Also found on trail beside Laurel River, Madison County, NC (southern Appalachians)....he jumped in water while we were observing him. Would love to know what kind of frog he is.
Lithobates is a taxonomic name for a group of "true frogs", of the family Ranidae. This group of frogs has been defined as a separate genus. The name was defined by Hillis et al. for a subgenus of four Central and South American frogs within the genus Rana: