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Great hike! Can't believe the beautiful hike is in Georgia. Canyon floor was awesome, and the views were unbelievable. Like a little Grand Canyon!

3 days ago

Been to Panther Creek many times. Until today I’ve never gone from the Clarkesville trail head to the trail head at Yonah lake. 13.5 miles out and back. Such a great hike! Lots of stuff you have to get around but well worth it! After you pass the falls it becomes even more scenic. It also becomes much more difficult after the falls. I love it!

Good short hike with a killer view.

Fun hike. Doesn’t take long and trail is well marked.

12 days ago

This is a long one but the waterfall at the end is well worth it. I would stay away from this trail in the hotter months if you get overwhelmed easily. Definitely pack a snack and don't underestimate this one!

This Trail is generally steep and somewhat technical. It has three loops. one is easy, one is medium and one is definitely the most challenging. The trail needs a little bit of repair work. The leaves were thick when I was there and several trees had fallen in the trail. The Trail is easy to get to by car with the trailhead being right off the road. it also offers some very nice views. I mostly hiked the intermediate trail and you can get a great workout if you try to do it fast.

Great trail along the river!

Beautiful hike but can get crowded. Definitely plan to go early if you want more seclusion. My kids really enjoyed the trail as well.

Can get busy but beautiful hike. Lots of old growth. River views most of the way. Really cool vantage points along the way too. Falls are gorgeous.

Great hike! Follows the river the entire way and offers gorgeous views. Definitely wear boots/no slip shoes. Terrain is moderate and can be slippery. Worth the time, travel and energy!

Went today with friends. It was a busy trail. Lots of people were out enjoying the sun and nature. Moderate hike. Very muddy due to all the rain but the water falls were gorgeous. We made it to the end and climbed to the top to see the falls between the cliffs. I am so glad we chose this hike today. Highly recommended. Plan on 3 hours if you want to stop and take pictures along the way.

We like the stairs for exercise and views.

Love this trail! Easy hike, can be dangerous once you reach the falls if you plan to climb into it or climb further up past the falls. Fell down the waterfall one time, was not fun haha. Otherwise, the view is beautiful and it’s a rather relaxing hike.

20 days ago

Great trail. Easy in some areas, more moderate scrambles in others closer to the falls. Trail is suffering a bit with recent rain and very muddy and treacherous in a few spots. Trekking poles handy in these areas. If going in the next few days be prepared for lots of mud and slippery dead leaves on trail floor. Rewarding hike.

Great trail. The final incline at the end of the trail is a bit tricky, but the view is worth it. The trail also follows alongside a river, and my Labrador loved all of the water.

Trail was great! Trail follows water the whole way. Went early and I'm glad I did. Mostly had the trail to myself on the way in but on the way out there was quite a few people on the trail. Weather has been pretty rainy lately so the trail was pretty muddy but easy to follow. Side route to the top of falls is a little intimidating but can definitely be done. Got a little off the trail on the way back down from the top but fairly easy to get back on if you pay attention.

Quick hike to see amazing view and a little history lesson.

Really enjoyed this trail. Listening to the sound of the water the whole way made it that much better. I would rate this more of an easy-moderate trail. Passed a few families along the way. The multiple waterfalls and cliffs at the end make it a short but enjoyable hike.

Hiking 7 hours finished. Nice view.

26 days ago

I rate this as 5 star from the west trail head to the falls. 3 stars from the east trailhead. Treacherous beyond 2.5 miles. Not kept up and washed out.

Love this trail! Really should be rated as easy - it’s a gorgeous walk along the creek/falls. We saw a couple of water moccasins so be careful wading and swimming. We went on a weekday in August so it wasn’t too crowded, I could see it getting overly trafficked on weekends in summer/fall.

This is always a good, moderate hike. We did it on Christmas Day and wasn't as crowded as I thought. It's one of the most popular hikes in Georgia, so there are often big crowds on nice, warm weekend days. But the colder temps keep many away.

When you get to the falls area, be sure to hike up the hill a bit to see the actual falls, in between the rocks. If you are adventurous, you can climb up the roots on the right or climb/hike farther up the hill and can get to the top of the cliffs, overlooking the falls. You can even hike higher from there. It is a bit dicey, but not dangerous if you are careful.

A great hike. Could be dangerous in some areas.

Can’t wait to go back.

Is the park open today?

Nicely varied, historic trail. If you start climbing Kennesaw mountain, the rest is a glorious stroll. Alternatively, consider warming up by walking the outer loop first and coming back over the mntn. Expect plenty of traffic, or start early.

Beautiful falls

Absolutely beautiful the whole way through! It’s so nice walking along the water for most of the hike. There are several falls along the way to stop and admire. The trail is pretty rocky and rooty, which to me is more fun! We went after a rainy couple of days so the trail was muddy and we had to trudge through a few inches of water a couple times, but again, that makes it more fun in my opinion. ☺️ the falls at the end are just gorgeous. You can even have some fun climbing up a bit higher to get a birdseye view if you’re feeling really adventurous.

Beautiful hike! I enjoyed listening to the water the entire time. Trail is well maintained and the falls are easy to get to. I’ll definitely be doing this hike again in the future

Amazing trail but dangerous. Be careful if you go and it isn’t for the faint of heart or less than optimal health and fitness! If you can endure, it is worth every single step. All 23,000

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