Benton MacKaye Trail

Located in Blue Ridge

Named for Benton MacKaye, the Massachusetts forester/regional planner who proposed the Appalachian Trail, this hiking trail near Blue Ridge, GA, features remarkable changes in terrain and too many modern intrusions. The BMT follows a portion of the original Appalachian Trail, which was extensively rerouted after 1957. Looping further west, the Benton MacKaye Trail crosses Chester Creek a couple of times before Three Forks (Chester is one of the creeks that make up Three Forks).

Almost exactly 1 mile past the footbridge over Chester at Three Forks, the Benton MacKaye turns left (and the Duncan Ridge Trail begins, leaving the Appalachian Trail for the last time until it rejoins America's Footpath 250 miles further north). The Duncan Ridge Trail shares the footpath with the Benton MacKaye until shortly after crossing Route 60. Unlike its eastern brother, the Appalachian Trail, the Benton MacKaye does not always wind through federally protected land. ...