Panthertown Valley. TR mi. Deep Gap. TR mi. Blackrock. TR mi. Rattlesnake Knob. TR mi. Green Valley. TR mi. Find many scenic places in Panthertown Valley in Nantahala National Forest in the North Carolina mountains Take a map or print the one for this hike below. Hike to Schoolhouse Falls in Panthertown Valley in Nantahala National Forest in the North Begin the hike to the right of the kiosk with a posted trail map.

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Cashiers pannthertown a popular vacation destination in Jackson County and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, located just 10 miles from Follow Panthertown Valley Trail downhill from the gate.

Hiking the Panthertown Valley

Approach via a skinny trail on the right side of the pool. Went early on a weekday and there were no other hikers on the trail though there were MANY on Panthertown Valley trail on the way back.

During the ‘s a private deelopment company bought the land and intended to turn it into yet another pantehrtown, upscale development, complete with a lake and golf course. All but unknown a decade ago the area has now lost its ‘hidden gem’ status but still provides enough rugged backcountry to keep it from feeling overcrowded. Tips The map panthrtown scroll and zoom, just like a normal Google Map. Take Cedar Creek Road for 2.

HikeWNC provides an older list with descriptions of some of the most popular trails in Panthertown Valley.

At the falls, Wilderness Valpey Trail goes to the right. Load the file directly into your GPS to help panfhertown your way on your next trip!


The wonderful volunteer group, Friends of Panthertown read about them belowprotects and maintains the public trails in Panthertown Valley spread out over 6, acres. This area is sometimes referred to as the “Yosemite of the East. We are a c 3 non-profit organization. Schoolhouse Falls, Panthertown Valley.

North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures » Panthertown Valley

Click a trail for more details and to download it individually. Forests recover, and they have done so fairly well since being destroyed nearly years ago. And like other areas including Graveyard Fields and the Smokies, fires started in the leftover logging debris and raged through the valley. Jackson County, North Carolina February 1, You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Panthertown attracts many outdoor enthusiasts including hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, rock climbers, photographers, anglers and birders. Vvalley only photographs, leave only footsteps. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Follow Friends of Panthertown on WordPress. No developed campgrounds are in the immediate area; however, many exist in the nearby towns from Brevard to Cashiers and Highlands.

This is vaoley large loop with a wide variety pwnthertown main attractions.

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Turn left on Little Green Trail You may want to grab a few copies for your friends. All this is available on the trails of Panthertown!

Jackson considers giving toward land conservation effort March 22, See above directions to NCexcept continue past on US 64 for 8 miles. Take US 64 East to Cashiers. They also have a GPS map with downloadable data you may wish to view.

Schoolhouse Falls, Panthertown Valley

You get to see waterfalls and views of Panthertown Valley on this trail. Many of the main roads and trails were originally built during that time, such as the gravel road that switches back down past Schoolhouse Falls.

We are hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, rock climbers, anglers, birders, scouts, and explorers. Signage on the ground has been completed, and some re-routes are now back in planning 3 years later, including an important one on the Wilderness Falls trail.


The cascade freefalls into a panthertoan pool that is safe for swimming and wading. Exposed rock, heather and vallsy, and views for miles make it worth the uphill trek.

You absolutely must check out Schoolhouse Falls, which offers the incredible experience of walking 30 feet or so behind the curtain of a waterfall, with a cold pool out front for swimming and a beach full of crushed mica and garnets.

The valley contains a network of hiking trails that vlley to a variety of popular destinations panthertiwn this acre tract of high-elevation Forest Service land. An amazing place with great campsites, hiking and views. Most of the trails themselves remain unchanged, however. There are no facilities available here — no electricity, no restrooms, no water fountains, no trash cans.

The main Panthertown Valley trail connects the two main parking areas in the valley. Here is our interactive GPS map of the valley with downloadable data. Sorry, panthertodn blog cannot share posts by email. Salt Rock Gap provides excellent views of the entire Panthertown Valley area from its rock face photo at very top of pageincluding dome-like faces of Big Green Mountain Summit and Little Green Mountain.

Ranger Office There are no facilities, ranger offices or visitor centers at Panthertown.