Benton MacKaye Trail Presentation - Backpacker

Benton MacKaye Trail Presentation

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Group: REI

When: Tuesday, October 10, 7–8:30 pm

Where: Atlanta REI

Cost: Free


The Benton MacKaye Trail was described in a New York Times feature as "Appalachia's Other Trail" and recently by Men's Journal as one of 20 "Once-in-a Lifetime-Backpacking-Trips." It is 290-miles long, starting at Springer Mountain and ending at Big Creek at the far end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It forms a figure-eight with the southernmost portion of the A.T. and crosses some of the most remote backcountry and wilderness areas in GA, TN and NC. Completed in 2005, built and maintained by volunteers, the BMT is intended as a more-primitive, less-crowded trail alternative. This presentation includes a "virtual tour" of the BMT and describes options for hiking the trail, including day-hikes, section-hikes and thru-hikes. News for the BMT are major reroutes of the sections across the Slickrock Wilderness and just before entering the Smokies in NC and 2016 reroutes at Fall Branch Falls in GA and Towee Creek in TN. Presenter, Bob Ruby, is the Immediate Past President of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association.

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