Polk County Highpoint Trip Report
Big Frog Mtn (4,224 ft)
Date: May 2, 2005
Author: Roy Schweiker
If the USGS maps are correct, Big Frog Mountain lies at the juncture of the Big
Frog, Cohutta, and Big Frog Mountain Wildernesses and thus would be a three-fer HP.
It is a fine, eastern hike with easy walking and moderate grades but
westerners may be disappointed with the lack of views. The driving directions
were comforting in this featureless area, although actually I found the
trailhead using the Forest map and there was a large signboard proving I was at
the right place.
I went up the Chestnut Mountain Trail and the discrepancy in distance Fred
Lobdell notes may be because a foot path stays on the ridge while the horse
trail makes a long switchback not shown on the USGS map. The Wolf Ridge Trail
had been recently pruned and there was evidence of use by horse and bear.
There is actually a 6-way junction near the summit if you count the side path to the
campsite; note carefully the way you came up as none of them is signed.
I did not bring my 100-foot steel tape so I could not determine which estimate of the
distance left to the HP was correct.
I drove out the other way for variety. The rough road continues 1.8 miles to a
fine parking lot for Jacks River Falls, then a better road for 4.3 more miles to
FR 221 2.3 miles south of Sylco Campground.