TRAILS USED: Panthertown Creek, Tuckasegee River, Granny Burrell Falls Trails
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Light to Heavy
TRIP TYPE: Day or Overnight Hike
MORE INFORMATION: Nantahala National Forest Highlands Ranger District 2010 Flat Mountain Rd, Highlands, N.C. 28741 (828) 526-3765
HIGHLIGHTS: The National Forest Service acquired Panthertown Valley in 1989 from Duke Power in a deal coordinated by the Nature Conservancy. Surprisingly, the area is still relatively wild with no blazes on the trails and only a few primitive campsites. However there are an amazing number of waterfalls that are packed into a relatively small area and many have pools at their base which make for a great place to swim or fish. Just make sure you take a map and compass on your hike. There are many intersecting trails in the area and route finding can be difficult. On this hike, you’ll have a chance to see the major waterfalls in the valley including Warden Falls, Schoolhouse Falls and Granny Burrell Falls. The route also takes you past the Sandbar Pool and the only shelter in Panthertown Valley.