FIRST TIMERS ONLY: 8 mile hike to Pressley Cove in the Little Frog Wilderness

Haven't hiked with us yet?  Here's your chance! This hike is limited to folks who have not yet hiked with TN Wild. If you have hiked with us previously, we ask that you do not register for this outing. Registration for this outing will open on June 26.

This moderately 8-mile hike of the Rock Creek & Dry Pond Lead Trails takes us into beautiful & secluded Pressley Cove. The first three miles of this hike will involve a steady climb on the Rock Creek Trail.  At the end of mile 3, we will crest the ridge, and drop into Pressley Cove.  Here, the sounds of Hwy 64 disappear. We'll drop down one mile into the bottom of a densely wooded gorge and enjoy lunch along a beautiful creek, surrounded by big trees.

After lunch, we will continue along the Rock Creek Trail and marvel at the moss, plunge pools and cascades along the creek. We will soon start climbing out of the gorge.  At mile 5~ we will reach the junction of the Dry Pond Lead Trail.  Here, we will stop and discuss the Tennessee Wilderness Act, which, when passed, will expand wilderness protection in the Little Frog Wilderness by 978 acres.

After our chat and water break, we will follow the Dry Pond Lead Trail (a/k/a Benton MacKaye Trail) mostly downhill to our waiting vehicles. We will have left several vehicles at our starting trailhead 3~ miles away, so we will shuttle to get those vehicles.

Questions? Call hike leader Jeff Hunter at[masked]

At least 3 liters of water are recommended on this hike due to distance, elevation gain, and the summer heat. None of the climbing is particularly steep, but it is still uphill.

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  • Jane G.

    Loved it!

    August 11, 2013

  • Charles C.

    Nice group of hikers, really enjoyed it!

    August 10, 2013

  • Puspa

    Excellent

    August 10, 2013

  • Jerri

    Missed it! When will this happen again?

    August 10, 2013

  • Melody B.

    The forecast looks pretty bleak with chances of thunderstorms. Sorry but I'll pass this time.

    August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bummer. We should be through before the storms hit in the afternoon.

      August 10, 2013

  • Melody B.

    Would anyone like to carpool from the Chattanooga/Hixson or Cleveland area?

    August 9, 2013

  • Puspa

    Thanks, I will see you at the white water center in the morning.

    August 9, 2013

  • Bobby

    Looks like no spots opened up, ya'll be safe and have a good time.

    August 9, 2013

  • Puspa

    Jeff,
    I RSVPd a while ago and it accepted it. However, I wanted to double check before I show up tomorrow. Am I eligible to take this hike?
    Puspa

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Due to the fact that I need to drop my dogs off at the Vet at 7am, we will meet at the Ocoee Whitewater Center at 8:15am. Do not pay for parking. There is free 30 minute parking where we will meet. Please be sure to bring plenty of water and a bag lunch! Questions? Call me. Jeff[masked]

    August 9, 2013

    • Jane G.

      What is best way to carry that much water, recommended shoes, long or short pants, smooth or over grown trails, backpacks recommended or required, any other basic details got this Newby?

      August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A daypack with water bottles. If you don;t have nalgenes, you can simply buy 2 1-liter bottles. I would recommend long pants, but not jeans. Something synthetic. The trail is pretty well maintained, but there are brambles here & there. I hope that answers your question. Jeff[masked]

      August 9, 2013

  • Jane G.

    Guest may have daughters, age limit?

    August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is not so much an age limit as an ability limit. This is an 8 mile hike with a pretty good climb. Participants need to be in good shape. Plus, we have a strict limit of 12 participants due to the fact that this hike is in a wilderness area. The Forest Service regs limit groups to 12. Looking forward to meeting you! Jeff[masked]

      August 9, 2013

  • Amy W.

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it.

    August 3, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    Sorry plans changed I will not be able to join the group. I will try to catch the next trip.

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's try and fill this hike. Not only is this the last hike I will lead for TN Wild (as a FT employee), but it is my last day as a FT employee. I move to California 3-4 days later. So.... join me!
    Jeff[masked]

    July 31, 2013

  • Sandy

    Such a perfect trip! Hate that I have to cancel.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited to see this outing has filled! We have a wait list, so if your plans change, please change your RSVP. More info as we get closer.
    Jeff[masked]

    July 24, 2013

  • Michele J.

    I wish the other groups would do this!! I appreciate your explanation and it makes a lot of sense. I am very sorry I had to cancel for the trip Saturday. Wish I could go on this one :)

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you wonder why we delay registration, here's the explanation. When we schedule a hike 3 months ahead, they often fill immediately, then have an attrition rate of over 50%. We prefer to delay registration and give people an opportunity to sort out their schedules.

    April 16, 2013

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