Big Frog Trail is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Copperhill, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I hiked to the summit from FS 221, looping back on the Fork Ridge (#69) and Rough Creek trails (#70).
For a designated wilderness, I was surprised to find the trails so well marked and maintained. Only Grassy Gap (#67), marked by a cairn at its spur coming off the Chimney Top, had no posted sign.
Just one substantial blow-down on the 12 mile route - near the bottom of Rough Creek before the ascent back up to #64.
Nice camping areas abound, particularly at each trail intersection.
A kind wilderness!
excellent uphill hike traversing the big frog wilderness area from its northern boundary to its southern border. the trail ends at an intersection atop the summit of big frog mountain. there are numerous types of interesting flora and fauna along this trail, and a handful of campsites scattered throughout.
Update. Have now completed to top of Big Frog. Forest service says 5.5 miles. Round trip on my GPS put the round trip at 12.8 miles. The first leg up to intersection of trails 67 and 73 is pretty easy. The next section up to the BMT intersection is a steady uphill climb. Definitely the hardest part of the trail. Just below Chimney Top we encountered a family of black bear. We watched them forage for about fifteen minutes until they went on their way. Continued steady climb through two mountain laurel tunnels. Very cool. Limited views at top even though you're at 4,222 feet. Signed the logbook and headed back to the jeep. Round trip time was just over four hours.
We only hiked Trail 64 to the Trail 70 intersection and back as we had limited time but wanted to get some walking in. Only saw one other person on the trail. The first stretch of the trail was all uphill at least to the sign marking the entrance to the Wilderness Area, but then leveled off. Would recommend hiking late fall to early spring while the leaves are off the trees to take advantage of the vistas, which are blocked when the trees are full of leaves. Will definitely come back later in the season and hike the entire trail.
The trail is a quite nice hike. It took us about 3 h to the top (5.5 miles) and less than 2 h back to the parking lot. Only the view from the top is disappointing, you can't see anything but trees.
These are some moderate trails with some decent views in the Big Frog Wilderness. They seem to be pretty remote, as far as amount of people on them. Plenty of options to choose from for a route in and out. We have made a few routes through this area in conjuction with The Cohutta Wilderness to the south.