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BMT - Little Frog Wilderness

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Ducktown TN
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jun 7 2023  9:00 am >> Wed, Jun 7 2023 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, May 25 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 7 2023 6:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 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:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 3 (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.
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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.

We've done Big Frog, let's hop over to Little Frog and enjoy the BMT in Tennessee. We will park at a pull out area across the street from the powerstation on the Occoee River. There is parking for 3-4 cars, if we end up with more, overflow parking is available at the Thunder Rock Campground across the street. We will start our uphill adventure on the Dry Pond Lead Trail. Up and up we go as we pass old growth trees including Oaks, Poplars and Hemlocks... one of my favorite things to see. Along the way we will pass the Dry Pond that gives this trail its' name as we make our way to Kimsey Mountain Highway. It's not much of a highway, but will make a good turn around point for our hike. When we are at the highway we will scope out parking for our next BMT in Tennessee adventure. Somewhere along the way we will find a good spot for lunch before we retrace our steps, downhill, back to our cars.

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 to access their capabilities.

Explore Dry Pond Lead Trail | AllTrails


Required Items to Bring:

Water, water, water



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Whitewater raft


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Side of the road parking for 3-4 cars.

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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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