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:

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 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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