-elevation stretch.
    • Operates on the honor system.

    Our recognition policy does not consider sequence, direction, speed or whether one carries a pack.

  • Ordering Patches and Rockers

    BMTA provides one complimentary patch as well as one complimentary thru-hike, 300-mile, and 500-mile rocker, as appropriate for the hike completed, for each person who completes the entire Benton MacKaye Trail.  Hikers may display multiple thru-hiker patches — for example, if they complete more than one thru hike, BMTA provides a complimentary patch or rocker only for the first completion of a BMT hike.

    To order your complimentary, first “Thru Hiker”, “300-Miler” or “500-Miler” rocker or subsequent ones you pay for, you must complete and submit the Completion Report & Request for Listing form.

    Additional items can be ordered from the Benton MacKaye Trail Store.

  • Completion Report & Request for Listing

    To order your complimentary patch and / or rocker(s), please complete this form online or, Download the Form:

    Benton MacKaye Trail Association, Inc.
    PO Box 6
    Cherry Log, GA 30522-0006

    If you wish to order additional patches or rockers, please submit your order at the BMTA Store.

    Please consider membership in the BMTA. To join or renew go to Membership.

    Completion Report

    • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
    • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
      Note: A "Thru-Hike" is defined as a continuous, traverse of the entire trail with no more than a few days off.
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Recommended Maps & Guidebooks

  • Benton MacKaye Trail Association is greatly appreciative of the REI: Hiking Project. We have made extensive use of the valuable resource throughout our website. It is excellent for planning, but probably not the best for navigation.
  • The Guthook app for the BMT has very good reviews but it works on an electronic device and we all know they can have their limits.

So, a good compass, excellent maps and guide books are essential. The following maps and guide books are available at the BMTA Trail Store.

 

BMTA sign

Maps

Trails Illustrated #777 – Springer and Cohutta Mountains [Chattahoochee National Forest]  covers the BMT from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, GA, (shared with the Appalachian Trail) to Big Frog Mountain just across state line in Tennessee.

Trails Illustrated #781 – Tellico and Ocoee Rivers [Cherokee National Forest]  covers from Scroggin Knob (mile 44, near Rich Mountain Wilderness in Georgia) all the way to the Smokies (mile 190).

Trails Illustrated #316 – Cades Cove, Elkmont: Great Smoky Mountains National Park  covers the eastern section of the BMT within the National Park from the eastern end of Lakeshore Trail to Big Creek Terminus.

Trails Illustrated #317 – Clingmans Dome, Cataloochee: Great Smoky Mountains National Park  covers the western section of the BMT within the National Park from Fontana Dam to Campsite 63 on Noland Creek.

Trails Illustrated #229 – Great Smoky Mountains National Park (covers the GSMNP in a single, two-sided map).

Trail Guide Series

Each guide gives details of the trail section by section, including trailhead directions, map, elevation guide, tips and more. The guides are essential for hiking the Benton MacKaye Trail.  Each is 4.25″ x 11″, 48 pages, full-color, on heavy duty stock.

Benton MacKaye Trail Guide – Georgia Section

Benton MacKaye Trail Guide – Tennessee/North Carolina Section

Benton MacKaye Trail Guide – Smokies Section

TRAIL SERIES GUIDE
Mountain view

BMT Data Book and Thru-Hikers Guide

BMT Data Book Newly revised for 2017, the BMT Data Book lists distances, elevations, landmarks, roads, campsites and services over the entire 300 miles of the BMT and Approach Trails — including the Yellow Creek Reroute. Pocket-Sized (4″ x 5″) 36 pages on heavy duty stock.

Benton MacKaye Trail Thru-Hikers Guide 2020-21 EDITION The definitive publication for those hiking the entire trail. Sgt. Rock’s Thru-Hikers Guide contains all the info you need to plan your trip and carry out the plan. 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 66 pages on heavy duty stock.

