The BMT runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia (sharing the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail) to Davenport Gap in Tennessee. The trail passes through eight United States Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas, while traversing three states (Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina). The lowest elevation (765 feet) on the BMT occurs at the crossing of the Hiwassee River in Tennessee. The highest elevation is the summit of Mt. Sterling in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.