Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) to construct a path that would give AT hikers an alternate way to travel from Springer Mountain and meet back up again with the AT. A link was sketched out. In 1980, construction started. The first part of the Benton MacKaye Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to the Ocoee River in Tennessee was finished fairly quickly. But due to changes in red tape, the remainder of the trail was not completed until 2005. Most of that was by adopting existing trails into the system. Now finished it is nearly 300 miles long, so to make the term easy to remember from year to year, someone who finishes the BMT is considered a 300 miler.
The end result is a wilder, more remote feeling than on the AT, and less hikers overall. I’ve experienced it, and other hikers have told me that one can go for days and never see another human being while walking the BMT.
In addition to those, I write a guidebook that has all the information one would need for long distance hiking on the BMT including town data for re-supply and other essential functions. It is laid out in a format similar to The AT Guide by David “Awol” Miller. My guide is available here.
(Go to Part 2 on this unique trail by Sgt Rock)