Access Points/Trail Heads

Georgia

At Mile: Location Trail Head Name BMT Section # Linked to REI: Hiking Project Road Name Link 2 Latitude Longitude
1.7 Big Stamp Gap FS 42 Big Stamp Gap 1a-1b FS 42 Blue Ridge Road N34° 38.116 W84° 10.452
5.9 Three Forks Three Forks 1c-2a FS 58 Noontoolah Road 2a-2b N34° 39.795 W84° 11.055
14.3 Toccoa River Toccoa River 2c-2d FS 816 Tooni Gap Rd N34° 44.209 W84°10.029
17.9 GA 60, southern crossing Little Skeenah Creek 2d-3a GA Hwy 60 3a-3c N34° 45.966 W84°9.855
23.5 Skeenah Gap Skeenah Gap 3c-4a Skeenah Gap Rd 4a-4b N34° 48.365 W84° 8.450
28.8 Wilscot Gap (GA Hwy 60, northern crossing) Wilscot Gap 4b-5a GA Hwy 60 5a-5c N34° 48.450 W84° 11.247
34.4 Old Dial Road Old Dial Road 5c-5d Old Dial Rd 5d-6a N34° 47.715 W84° 14.582
36.3 Shallowford Bridge Shallowford Bridge 5d-6a CR 222 Aska Rd N34° 47.032 W84° 15.546
39.8 Falls Branch Falls Fall Branch Falls 6a-6b Stanley Creek Rd 6b-6d N34° 47.048 W84° 18.113
46 Weaver Creek Road Weaver Creek 6d-7a Weaver Creek Rd 7a-7d
48.6 GA 515 / US 76 GA 515 / US 76 7a-7b GA 515 / US 76 N34° 48.719 W84° 22.135
52.6 Boardtown Road Boardtown Rd 7c-7d Boardtown Rd N34° 50.461 W84° 23.836
54.7 Bushy Head Gap Bushy Head Gap 7d-8a Bushy Head Gap Rd 8a-8d N34° 50.984 W84° 25.044
67.2 Dyer Gap Dyer Gap 8h-9a FS 64 Old Hwy 2 9a-10a N34° 52.090 W84° 30.872
71.7 Watson Gap Watson Gap 9c-10a FS 64 Old Hwy 2 N34° 54.351 W84° 30.777
74.3 Jacks River Trail (Dally Gap) Dally Gap 10a-10b FS 22 N34° 56.009 W84° 31.117
87.9 FS 221 FS 221 West Fork Trailhead 11d-11e FS 221 11e N35° 3.573 W84° 29.283

Tennessee

91.3 Thunder Rock CG / US 64 Thunder Rock / US 64 11e-12a US 64 11e N35° 4.526 W84° 29.058
98 Kimsey Highway, southern crossing Kimsey Hwy 12b-12c FS 68 Kimsey Highway 12a-12b N35° 6.7412 W84° 27.8104
100.4 McFarland Rd, FS 23 McFarland Rd 12c-12d FS 23 McFarland Rd N35° 7.471 W84° 28.325
104.3 White Oak Flats, FS 103, Lost Creek CG. Lost Creek 12d-12e FS 103 White Oak Flats Rd 12c-12d N35° 9.650 W84° 28.047
108 Hwy 30 at Hiwassee River Webb Store 13a TN State Hwy 30 N35° 11.297 W84° 30.175
109.6 John Muir TH at Childers Creek Parking Childers Creek JMT Trailhead 13a-13b Childers Creek Rd 13b-13c N35° 11.392 W84° 29.431
112.6 Big Bend Picnic Area Big Bend 13b-13c FS 10B Powerhouse Rd 13b-13c
115.5 Towee Creek Towee Creek 13c-13d FS 10B Powerhouse Rd 13b-13c N35° 11.751 W84° 26.999
119.6 FS 228 at Coker Creek on Hiwassee R. Coker Creek Campsite 13e-14a FS 22B  13d-13e N35° 10.796 W84° 23.522
123.6 Tennessee Hwy 68 TN 68 / Unicoi Mountain 14a-14b TN State Hwy 68 14b-14c N35° 11.583 W84° 20.708
124.7 Buck Bald Road Buck Bald Rd Crossing 14b-14c FS 311 Old State Hwy 68 N35° 12.097 W84° 19.729
128.3 Unicoi Gap, TN/NC state line Unicoi Gap 14c-15a FS 40 Joe Brown Highway 14b-14c N35° 13.509 W84° 17.413
134.6 Sixmile Gap (Wauchisi Mt. access) Waucheesi Bald 15b-15c FS 126c Waucheesi Mtn Rd/Lookout Tower Rd N35° 16.553 W84° 13.106
136.6 Sandy Gap Sandy Gap 15c-16a FS 50 Evans Road 15a-15c N35° 15.318 W84° 12.184
145.9 Bald River Rd CS 11 Brookshire Creek Trail 180, Campsite 11 16c-16d FS 126 Bald River Rd N35° 17.039 W84° 10.005
150.8 Tellico River Rd, FS 210 Tellico River / Pheasant Fields Picnic Area 16e-17a FS 210 Tellico River Rd 16c-16d N35° 15.950 W84° 7.283
156.8 FS 61B Whigg Meadow 17b-17cc FS 61B Sycamore Rd 17b-17cc N35° 18.212 W84° 2.596
160 Mud Gap, Cherohala Skyway Mud Gap 17c-17d Cherohala Skyway N35° 19.510 W84° 2.596
163 Beech Gap, Cherohala Skyway Beech Gap 17d- 18a Cherohala Skyway 17c-17d N35° 20.902 W84° 2.273

