Rock Creek Trail is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Copperhill, Tennessee that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a loop trail but you do have to walk on the side of Highway 64 for a little ways. If you go during the week or non-busy hiking season you will be the only one on the trail. There are also white blaze markers along the Rock Creek portion but they are old and some are gone due to age or the tree rotted. There are a lot of trees down due to the tornadoes in the area this year so there is a lot of climbing over dead falls, which is fun but have to be careful to not lose the trail in a couple of them. Usually the trail is very easy to follow but its getting more difficult which is also good. We had bear activity when we hiked but not any problems with them. Once at the intersection of the Dry Pond Lead trail on the way to Highway 64 the blaze makers are very easy to find. They are white and diamond shaped. Still one of my funnest day hikes. Mostly because of no people.
The parking area right off HWY 64 is rather limited and if there are other cars in the lot could be difficult to maneuver in. Someone thought the parking area was their personal dump and left a large pile of trash, which of course was pilfered through by animals.
The trail drops off for the first 1/2 mile along Laurel Creek and then begins a steady ascend for the next several miles into the Little Frog Wilderness Area. Because it is a Wilderness Area there are no trail markings, however, the trail is very easy to follow. After the gap, the trail descends a bit rapidly to Rock Creek. It follows along Rock Creek for about a 1/2 mile and makes a nice place to stop for a snack. If you are looking for a creek hike there are plenty around that offer creeks as nice or nicer without the 3 mile climb through the mountains.
We continued up the trail to the intersection with the BMT and followed that back down to Ocoee Dam Three. We crossed the HWY and picked up Rhododendron Trail #332 back over to the Ocoee Whitewater Center. The only downside to this route was we had to walk the last 1/2 mile or so on the HWY back to the Rock Creek Trailhead