Wolf Ridge Trail is a 2.7-mile footpath that begins in the Cherokee National Forest and traverses the top of Wolf Ridge which is part of the Tennessee Valley/Blue Ridge Divide. Wolf Ridge marks the western boundary of Big Frog Wilderness and runs north to south and offering unobstructed views of the Tennessee Valley.
The trail begins at an elevation of 1700 feet and ends on Chesnut Mountain a spur of Big Frog Mountain at 3000 feet where it junctions with the Hemp Top Trail of the Cohutta Wilderness.
From the trailhead, it starts off following the now-closed Forest Service Road 221E for 0.3 miles before coming to a trail sign on the right pointing the direction for the footpath.
The trail immediately begins climbing at an easy grade and views into the lower valley are possible within a short distance. As the trail climbs the views become better.
The trail hugs the right side of Wolf Ridge near or on top of it for most of its distance. The trail comes to a switchback marked by a trail sign and continues on its way up around the 1-mile mark.
The next mile to Grassy Gap and its namesake trail is just wonderful. A beautiful ridge trail that continues offering amazing views of the Tennessee Valley.
For a ridge trail, it is excellently maintained with little to no deadfall or it was designed in a way that minimizes deadfall.
The higher the trail climbs the less unobstructed the views of the Tennessee Valley. It is highly recommended to go on a clear blue day.
Chestnut Mountain starts to come into view near Grassy Gap. Hemp Top Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness traverses its ridge before it junctions with Wolf Ridge Trail.
At the 2.0 mile mark, the trail comes to the T-intersection with the Grassy Gap Trail at an elevation of 2500 feet. It is marked by an idyllic tree which is a great area for a break with the wonderful view of the valley below. Grassy Gap also marks the boundary of the Big Frog Wilderness.
The 5.0-mile Grassy Gap Trail has no equivalent in the combined Cohutta/Big Frog Wilderness. It literally hugs the midslope on arguably the steepest terrain in the combined wilderness intersecting with the Big Creek Trail before ending at the 4-way trail intersection of Grassy Gap, Big Frog, and Yellow Lead Stand Trail.
From Grassy Gap, Wolf Ridge Trail continues another 0.7 miles climbing 500 feet before it junctions with Hemp Top Trail.
"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:||5.4 m|
|To Grassy Gap & Back:||4.0 m|
|Trailhead Elevation:||1,700 feet|
|End of Trail Elevation:||3,000 feet|
|Trail Junctions:||Grassy Gap, Hemp Top|
|Features:||Ridge Views, Grassy Gap Overlook|