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Tennessee BMT - Thunder Rock to Big Frog Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Thunder Rock Campground
Date(s) & Time:Thu, May 18 2023  9:00 am >> Thu, May 18 2023 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, May 3 2023 7:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 18 2023 6:00 am
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:18 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


The Benton MacKaye Trail is a nearly 300 mile long trail starting at Springer Mountain, weaving through Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina before ending in the GSMNP just past Big Creek. Often considered more difficult than the adjacent sections of the AT, this trail presents plenty of challenge and adventure. Join me as I dayhike the BMT, one section at a time.

This hike will find us in the Big Frog Wilderness in Tennessee. Starting in the Thunder Rock Campground adjacent to the Ocoee River, a large paved parking area will be a welcome change. The BMT shares a trail bed with several trails in Big Frog, so there will be plenty of turns to navigate on this trek. This hike has a steady climb for 9 miles to our lunch spot on Big Frog Mountain. The majority of our 4500 foot climb takes place before lunch. As we eat our lunch on the top of Big Frog we can smile knowing that our hike back to the cars will be an easy one!

This is a difficult D6 hike, recent D6 experience is required to join the fun. Under experienced hikers will be moved to the wait list as they await an email from the TL.

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Required Items to Bring:

Water, water, water


Recommended Items to Bring:
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bags of dirt

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the parking lot of the campground.

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):150Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


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