PANTHERTOWN CREEK (VIA SALT ROCK GAP)

Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: Breedlove Rd (Salt Rock Gap)
Trip Ends: Breedlove Rd (Salt Rock Gap)
Total Distance: 4.2 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Panthertown Creek Trail
Trail Traffic: Light to Moderate
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:

Panthertown Valley is a 6,311-acre wilderness located in the Nantahala National ForestĀ in Western North Carolina. It is on the Eastern Continental Divide and located between the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains. The National Forest Service acquired Panthertown Valley in 1989 from Duke Power in a deal coordinated by the Nature Conservancy.

Panthertown Valley is open to both hiking and backpacking, and there are a number of waterfalls to explore in this relatively small area. Most have pools at their base which make for great swimming and/or fishing. Panthertown is also a bear sanctuary and their has been increased bear activity in the area over the last decade. On this hike, you follow a corridor trail through the heart of Panthertown Valley and join up with Panthertown Creek, a shallow stream in the center of the gorge.


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