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BMT - Dally Gap to Pinhoti Northern Terminus

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dally Gap
Date(s) & Time:Wed, May 24 2023  9:00 am >> Wed, May 24 2023 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, May 11 2023 7:15 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, May 24 2023 6:00 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12 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: 9 / 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 Cohutta Wilderness in Georgia. We will start at Dally Gap where a large parking area will greet us. Dally Gap can be difficult to find, please look at the "Directions" section below. We wil start on the Hemptop trail for less than a mile where it intersects with the BMT, a left turn will get us going in the right direction. The BMT will take us on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs with no climbs being especially steep. We will side swipe Dyer Mountain on our way to the intersection with the South Fork Trail. This is the location of the Northern Terminus of the Pinhoti Trail and is a great spot for a photo. Somewhere along the way we will find a nice spot for lunch. After lunch, we retrace our steps until we hit the Jacks River Trail, a quick right turn here will save us a few steps on the way back.

This is a difficult D5 hike, recent D5 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 gravel

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at Dally Gap at 9:00. Several miles of gravel road driving is required.

Click here for Trailhead location

After SR 2 becomes gravel, travel approximately 1 mile.  The turn off to Service Road 22-2 is incorrect on GPS. It is an acute right turn to a steep service road that has a sign for Hemp Top and Jacks River Trails. The sign is only visible if you look over your right shoulder...

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):128Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $51.20 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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