North Carolina

174.1 Big Fat Gap Big Fat Gap 18c-18d FS 62 Slickrock Rd N35° 25.032 W83° 58.673
180.3 Tapoco Lodge Tapoco Lodge 18e-19a US 129 19a-19e N35° 26.607 W83° 56.310
180.5 Meadow Branch Road 19a Meadow Branch Rd N35° 26.592 W83° 56.194
182.3 Old Field Gap Road Old Fields Gap 19a-19b Old Fields Gap Rd N35° 26.460 W83° 54.794
189.6 Fontana Village Lodge Fontana Village Lodge 19c-19d Fontana Rd N35° 25.938 W83° 49.265
192.6 Fontana Marina Fontana Marina 19d Fontana Marina Rd N35° 26.480 W83° 47.725
193.8 Fontana Dam Shelter Fontana Dam Shelter Parking 19d Fontana Dam Rd N35° 26.949 W83° 47.802
194.2 Fontana Dam Fontana Dam Visitor Center Parking 19e Fontana Dam Rd 20 N35° 27.107 W83° 48.121
End of Fontana Dam Rd AT Lakeshore Trail 19e-20a Fontana Dam Rd N35° 27.626 W83° 48.668

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

229 Noland Creek Trail Jct, ‘Road to Nowhere’ Road to Nowhere Tunnel 22b-22c Lakeshore Rd 22c N35° 27.512 W83° 32.205
254.6 US 441, Smokemont CG Smokemont Campground Trailhead Parking 23c-24a Smokemont Rd / US 441 24a N35° 33.179 W83° 18.605
269.3 Straight Fork Rd. Round Bottom Trailhead Parking 24b-25a Straight Fork Rd 25a-25b N35° 37.284 W83° 12.667
287.6 Big Creek Campground Big Creek 25b Big Creek Entrance Rd N35° 45.570 W83° 6.350

 

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Section Hiker's Tracking Log

