BMT Trail Town Communities are a mutually beneficial partnership with the BMT. The trail is an alluring vacation for any outdoor enthusiast. In turn, towns near the trail reap an economic boon from the hikers who spend money for off-the-trail enjoyment or on necessities in the local communities.
It is no wonder why tens of thousands of hiking enthusiasts from throughout the United States as well as from Europe and Asia are drawn to the 288-mile-long trail. With its glorious ridgeline views and the innumerable crossings of mountain streams, the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) comes by its reputation for beauty honestly. 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.
The Benton MacKaye Trail Town Communities are a key element in making sure the everyday needs of day hikers, backpackers and thru hikers are met. A tasty meal at a nearby restaurant and a good night’s rest at a local lodging facility are a hiker’s delight. To stay properly supplied on the trail, backpackers and thru hikers patronize grocery stores, outfitter stores, pharmacies, laundromat, shuttle services post offices and more.