The trail starts south of the Springer Mountain parking lot near Springer Mountain where it branches off of the Appalachian Trail
. Here at the beginning the Benton MacKaye intersects the A.T. at 4 different points, forming 3 loops of trail that are very popular with day hikers looking for an easy-to-access loop that doesn't require much effort. Difficulty of the trail is easy to moderate. This section of the trail runs roughly north from the Springer Mountain parking lot to Three Forks. This entire section of the trail lies in the deep forest of the Ed Jenkins National Recreation Area.
The Benton MacKaye is one of the wildest long-distance backpacking trails in the nation. Unlike the A.T., the B.M.T. eschews cities, shelters, parks, and campgrounds wherever possible and instead opts for as wild and pristine of a route and experience as possible. It runs a total of 288 miles.
Trail length: 6 miles
Posted by Greg Heil on September 26, 2011
Trail System Benton MacKaye Trail: Georgia
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Reviews of Benton MacKaye Trail 01: Springer Mountain to Three Forks
Reviewed by natureboy17 on November 14, 2011
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Great trail!!! Loved it in October.
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Reviewed by Greg Heil on September 26, 2011
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This is a pristine section of trail that receives much less traffic than its nearby neighbor, the Appalachian Trail. Less traffic isn't a bad thing, either. The AT kind of looks like a highway near here, but the BMT, while still easy to follow, is much more rustic. Oh, and the BMT has a couple of the coolest views in the area! I highly recommend it.
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