Explore the most popular trail running trails near Copperhill with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

18 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.

26 days ago

Hiked this trail today and found that the work we all did a few weeks ago clearing out up to Hemptop was well worth it and the trail looked great. From Hemptop to Double Spring Gap was an even grade down slope. Was surprised at the preponderance of mature eastern white pine at Double Spring Gap. It is clear that the western spring is more reliable and I would expect it to be reliable even during drought. The steep trail up to Licklog Ridge is pure brutality. On top of the gradient, the eroded shale treadway made for difficult traction. Once past Licklog Trail I was again struck by the size of the black cherries in this area up to Big Frog Mountain. Note that there is a good spring right to the west, immediately below the top. Unfortunately, no good late summer views from Big Frog, but did chill out and munch on some wild hawthorn berries, like I do. Needless to say the track back south was substantially tempered by the earlier saga of going up, and made the long climb back up Hemptop fairly relaxed. I have come to feel that the Cohuttas will be amazing if allowed to continue to grow undisturbed for the next 50 years or so. In the meantime I just have to imagine what that will look like and continue to explore.

1 month ago

After summiting Big Frog from the Big Frog trail, I tried to loop back around connecting to Wolf Ridge via Hemptop. Took me 10 minutes of walking around in circles at the summit to try to find the trail. I finally found it (I think) VERY overgrown in the direction the sign pointed. Was wearing shorts and irritated the heck out of my legs. There are no blazes that I saw, only a lone cairn or two. Fought my way down the "trail" for about an hour and then lost the trail in an open area with a bunch of fallen trees. Searched for 30 min with no luck. Had to backtrack through all the brush again. Would like to come from the other direction and see where it comes out. Make sure you're comfortable navigating yourself in the wilderness!

Beautiful hike with lots of flowers along the trail. It can get overgrown as very quiet trail, so if your taking dogs beware of ticks, our dogs I am sure left some behind but brought a lot of passengers home!

Pretty easy hike!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Awesome trail. If you go from Boyd gap to brush creek it’s pretty much 7 miles of down hill. Couple trees down probably from storms we had last week but other than that it was awesome. Be careful on the bridge I almost wiped out because it was so slick.

It was ok. Lots of loose rocks from all the rain but a nice hike and very nice views of the mountains.

Parked at the power plant. It starts right across the road from there. There aren't really any signs that say the River Loop Trail. You start out on the Benton trail, and it is all uphill for a couple miles. Then the Benton trail goes left and for this trail you go right. After that there are not many more markers for the rest of the trail. It was mid January, and the trail was simply following the flat leaves on the ground. It was pretty easy to follow, until the first creek crossing. Then there were down trees blocking the path making it very hard to find. Thank goodness for the map that had already been recorded on All trails, by Rick. Really kept me on track. When you get to the road, its a good couple miles back to the powerplant, via the road and Rhododendron Trail. I'm 55 and in fairly decent shape, and this thing wore me out. But man, I enjoyed it.

9 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.

Went hiking during the week. Well maintained, lots of tracks from bikes narrow could be dangerous during the weekend. Nice sparkling views of the lake.

great family hike

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Excellent trail. Well maintained. You can get a great flow going.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Followed the tip and parked at the campground. Started at the power plant on BMT. Shortly after making the turn onto the rock creek trail, the trail became pretty overgrown and hard to follow. it got better ~4 Miles in but not as well traveled as the BMT. We pushed through with our two kids 7 & 13 and made the full loop (10.5 Miles). Nice walk in the woods!

mountain biking
Friday, September 29, 2017

Great trail. Well maintained.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017


mountain biking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Started trial at brush creek and ended at Boyd gap parking lot then easy down hill on road back to parking. Overall good ride fairly easy with the exception on the last couple of miles.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

One of my favorites!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great spot to hike, kayak and ride. Excellent gift shop inside the center, lots of good info regarding the Ocoee Whitewater center. Good products sold as well from literature to Kavu, northface, Patagonia gear.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Easy hike until Big Frog ascent. Great views. Trail from Double Springs to Big Frog summit is not in great shape partly because it mostly goes straight up the fall line and has turned into a rocky wash.

mountain biking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fast and flowy trail with many elevation changes. Great trail which never gets boring.

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, January 16, 2017

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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

good trail but too many bicyclist

Monday, September 05, 2016

The peak is not marked and slightly off trail not easily found with no September vista views. The trail is mostly fine but overgrown in many areas with thorny canes difficult to navigate in shorts.
If you calculate the peak distance and you're not sure you're there - stop and don't continue North or downhill, you'll end up in Tennessee
Bring water.

This is a nice remote trail. There are a few overgrown portions but still fairly easy to navigate.

Great hike with views of the river. We parked at Boyd Gap parking area and took the Brush Creek Trail head on the left side. Do the full loop to get the river views. The parking area had a pretty spectacular view of the mountains as well.

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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I've only done the brush creek to boyd gap run on my bike, but it's a really fun ride. it is not a one way trail though and is a popular biking spot especially on weekends, so going around blind curves is a little scary. Aside from potential collisions, it is nice.

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