Wolf Ridge Trail

HARD 11 reviews
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Wolf Ridge Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Copperhill, Tennessee that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
1,870 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




trail running


Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, P.O. Box 23170, 320 Sixth Avenue, North , Nashville, TN, 37202, Phone: 615-741-2158

14 days ago

The road to Beech Bottom was impassable and so we ended up going here after reading some reviews. I could see why somebody would like this as a winter trail because the views through the trees are incredible but this trail needs some SERIOUS maintenance. We went over/under 28 downed trees. Everything is super overgrown and thorny! We left bruised and bleeding. Sometimes it’s hard to even find the trail. There are NO real campsites!!!!!

As others have mentioned, if you’re trying to get to the summit via hemp top trail you have about two more miles to go past the end point listed here. We pushed on to the top of the ridge hoping for views before we lost the trail/gave up and backtracked to a very provincial campsite in the middle of the trail - there is very little flat ground.

We saw one other person the entire time we were there and he seemed very surprised to see us. He dropped a hint about lots of wildlife and sure enough we saw/smelled fresh scat and noticed substantial hog rooting.

TLDR: Bottom line is this trail has a lot of potential but needs some work. No good, clear views. No water. No campsites. Very rugged. I would NOT recommend going alone.

8 months ago

Beautiful rugged trail with sprawling winter views. The parking area gate to the summit of Big Frog Mountain is 4.4 miles with 2,500 ft of elevation gain. If you do this hike on a cold-ish winter day, do not underestimate how cold and windy it will be on the ridgeline. There's a lot of downed trees and overgrowth but it's worth it.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Thick woods and up hills. This area is overlooked in my opinion. Awesome kayaking below and tons of trails to venture out in, seems like a bit of the unknown to many.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Just a note to those using this App. where it says you are at the end of the trail marked by the red line, you are at least 2.5 miles from the 4100 ft summit. you have to continue up some very steep rugged terrain to reach the top.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Narrow trail in places and overgrown, but a nice hike. We took this trail and connected to another (grassy gap?). Total 7.8 miles. Nice views in winter and very peaceful

Monday, May 09, 2016

I adore this place. It's so peaceful. however, because of how deep it goes and how quiet it does get, I wouldn't go by yourself. That being said, it's a nice hike if you've got a dog or a friend as a tagalong.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Just a heads up for anyone reading the reviews to hike Wolf Ridge. Don't go on these directions or Lucas's review. He wasn't on Wolf Trail. Totally wrong. Directions is to Rock Creek Trail. Don't want you to get mixed up. Happy Hiking

Monday, January 13, 2014

Easy to moderate backpacking.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Solitude....That is what you find along this trail. Trailhead is in the middle of nowhere and the trail itself leads deep into the Cohutta Wilderness. I have hiked this trail in summer on cleanup patrol. If I had not had a group cleaning the trail as we went, going would have been very tough. Winter, early spring, and late fall are the prime times to visit this off the beaten path trail. The trail is narrow but easy walking in most places. It runs the ridges allowing for breathtaking winter views off either side. Downside to the great views are the bitter winds of winter along these ridges. 3 years ago I was near the top of Frog Mtn. when a sudden snow blew in. Huge wet flakes fell for a couple of hours transforming the landscape into something from a fairy tale. Yet after that experience i do not hike this trail alone anymore.

11 months ago

Sunday, January 04, 2015