Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT)

United States United States

Worth knowing

The Benton MacKaye Trail runs for a length of 447 kilometers through Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina in the United States.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as demanding and it usually takes 22 days to walk the Benton MacKaye Trail.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!

On the trail food supply is less of an issue. As a rule, you can either buy groceries every day or eat in a hut or restaurant.
Nevertheless, it is important to carry an appropriate supply with you.

You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp.

Wild camping is allowed As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Benton MacKaye Trail

447 km
Elevation gain
17.700 m
Elevation loss
18.250 m
Highest Point
Mount Sterling / 1.781 m
Lowest Point
Hiwassee River / 230 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
447 km
17.700 m
18.250 m
Mount Sterling
1.781 m
Hiwassee River
230 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Benton MacKaye Trail
  • in a tent/tarp
Solitude on the Benton MacKaye Trail
Wilderness / Virtually no people and no settlements

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Arrival to the Benton MacKaye Trail

You will arrive via Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Bus / Taxi / Uber. Duration approx. 4 hours.

Departure from the Benton MacKaye Trail

Departure is via Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

You can get to the airport per Bus / Taxi / Uber. Takes about 4 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Benton MacKaye Trail

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