Panther Branch Trail is a moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tellico Plains, TN that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Beautiful hike, but overgrown with dog hobble and rhododendron. Many small stream crossings that can be rock hopped over. I could get to top of waterfall, but could not get to the bottom of it on this trip. It looked like the cave was down there also. Did not see a trail to get to waterfall and would have to go thru some thick underbrush to get to it. Definitely will return when less leaves and more water. Didn't make it to end...maybe another waterfall elsewhere. Previous comments noted two.? .......previous recordings are from panther branch trail in frozen head state park, whereas I recorded panther branch trail in Tellico plains! No emory or debord falls here. Just one that u need to cut thru underbrush to get to
Amazing. My friend an her daughter and Myself and my 6 year old did this last weekend and they loved it. Great hike
Our group took Panther Branch Trail to Panther Branch Camp and loved it. The trail is extremely easy, if your looking for a short family friendly hike. The backcountry campsite is very well maintained and within a few feet of water for re-supply. On the way to the camp you will come across Debord Falls and Emory Gap Falls, a short spur trail (Emory Gap Trail) leads you to this area. This forest is beautiful and a must see for a nice day of hiking.
We took the S. Old Mac Mtn. Trail up to the observation tower atop Frozen Head Mtn. Then we followed N. Old Mac Mtn. trail down To the Panther Branch trail on which we descended the 1800 ft. we gained on the hike up. It is a very steep and super narrow trail at times. Watch your step!!!!