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BMT Section 1 - Springer to Three Forks/Long Creek Falls (11 - 13 miles)

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Aug 12 8:00AM - 9:00AM

Having done all of the Georgia AT, it's time to turn our sights on the other great trail systems in Georgia. After crewing for one of my friend's ultras this spring, I've become fascinated with the Benton MacKaye trail. I've seen bits and pieces, but want to explore more. So we'll kick off the Benton MacKaye section hikes where it all starts at Springer Mountain.

We will start from the Springer Mountain parking lot and will hike the 0.9 miles to Springer Mountain. On the way back down, we will turn on the Benton MacKaye trail and will hike down to Three Forks. This section will be about 6 miles. We'll stop for lunch and will return on the AT back to the parking lot. Overall distance will be a a little under 11 miles. There has been a suggestion that we extend the hike a little from Three Forks and lunch at Long Creek Falls. This will add a little less than 2 miles round trip and may be a more scenic alternative for lunch. We'll see what the interest is and could even consider splitting up if some want to keep going and others want to go back at Three Forks.

BMT Section 1 overview can be found here:
http://bmta.org/sections/BMT-SecDescrip-01.pdf

I put together a map of the proposed route here:
https://caltopo.com/m/9M0U
Just a note on the waypoints. I marked the major ones (i.e. Springer Mt, Three Forks & the start/finish) as well as where the intersections. The BMT & AT intersect 3 times.1 & 6 means we'll hit that one first and then last on the way back, 2 & 5 = second & fifth, etc. There's one road crossing at Big Stamp Gap. The original route is in blue and I've added the proposed Long Creek Falls extension in purple.

It looks like the Elijay Walmart is the closest jumping off point, so we'll depart form there at 8 AM. This should put us at the trail head about 9 AM and we'll start around 9:10 - 9:15.

The Elijay Walmart can be found here:
https://goo.gl/maps/rzgCai9q1Yv

The Springer Mountain parking lot can be found here. Be forewarned that it's a bit rough going on the forest road to the trailhead.
https://goo.gl/maps/8RKi36uqunR2

Y'all know the drill by now, so not telling you what to bring. Pace will be brisk but not debilitating, probably around 2.8 MPH or so. If you are NOT meeting at Walmart, please indicate so in the comments. Also feel free to set up carpool.

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