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292.3 mile 470.4 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 54,682' 16,667 m
Descent: -56,808' -17,315 m
High: 5,779' 1,761 m
Low: 755' 230 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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A long distance trail with many opportunities for shorter backpacking and day running trips.

Richard Harris

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Dogs are allowed on all sections of the trail except for the part that passes through Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Overview

Stretching from Springer Mountain in Georgia, where the AT begins as well, to the northeast corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Benton MacKaye Trail is nearly 300 miles long. This trail can be through-hiked or section-hiked or done as part of a big 600 mile figure 8 loop with the AT. Unlike the AT, this trail is more primitive and provides more solitude, passing through several wilderness areas. There are only two shelters along the trail, so backpackers must carry a tent or tarp.

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Need to Know

For more information, visit the Benton MacKaye Trail Association's website.

Dogs are not allowed on the sections of trail that pass through Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Description

Connecting from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Big Creek Campground on the northern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Benton Mackaye Trail (BMT) pass through the remote backcountry areas of Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

It is blazed with white diamonds where blazing is allowed. However, many miles of the trail are in designated wilderness areas where blazing is not permitted; in these locations, you'll find signs and need a reliable map and trail guide to follow the route.

The three basic sections of the Benton MacKaye Trail are Georgia, Tennessee-North Carolina, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

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