Volunteers needed to help on Benton MacKaye work trip

Posted 3/2/18

Volunteers needed to help on Benton MacKaye work trip

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Volunteers needed to help on Benton MacKaye work trip


The Benton MacKaye Trail Association is seeking volunteers to help with trail maintenance for an upcoming work trip.

According to Barry Allen, Georgia work-trip coordinator for the BMTA, a trip is planned for Saturday, March 10, on two sections of the trail near Thunder Rock Campground off U.S. 64 in Tennessee.

This month’s work trip will focus on improvements to a footbridge and replacement of several steps moving up the trail from the Ocoee River as well as possible tree removal – provided enough sawyers are available – on the BMT/Dry Pond Lead trail section up to the Little Frog Wilderness boundary.

All work-trip participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes or boots, pants and long sleeve shirts, work gloves and, for cold-weather trips, multiple thin layers that can be easily shed one at a time. Also, a daypack for storing food, water or other items is always a good idea for work trips. Food and water are not supplied by the BMTA on work trips; however, tools are provided by the association. The BMTA recommends workers to bring at least two liters of water for the trip.

Those interested can meet either at The Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge for breakfast at 8 a.m. or at Thunder Rock Campground at 9 a.m.

The Benton MacKaye Trail spans three states – Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina – and nearly 300 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Davenport Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is enjoyed by thousands of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts each year.

For anyone with questions or needing further information or directions, contact Barry Allen at bmtabarry@gmail.com or 770-294-7384.


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