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Take a hike with BMT

The following hikes are sponsored by the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) Association:

  • April 22, Monday: Moderate 5-mile hike on Big Frog Trail to Rough Creek Trail to BMT to Thunder Rock Campground. 8.1 miles.  Most of the elevation change is in last few miles, downhill to the campground. Contact Hike Leader Ken Cissna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 813-310-6084
  • April 26, Friday: Easy hike and lazy lunch on the (Jacks River) Rocks. Five miles. We will meet near Blue Ridge at 10 a.m. and carpool to Dally Gap adjacent to the Cohutta Wilderness. Our leisurely down and back hike begins at Dally and follows the Jacks River Trail (and the BMT briefly) for 2.5 miles to the first crossing of the Jacks River. We will use the fine sitting rocks at the river crossing for a leisurely lunch. BYO lunch.
  • Trans-Jacks exploring during lunch is an option. The return hike to Dally Gap is uphill all the way, but steady and never close to steep. Wilderness area so 12 hikers maximum. Contact hike leaders Tom and Jane Keene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (after noon Thursday May 2) at 770 -548-4935.
  • May 1, Wednesday: Moderate to strenuous Lady Slipper Hike: Fall Branch Falls to Weaver Creek on BMT 6.2 miles, 1300-ft. up, 1400-ft down. We’ll pause to watch the water cascade down Fall Branch Falls and later enjoy a leisurely lunch atop Rocky Mountain. Along the way, Trillium and Lady Slipper gardens will provide the perfect backdrop for the hike. Shuttle. Contact hike leader Joy Forehand at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 386-334-0336.
  • May 18 (Saturday) Moderate AT-BMT Springer Mountain Upper Loop hike of 4.6 miles includes 1.2 miles on the Appalachian Trail and 3.4 mi. on the Benton MacKaye Trail.  The southern terminus of both trails and two great vistas from atop bluffs on the way, one on each trail are main features. Only about 0.8 mile of the trip's initial start up Springer Mountain has much climb (of a few hundred feet elevation change) and it's not all that steep. This is a favorite Georgia loop trail of many hikers. The leader will share some history of the two trails in this area along the way. Contact hike leader George Owen evenings between 7-11 p.m. at 706-374-4716.
  • May 24, Friday: Moderately strenuous, 8.5 mile hike Pinnacle Knob in Rabun County, out and back on Bartram Trail. We will begin at Warwoman Dell, east of Clayton and pass two beautiful waterfalls, Becky Branch and Martin Creek Falls, traveling through lots of rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets along the way. We’ll take the side trail to Pinnacle Knob for lunch.  Contact hike leader Clayton Webster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 404-633-8955.
  • May 25, Saturday: Moderate BMT hike at Three Forks to the Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River. This 8.7mile hike is equal in difficulty from either direction (~500’ elevation change). To reduce shuttle time, we are going to do it as a “key exchange.” Details will be available once prospective hikers and drivers indicate interest. Contact hike leader Tom Sewell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text to 706-669-6406

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