Hiking the Benton MacKaye Trail

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This guidebook details the southernmost twelve sections of the Benton MacKaye Trail, beginning atop Georgia's Springer Mountain near the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and winding through north Georgia into southeastern Tennessee, to its present point of completion: the Ocoee River at US 64. Now spanning 93 miles, the Benton MacKaye will soon become a three-state trail leading hikers 275 miles through the deep South's largest concentration of public land. North of US 64, the BMT will continue through ...
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Overview

This guidebook details the southernmost twelve sections of the Benton MacKaye Trail, beginning atop Georgia's Springer Mountain near the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and winding through north Georgia into southeastern Tennessee, to its present point of completion: the Ocoee River at US 64. Now spanning 93 miles, the Benton MacKaye will soon become a three-state trail leading hikers 275 miles through the deep South's largest concentration of public land. North of US 64, the BMT will continue through Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest, through a small portion of North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, then across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where the trail will rejoin the AT.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453115
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview Map: The Benton MacKaye Trail, Sections 1-12, Springer Mountain to Ocoee River
Acknowledgments v
Preface ix
The Benton MacKaye Trail: Questions and Answers, Present and Future 1
Locator map: The Future Route of the Benton MacKaye Trail 8
History of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association 9
Benton MacKaye: A Brief Biography 19
Geology of the Benton MacKaye Trail 36
Forests of the Benton MacKaye Trail 39
Things to Know Before You Go 42
Water 42
Stream Crossings 43
Cold-weather Hiking and Hypothermia 43
Poison Ivy 45
Yellow Jackets 45
Poisonous Snakes 45
Bears 48
Camping Rules 49
Trail Usage 49
Blazes and Signs 50
Hunting 50
How to Use This Guide 53
Section Descriptions 53
Trail Ratings 54
Benton MacKaye Trail, Sections 1-12
Section 1 Springer Mountain to Three Forks 57
Section 2 Three Forks to Little Skeenah Creek 77
Section 3 Little Skeenah Creek to Skeenah Gap 97
Section 4 Skeenah Gap to Wilscot Gap 113
Section 5 Wilscot Gap to Shallowford Bridge 125
Section 6 Shallowford Bridge to Weaver Creek Road 143
Section 7 Weaver Creek Road to Bushy Head Gap 161
Section 8 Bushy Head Gap to Dyer Gap 181
Section 9 Dyer Gap to Watson Gap 203
Section 10 Watson Gap to Spanish Oak Gap 217
Section 11 Spanish Oak Gap to Chestnut Ridge 231
Section 12 Chestnut Ridge to Ocoee River 255
Environmental Guidelines 267
Usage Rules for the Cohutta-Big Frog Wilderness 272
Addresses and Maps 273
The Benton MacKaye Trail Association 275
BMTA Donors 275
Index of Nature Illustrations 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    A Great Guide to a Little-Known Trail

    Tim Homan has done it again! This trail guide stands alongside his other Hiking Trails series titles (North Georgia, Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and Citico Creek Wildernesses, Cohutta and Big Frog Wildernesses, and Southern Nantahala Wilderness) in opening an area up to easier access. I was familiar with the Benton MacKaye Trail, but maps were not easy to obtain. In this guide Homan not only has excellent maps, but also helpful trail landmarks and observations of local flora and fauna. This guide also includes elevation profiles¿a great improvement over just describing a trail as ¿easy¿, ¿moderate¿ or ¿strenuous.¿ The fold-out overview map inside the front cover is an especially nice touch. I¿ve use Homan¿s Hiking Trails guides for many years and have never had a problem with route directions, and have always enjoyed the history and observation he provides. With this book there is even more detail on the history of the trail, the man it was named for, and the geology and forests of the trail. This is a terrific guide to one of North Georgia¿s best kept secret trails!

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