Licklog Ridge Trail is the most easterly trail in the Big Frog Wilderness and climbs Licklog Ridge to the top of Big Frog Mountain near the summit. It provides views of the Ocoee River, Copperhill in Tennessee, and the mountains of North Carolina. The highpoint of the trail is at the 5.0-mile mark that upon walking to a small ledge you have an unobstructed view of the valley between Licklog Ridge and Big Frog Ridge.
This trail is rated difficult and is not for the feint of heart. Near the top of Big Frog Mountain the trail junctions with the Hemp Top Trail of the Cohutta Wilderness. Take a right and the junction with Big Frog Trail and the summit of Big Frog Mountain is approximately 1/2 a mile. Hemp Top Trail passes a beautiful mountain spring on the left approximately 0.1 mile before the junction with Big Frog Trail.
The trailhead for Licklog Ridge begins in the Cherokee National Forest and is easy to miss since it is 100 meters up in the woods. Please view the directions below if you decide to go.
The trail begins climbing at a steep grade right from the start. After climbing a short distance the trail comes to an intersection of old forest service roads. There is a metal signpost pointing to the left. The trail begins another short steep climb on a wide roadbed where another metal signpost points to the right onto a footpath.
Now the trail hugs the right slope before leveling out to cross under power lines around a 1/2 a mile out. The trail keeps climbing coming to the wooden post marking the boundary for the Big Frog Wilderness around the mile mark. It continues climbing at an easy grade for another 0.3 of a mile where it levels out and it is possible to see the Ocoee River to the west.
For the next mile, the trail winds up and down the ridge with views to the west and east possible. Around mile 2.3 the trail levels out and enters a pretty section of a white Pine forest for the next 0.4 miles.
The next 2.3 miles consist of a lot of climbing with views of the east most of the way. The last 1.5 miles until the Overlook at mile 5 the trail enters a gorgeous section of holly on a tight ridge trail hugging the left side of Licklog Ridge with awesome views.
The overlook at mile 5 makes all the hard work worth it. There is a short side trail of a few feet to the west that takes you to a small rock that gives a hiker an unobstructed view to the west. After rainfall, the east fork of Rough Creek can be heard. Due north is a wonderful view of Big Frog Summit.
The next 0.6 miles are steep with the trail still hugging the left side of Licklog Ridge and great views to the east. The trail flattens out the last 0.3 miles before it junctions with Hemp Top Trail at mile 5.9.
"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:||11.8 m|
|To Overlook||5.0 m|
|Trailhead Elevation:||1,732 feet|
|End of Trail Elevation:||4,016 feet|
|Trail Junction:||Rough Creek, Hemp Top|
|Features:||Ridge Views, Overlook|