Benton Mackaye Trail is a hiking trail in Fannin County and Gilmer County, Georgia. It is 10.3 miles long and begins at 2,997 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,510 feet. The Brawley Mountain Lookout Tower (elevation 3,015 feet) tower, the Toccoa Riverside restaurant, and Brawley Mountain (elevation 3,005 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Benton Mackaye Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Traversing the rugged Wilscot Mountain Range, Section 5 of the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) begins with a challenging hike through rugged forest and ends with a stroll across the Shallowford Bridge, where the Toccoa River draws tourists in spring and summer. The hike includes a climb to the summit of Tiptop Mountain (3147 feet) and Brawley Mountain (site of the trail’s last remaining fire tower). Due to significant gains and losses in elevation, it’s best to do this as a one-way trip, spotting cars at each end or using a shuttle to return to the trailhead. Also, this is a good option for a winter trip, as many of the views along the way are obscured by heavy foliage in spring."
--Marcus Woolf, Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press).
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