Big Frog Trail is the heart of Big Frog Wilderness. It bisects the wilderness with 5 trails intersecting with it.
The designers of this trail pulled off a rare feat. The trail climbs over 2000 feet at an almost imperceptible grade. There is not a better ridge trail in the combined Cohutta/Big Frog Wilderness.
Big Frog Trail is a 5.5-mile footpath that begins at 2152 feet and ends near the summit of Big Frog Mountain at an elevation of 4,224 feet. The highest peak in the area.
The trail begins on a closed wide roadbed named Peavine Ridge Rd and continues winding south on a slight grade coming to the trail sign at the 0.7-mile mark marking the boundary of the Big Frog Wilderness. From here the trail shortly turns into a footpath coming to the trail junction with Rough Creek at mile 1.5.
The trail continues flat through a gorgeous mixed hardwood forest entering a white Pine forest shortly before arriving at Low Gap which marks the 4-way trail intersection with Grassy Gap Trail coming in from the right and Yellow Lead Stand Trail coming in from the left. This trail intersection is approximately 2450 feet only 300 feet above the trailhead and already 2.4 miles into the trail.
From Low Gap the trail gains over 900 feet in elevation ascending Peavine Ridge arriving at the Fork Ridge Trail junction around mile 3.7. Fork Ridge Trail is part of the Benton MacKaye Trail system.
From Fork Ridge, the trail continues gaining elevation at an easy grade traversing the top of the geographic point Chimney Top arriving at the junction with Big Creek Trail at mile 4.3 marked by a stack of rocks. This section of the trail traverses a very cool narrow section on top of Peavine Ridge offering magnificent views of east and west. The junction with Big Creek Trail is a great place to take a break.
For the next 1.2 miles, the trail will divert from the top of Peavine Ridge and begin climbing at an easy grade the right side of Big Frog Mountain with views into the Tennessee Valley. Approximately a 1/2 mile from the summit the trail enters an enchanted like forest Rhododendron Tunnel.
The trail begins leveling out near the top climbing the last 0.3 miles at a slight grade where it junctions with Hemp Top Trail of the Cohutta Wilderness near the summit. Take a left at the intersection and approximately 1/4 on the right there is a mountain spring.
The maintenance and design of this trail are unsurpassed in the Big Frog Wilderness. Big Creek Trail is a close second.
"A wilderness...is hereby recognized as an area where the
earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man,
where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."
- Wilderness Act of 1951
Cisco, GA Access: From Eton, GA (one-red-light town) go North 8.8 miles on Hwy 411 to Cisco and Old Hwy GA2 indicated by Cisco Baptist Church, take a right onto Old Hwy GA2, the road is paved for the first 1.8 miles before turning into gravel. At mile 3.1 the road (FS Rd 16) comes to the West Cowpen Check Station on the left and the first road intersection, FS17 goes right, and FS16 continues straight, continue straight on FS16 for the next 4.4 miles until mile 7.5 where FS16 comes to another intersection with FS51.
FS51 goes right and FS16 continues straight and to the left. Continue on FS16 which immediately passes Cottonwood Patch campground on its left and then subsequently a bridge which spans the Jacks River. After crossing the bridge the road immediately enters Tennessee and a three-way intersection. Take a right onto FS 221 and immediately pass Jacks River northwestern (low elevation) terminus at the Alaculsy Valley Trailhead (968 feet) on your right at mile 8.4.
Continue straight on FS 221 to Big Frog Wilderness.
|Distance from Hwy 411|
|Wolf Ridge Trailhead:||15.7 miles|
|Big Creek Trailhead:||17.7 m|
|Big Frog Trailhead:||22.1 m|
|West Fork Trailhead:||23.0 m|
|Licklog Ridge Trailhead:||25.8 m|
Ocoee, TN Access: From Hwy 411 take US64 east toward Ocoee Lake. Drive 18 miles and take a right at the TVA #3 Ocoee Power Station. Cross river onto FS45 and drive 2.8 to the T-intersection with FS221. Take a left and West Fork is 0.4 miles on the right and Licklog Ridge is a further 2.8 miles on the right. Take a right at FS221 and Big Frog Trailhead is 0.5 miles on the left.
|Access:||FS 221 Rd|
|Out & Back:||11.0 m|
|Rough Creek Trail:||1.5 m - 2431 ft|
|Grassy Gap Trail:||2.4 m - 2434 ft|
|Yellow Lead Stand Trail:||2.4 m - 2434 ft|
|Fork Ridge Trail:||3.7 m - 3363 ft|
|Big Creek Trail:||4.3 m - 3609 ft|
|Hiking Up:||Easy - Moderate|
|Trailhead Elevation:||2,152 feet|
|End of Trail Elevation:||4,224 feet|
|Trail Junctions:||Rough Creek, Grassy Gap, Yellow lead|
|Fork Ridge, Big Creek|
|Features:||Chimney Top, Rhondenderon Tunnel|