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I pulled this short trip starting May 23 to June 2, 2011, and here's the trip report.
Thunder Rock parking area: Last year I called the Ocoee Whitewater Center and asked them if I could leave my car there for several days during a backpacking trip into the Big Frog/Cohutta---they said no and directed me to the Thunder Rock Campground parking area, a big lot with room for many cars.
Near the end of the West Fork trail 303 you reach the jct with the Rough Creek trail which turns to the right. I keep going straight where the West Fork and the Rough Creek trails share the same tread for a ways.
After many miles on the dry Hemp Top South trail, I reach Penitentiary Branch trail which in 3.6 miles takes me down to Jacks River. I finally get off the BMT. We must be in a drought cuz this is one dry place.
Here's another view.
After a long 8-plus mile day of hiking I reach the Conasauga River at Bray Fields and here's the trailsign at the Hickory Creek ford. My goal is Panther Creek but I decide to go up the Conasauga five crossings and camp.
DAY 7 TO CONTINUE