Hiking the Benton MacKaye Trail

Hiking the Benton MacKaye Trail

by Tim Homan


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561453115
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date: 04/28/2004
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
The Benton MacKaye Trail: Questions and Answers, Present and Future1
Locator map: The Future Route of the Benton MacKaye Trail8
History of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association9
Benton MacKaye: A Brief Biography19
Geology of the Benton MacKaye Trail36
Forests of the Benton MacKaye Trail39
Things to Know Before You Go42
Stream Crossings43
Cold-weather Hiking and Hypothermia43
Poison Ivy45
Yellow Jackets45
Poisonous Snakes45
Camping Rules49
Trail Usage49
Blazes and Signs50
How to Use This Guide53
Section Descriptions53
Trail Ratings54
Benton MacKaye Trail, Sections 1-12
Section 1Springer Mountain to Three Forks57
Section 2Three Forks to Little Skeenah Creek77
Section 3Little Skeenah Creek to Skeenah Gap97
Section 4Skeenah Gap to Wilscot Gap113
Section 5Wilscot Gap to Shallowford Bridge125
Section 6Shallowford Bridge to Weaver Creek Road143
Section 7Weaver Creek Road to Bushy Head Gap161
Section 8Bushy Head Gap to Dyer Gap181
Section 9Dyer Gap to Watson Gap203
Section 10Watson Gap to Spanish Oak Gap217
Section 11Spanish Oak Gap to Chestnut Ridge231
Section 12Chestnut Ridge to Ocoee River255
Environmental Guidelines267
Usage Rules for the Cohutta-Big Frog Wilderness272
Addresses and Maps273
The Benton MacKaye Trail Association275
BMTA Donors275
Index of Nature Illustrations277

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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!