West Fork Trail

Black Bear

Big Frog Wilderness

Map of West Fork Trail

Aqua Blue Line is West Fork Trail

Red Lines indicate the Ocoee Trail System

Section 11 of the Benton MacKaye Trail(BMT) shares the same pathway as West Fork Trail(WFT).

WFT intersects with Rough Creek Trail(RCT) in the Big Frog Wilderness. Access from RCT usually comes from the east and will be described coming from the Fork Ridge Trail.

From the intersection of Fork Ridge and Rough Creek Trail(RCT) take a left and hike 0.6 miles and the RCT will cross the West Fork of Rough Creek twice almost back to back.

2 trail signs marked by poles(No Signs) exist at the intersection with West Fork and Rough Creek Trail.

At the first signpost, the trail takes a right and 100 feet beyond RCT turns sharply left and upslope which is marked by a second signpost.

WFT continues straight ahead on an old road with a long easy descent. The trail continues 0.6 miles and crosses over the West Fork of Rough Creek near a remain of an old culvert. It immediately recrosses the West Fork of Rough Creek again near another old culvert leaving Big Frog Wilderness at mile 0.7.

The trail continues gradually descending and at the 1.3-mile mark, the trail crosses another stream at an elevation of 1670 feet.

CAUTION: Immediately beyond, the BMT and WFT will turn left off the old roadbed and climb along a graded trail through a dense forest. At mile 1.7 the trail intersects with another old roadbed on a ridgeline at an elevation of 1820 feet.

The trail continues a gradual incline for the next 0.7 miles intersecting with FS221 at mile 2.4. To continue on the BMT cross FS221 and there are trail signs pointing the way to the BMT and other trails leading to the Ocoee River.

Directions

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.

West Fork
Distance: 2.4 miles
Access: Interior
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900 ft
Rough Creek/Fork Ridge: 2,260 ft
West Fork Low Elevation: 1,670 ft
Difficulty: Easy
Trail Junctions: Rough Creek, Benton MacKaye
Maintenance(1-10): 9
Scenery(1-10): 8
Features: West Fork Creek, Benton MacKaye

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