Benton MacKaye Trail Section Hikers Log Sheets
Georgia
Section Id Trailhead Names Miles Total Date/s
01a Springer Mountain » Big Stamp Gap 1.70 1.70
01b Big Stamp Gap » 2nd Cross Trails 2.20 3.90
01c 2nd Cross Trails » Three Forks 2.10 6.00
02a Three Forks » No Name Gap 2.60 8.60
02b No Name Gap » Bryson Gap 3.40 12.00
02c Bryson Gap » Toccoa River 2.80 14.80
02d Toccoa River » GA HWY 60 3.60 18.40
03a GA HWY 60 » Wallalah-Licklog Saddle 2.20 20.60
03b Wallalah-Licklog Saddle » Licklog-Rhodes Saddle 1.40 22.00
03c Licklog-Rhodes Saddle » Skeenah Gap 2.00 24.00
04a Skeenah Gap » Payne Gap 2.10 26.10
04b Payne Gap » Wilscot Gap, GA HWY 60 3.20 29.30
05a Wilscot Gap, GA HWY 60 » Ledford Gap 2.30 31.60
05b Ledford Gap » Brawley Mountain 0.90 32.50
05c Brawley Mountain » Dial Road 2.40 34.90
05d Dial Road » Shallowford Bridge 1.90 36.80
06a Shallowford Road Bridge » Fall Branch (at Road) 3.50 40.30
06b Fall Branch (at Road) » Stanley Gap Trail 1.20 41.50
06c Stanley Gap Trail (old Rich Mountain Trail) » — 2.10 43.60
06d Stanley Gap Trail » Weaver/Laurel Creek Road 2.90 46.50
07a Weaver/Laurel Creek Road » GA HWY 515 2.60 49.10
07b GA HWY 515 » Shelter (Sisson`s) 1.70 50.80
07c Shelter (Sisson`s) » Boardtown Road 2.30 53.10
07d Boardtown Road » Bushy Head Gap (Road) 2.10 55.20
08a Bushy Head Gap » Hudson Gap 2.60 57.80
08b Hudson Gap » McKenny Gap 1.50 59.30
08c McKenny Gap » Hatley Gap 1.00 60.30
08d Hatley Gap » Fowler Mountain 1.30 61.60
08e Fowler Mountain » Halloway Gap 2.00 63.60
08f Halloway » Double Hogpen Gap 1.20 64.80
08g Double Hogpen Gap » Flat Top Mountain 1.60 66.40
08h Flat Top Mountain » Dyer Gap 1.20 67.60
09a Dyer Gap » Pinhoti Intersection (SFT) 2.20 69.80
09b Pinhoti Intersection (SFT) » Pate Gap 1.60 71.40
09c Pate Gap » Watson Gap 0.70 72.10
10a Watson Gap » Jacks River Trail 2.60 74.70
10b Jacks River Trail » Hemp Top Trail 1.50 76.20
10c Hemp Top Trail » Hemp Top 3.10 79.30
10d Hemp Top » Double Spring Gap 1.30 80.60
11a Double Spring Gap » Big Frog Mountain 1.30 81.90
11b Big Frog Mountain » Fork Ridge Trail 1.80 83.70
11c Fork Ridge Trail » Rough Creek Trail 1.80 85.50
11d Rough Creek Trail » USFS Road 221 2.80 88.30
11e USFS Road 221 » US HWY 64 3.40 91.70
Tennessee & North Carolina
Section Id Trailhead Names Miles Total Date/s
12a US 64 » Dry Pond Lead high point 4.00 95.70
12b Dry Pond Lead » Kimsey Highway 2.70 98.40
12c Kimsey Highway » McFarland Road, FS 23 2.40 100.80
12d McFarland » White Oak Flats, FS 103 3.90 104.70
12e FS 103 » FS 173 – Trestle 4.10 108.80
13a Trestle » John Muir Trail at Childers Creek 1.20 110.00
13b Childers Creek » Big Bend 3.00 113.00
13c Big Bend » Towee Creek 1.20 114.20
13d Towee Creek » Wildcat Creek 2.70 116.90
13e Wildcat Creek » FS 22B 3.10 120.00
14a FS 22B » Unicoi Mountain Trail (TN HWY 68) 4.00 124.00
14b TN HWY 68 » Buck Bald Road 1.10 125.10
14c Buck Bald Road » Unicoi Gap 3.60 128.70
15a Unicoi Gap » Tate Gap 4.50 133.20
15b Tate Gap » Sixmile Gap 1.80 135.00
15c Sixmile Gap » Sandy Gap 2.10 137.10
16a Sandy Gap » Round Top, State Line 3.90 141.00
16b Round Top » Sledrunner Gap 2.40 143.40
16c Sledrunner Gap » Brookshire Creek xing 3.20 146.60
16d Brookshire Creek » Sugar Mountain Road 2.50 149.10
16e Sugar Mountain Road » Tellico River Road (FS 210) 2.40 151.50
17a Tellico River Road » Mangan Branch 2.90 154.40
17b Mangan Branch » FS 61B 3.20 157.60
17c Sycamore Creek Trailhead » Mud Gap 2.90 160.50
17d Mud Gap » Beech Gap, Nantahala NF 3.00 163.50
18a Beech Gap » Haoe Lead Intersection (SW) 4.20 167.70
18b Haoe Lead Intersection (SW) » Hangover Lead Trail 1.60 169.30
18c Haoe Lead intersection (NE) » Big Fat Gap 3.10 172.40
18d Big Fat Gap » Yellowhammer Gap 4.30 176.70
18e Yellowhammer Gap » Tapoco Lodge 1.80 178.50
19a Tapoco Lodge » Old Field Gap Road 1.90 180.40
19b Old Field Gap Road » FS 251C (East End) 3.00 183.40
19c FS 251C (East End) » Fontana Lodge 4.80 188.20
19d Fontana Lodge » AT Intersection 2.90 191.10
19e AT Intersection » Fontana Dam (North End) 2.20 193.30
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Section Id Trailhead Names Miles Total Date/s
20a Fontana Dam (North End) » Eagle Creek Trail 6.80 200.10
21a Eagle Creek Trail » Campsite 86 4.40 204.50
21b Campsite 86 » Campsite 77 7.60 212.10
21c Campsite 77 » Campsite 98 7.20 219.30
22a Campsite 98 » Campsite 74 6.00 225.30
22b Campsite 74 » Noland Creek Trail Junction 3.70 229.00
22c Noland Creek Trail Jct. » Noland Divide Trail Jct. 9.20 238.20
23a Noland Divide Trail Jct. » Deep Creek Trail, MST 3.30 241.50
23b Deep Creek Trail, MST » Campsite 52 7.90 249.40
23c Campsite 52 » Smokemont Campground 5.40 254.80
24a Smokemont Campground » Campsite 47 9.40 264.20
24b Campsite 47 » Straight Fork Road 5.50 269.70
25a Straight Fork Road » Laurel Gap Shelter 4.50 274.20
25b Laurel Gap Shelter » Big Creek 12.10 286.30
section hike

REI Hiking Project - Interactive Maps and Trail Descriptions

REI Hiking Project go to this link for complete and detailed descriptions of every section as well as maps of the 300-mile Benton MacKaye Trail. The Benton MacKaye Trail Association and other trail associations and hikers are extremely appreciative of REI’s innovations and support.

Here is an excellent source for planning your hike. Although this website does not take the place of a good compass, maps and guide books, the site does offer descriptions, maps, pictures and much more. Please say “thank you” to REI by uploading your pictures and trails stories to this site.

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