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AT to Three Forks, BMT to Skeenah Creek

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye trail
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 7 2008, Sun, Jun 8 2008  11:00 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, May 2 2008 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jun 5 2008 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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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: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

We will leave some cars at the intersection of GA 60 and the Benton MacKaye trail. From there we will drive to Hightower Gap, where we will start our hike. After walking 5.5 miles south on the Appalachian Trail we will reach Forest Service Road 58, where we will spend some time exploring the Three Forks area, admiring the waterfalls, and maybe swimming a bit on shallow water. We will then retrace our steps one mile to the intersection of the AT and the Benton MacKaye trail. We will follow the BMT for about a mile until we reach our campsite. The next day we will walk about 10 miles north on the BMT back to GA 60 and Skeenah Creek.
  • Notable features on this event are the waterfalls at Three Forks and the spectacular suspension bridge over the Toccoa River on the BMT.

  • Required Items to Bring:
  • Tent.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Headlamp/flashlight.
  • Lunch and dinner for Saturday and breakfast for Sunday.
  • Trail snacks.
  • 1 liter of water.
  • Good hiking boots.
  • Rain Gear/poncho.
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
    Bug repellent, sunblock, bathing suit., Hiking poles/hiking stick.

    How to Get There:
    Event Directions:Carpool only, please.
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
    Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
    Carpool Location:   Log in for location
    Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
    Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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.

    The total walking distance for this event is about 18 miles. We will be driving about 30 miles on unpaved Forest Service roads.
    * We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

    Cost Includes:Share the cost of gas with your driver.

    Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.