Big Frog Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4015 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

views

22 days ago

a wilderness trail which is tough unless you are a seasoned hiker. I have had to rescue many folks from this mountain. Mostly from ankle, hip and shoulder injuries from falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail at the beginning of April. The trail was very well maintained overall with the first mile or two a quick, yet manageable incline before becoming steady and quite peaceful. After maybe mile 2 or so it becomes a steady, challenging ascent to the summit. There was an area that I could see becoming slightly overgrown in the summer but would still be manageable. I enjoyed the view towards the summit, though there were plenty of trees around that steal any good chance for a 360 view. Definitely a hike worth doing. Saw no bear or really any wildlife. I had no trouble getting to the trailhead once on the dirt road, but be aware the dirt road is located behind some utility facility, which could be somewhat hard to find at first since you actually have to pull into the lot of the facility and find the dirt road behind it.

backpacking
2 months ago

For a couple of guys from South MIssissippi, we found this trail very enjoyable. We did it as part of a loop between Big Frog Trail and Licklog Trail. There were some blown down trees, but that's hiking. Very nice campsites throughout the trail. We decided to camp at the top of Big Frog Mountain. It's a tough trail with a backpack on but well worth the time. There is a potential water source east of the campsite. On the hike out, we came across a spring about 1/4 mile out. You can't miss the field of moss covered rocks. There were some signs of bear and other animals but we had no problems with any critters.

2 months ago

This trail is actually 11 miles round trip, not 9. It's a good hike with 2,000 feet in elevation gain. Not too scenic. I think some sections may be a little difficult with the overgrowth of vegetation. I really enjoyed it though.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a fun trail to hike. I went with a group of guys and we all go to Lee University. We hiked this trail for about 2 hours in the day light and then hiked the rest by flashlights. It was a pretty hard hike up the mountain but the views were awesome.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

Difficult trail, very natural and unmaintained. Lots of logs down this past summer 2016.

hiking
4 months ago

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!

8 months ago

Saturday, May 07, 2016

camping
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

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.

hiking
Saturday, April 05, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, January 13, 2014

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.