Saturday, May 6 – Big Frog Mountain, 10.8 miles, difficult, 2320’ el. gain. This is the highest mountain in the area, with some good views. We’ll first enjoy a drive past beautiful Parksville Lake (aka Ocoee Lake) and then admire the rafts and kayaks and other whitewater craft working their way down the wild Ocoee River. We’ll head into the woods on Forest Road 45 by Thunder Creek. Three miles later, turn right onto FR 221 and find the trailhead in half a mile. Both forest roads are in good shape. So is the Big Frog Trail, which has a mostly steady grade up the mountain, through a thick forest and very impressive rhododendron tunnels. Pat yourself on the back when you finish this one. Check the weather forecast and choose appropriate layers; wear hiking shoes or boots; bring snacks and/or lunch along with more water than you think you need; and gather up hiking poles, rain jacket, sunscreen, and insect repellent as needed. For carpooling/caravanning from Chattanooga, meet in the parking area near the gas station at Food City in Ooltewah, right off I-75 exit 11, at 8:30 am ET. https://bit.ly/3dwmbxn Please register with hike leader Betsy Darken, (423) 718-2060.
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