The Dirt On The Benton MacKaye Trail
It’s a footpath of nearly 300 miles through the Appalachian mountains of the southeastern United States and is blazed by a white diamond. The trail runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Davenport Gap on the northern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the BMT passes through some of the most remote backcountry in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, including eight federally designated Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas. Benton McKaye was a Massachusetts forester and regional planner who first had the idea for the Appalachian Trail in 1921. The two trails, the AT and the BMT are the same for the first few miles before splitting apart to go their separate ways.