Nantahala National Forest
Highlands Ranger District
2010 Flat Mountain Rd,
Highlands, N.C. 28741
HIGHLIGHTS: Panthertown Valley is located in western North Carolina and has 6,295 acres of protected public land in the Nantahala National Forest. Panthertown lies on the eastern continental divide in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and is occasionally referred to as “the Yosemite of the East” for the it’s deep gorges, broad valleys, mountain bogs and granitic rock domes, tranquil creeks and plunging waterfalls.
This hike to Panthertown Creek begins at Cold Mountain Gap and desends along a combination of Forest Roads and hiking trails past Schoolhouse Falls and onto the main corridor trail for Panthertown Valley. Panthertown Creek runs between the two main trailheads at Salt Rock and Cold Mountain Gap.