Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Nantahala National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Panthertown is covered in intersecting trails, so have a map or this app ready for reference. The trail itself is a wide road until you reach the intersection at the beginning of the loop. We went right first. The trail was super muddy and waterlogged, so wear your waterproof shoes. Once on top of Little Green, the views are amazing! Exposed rock, heather and moss, and views for miles make it worth the uphill trek. It’s a great place to stop and take a water break. Once you’re at the bottom of the loop, the fall is right there with a large pool for you to swim/wade in. Be mindful of dogs and horses on this trail, and other campers. Overall, it was super fun and would definitely go back. I’d recommend it for the intermediate hiker.

1st time on the trail to get back into walking and loved it.

Pretty lake views. Great for taking your non hiker friends who are stressed by incline.

It is hard! Great views in the fall with the foliage

hiking
1 month ago

Didn’t quite make it to the outlook because we ran out of daylight but it’s very peaceful and I highly suggest going down to the water. It’s very beautiful and refreshing!

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoy hikes that make me work for a view...I even enjoy hikes that are really strenuous without even offering a great view. I just enjoy feeling the burn. AND...this hike definitely deserves the title of most challenging. We started around 1:45 PM, taking our time, enjoying the scenery and the light drizzle of TS Florence on our skin. According to my FitBit tracker, we arrived at the fire tower after 7.32 miles. Another 7.52 miles (we made a small detour with our dogs to explore the trail to the parking lot at the top) and we arrived back at the car.

Most definitely pack a lot of water, and plenty of food to fuel the hike back. The return is pleasurably painful, but It's worth every moment. Almost 15 miles.

Easy walking. The north end is more scenic than the south. At present the ends are closed to through traffic which is good because vehicles raise dust. Nice waterfalls at the north end. Abundant wildflowers

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great flowing trails. Clear and clean. Took the entire family even my 5 yr old bmx track racer had fun. Well his breaks went out on a downhill fun causing him to eat it at the turn but all in all was a fun trail and lots of options to take harder trails.

walking
1 month ago

Hard is right!

delightful. precisely as described.

walking
1 month ago

Came across this trailhead by accident while turning around in N.C. heading to GA line. Walked a majority of the loop and it was well marked and maintained. Going to be back kayaking in September.

You get to see waterfalls and views of Panthertown Valley on this trail. The hardest part of the trail was the climb to the summit of Little Green Mountain after Schoolhouse Falls, but it really wasn't too tough. My only complaint is that it's really easy to wander off the main trail on the summit since it's not marked well. Watch for a couple of white arrows on the granite and green trail blaze markers. Using this app definitely helped guide me back on track. Depending on how much rain has fallen recently, parts of the trail near Greenland Creek could be muddy. A water crossing at Greenland Creek was shin deep when I went.

I thought this was the best trail in the area. Went early on a weekday and there were no other hikers on the trail though there were MANY on Panthertown Valley trail on the way back

Easy hike. You need to take the side trails for most of the waterfalls and balds. A lot of day hikers. Many camping sites but only saw one other set of campers that day/night

bear encounter

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice easy trail. Well marked and enjoyed the numerous plants that were identified with signage. The trail is shared with bikers but everyone we encountered was respectful and courteous.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for me and my dog. The end is a little more of a climb than the rest but overall a good hike. The trail was overgrown in a few areas and several felled trees across the trail but that didn’t slow us down much. I’d love to do it again, especially if they clean it up.

Great exercise. Limited viewpoints was only negative

Panthertown is my home and is run by a great conservation group. This is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Don't be afraid to get your paws wet.

I took a guided hike led by the conservation group. A little steep in a few spots for my over the hill owners. They just took their time and stopped to breath a lot. The rest of the group had no problems. Those young bucks. Dog friendly.

Enjoy.

Five woofs!

There is definitely some discrepancy in the length. Sign at the bottom says 5.5 to Cheoah Bald. Sign .5 from Cheoah Bald says 6 to the parking area off 143. I think I clocked 11 Total. It’s a beautiful forest hike, “rolling” up and down both ways. I’m sure the view at the top is spectacular, but between 11-12 today I couldn’t see much of anything. Beautiful wildflowers near the top. Trail was is great shape, though it is pretty narrow the entire way. I don’t think this trail is super difficult, but as a long distance runner I may not be the best judge! It was fairly busy today, a Monday.

trail isn't overgrown or full of poison ivy. we read that review, decided to hike it anyways, and to our pleasant surprise it was amazing today. definitely hard work, but well worth it.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great flowing trails. Actual mileage of all trails is more than 14 miles. Will definitely go again.

Very pretty, loved the small waterfalls and sandy beach areas to chill. Saw a bear cub, luckily momma bear didn't appear. Diverse terrain. Lots of trails that can be confusing. Make sure you have a good map!

lightly marked but the paths are clear. it was an awesome day hike and I was glad to see a bunch of people out hiking the trails aswell.

the trail started off good. it was moderately challenging and not crowded which is,a huge plus the week of 4th of july. unfortunately we turned back a mile and half in to the trek because the trail was over grown and full of poison ivy.

Before you go, it is actually 13 miles. There is only one water source at Locust Cove. The view at Cheoah Bald was beautiful. We went at the beginning of July. It's warm at times but we never got too hot. Enjoyed the hike quite a bit.

great trail! we hiked with our three teenagers and three dogs and had a great time! beautiful area, wish there was more ways to be closer to the stream

on Tsali Right Loop

3 months ago

Nice walk by the lake, with pretty of places to take a swim. Trail could be marked a little better and I did notice a few well worn side trails. Over a nice walk

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