Panther Creek Trail

MODERATE 330 reviews

Panther Creek Trail is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Turnerville, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2073 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

scramble

washed out

Panther Creek Trail is along US 441, 14 miles North of Cornelia. Turn left, following the sign, onto Glen Hardman Road. Immediately take a right onto Old 441; signs for the trailhead are in 1 mile. There is a $3 parking fee to park

1 day ago

excelente

4 days ago

I enjoyed the view, but carried to much for camping. A Lighter load would have been better.

5 days ago

trail running
9 days ago

Beautiful waterfall

10 days ago

Amazing trail with beautiful creek throughout. Of course the falls are gorgeous.

hiking
19 days ago

great hike, not too difficult, stunning views of the creek and waterfalls.

26 days ago

1 month ago

Diverse terrain, great waterfalls, moderate level

1 month ago

Great place for a quick overnight hiking camping trip. I loved the crash camping style of many of the hiking locations. It really feels like you're in the middle of nowhere.

Only downside was the trash around the falls. It's a heavily trafficked spot during the day (not too many camp out) so some garbage accumulates.

Definitely enter from the western trailhead. The eastern trail has many downed trees from a storm and getting through requires crossing a quick moving stream a few times.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

We did an out and back backpacking trip here in October, during the week. Heavily trafficked even on the weekdays. We came out on a Saturday, in the rain, and passed no less than 30 people on the trail heading west-to-east. West-to-east to the falls is an easy hike and we saw a family of 4 kids, none older than 7 years old, at the waterfall. We did not continue to the other end but rather set up camp back around mile 2.5. Best tent campsite we saw was around mile 3 heading west-to-east. It sits next to a cascading waterfall, but even that campsite lacked privacy. Campsites are plentiful, but all of them we saw lack privacy and some of them will have people walking right through your camp. It seems you can camp right at the falls if you don't mind your campsite being shared by many during the day. Water for filtering is plentiful. Hammock sites at the falls are limited. The trail has been recently maintained and the logfall across the trail removed. Two stars only because we like solitude. If you like your hikes to be more of a social experience, you might give it 5 stars.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from the western trailhead to the eastern and back on 10/5. The easterly trip was tough due to many downed trees on the eastern half of the trail after the falls. This made things nearly impassable in places however after forcing my way I met 3 guys with chainsaws doing trail maintenance and the westerly trip back was significantly easier as they had cut a path through the worst of it (major props guys TY). As others have mentioned the eastern section is substantially more difficult, and many of the safety wires/railings are either completely torn down or unstable so do not grab the wires expecting them to support you without testing them first - some of the falls could be serious. All in all a great hike!

1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

A little long for a recreational hike but it's worth it. The falls were excellent.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
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2 months ago

I enjoyed this trail twice in 2 weeks and my lab "Seary" was so tired after the day.

hiking
2 months ago

Richard D is right about the downed trees being perilous ... however me and a friend (and a couple other hikers) traversed it today. It requires some flexibility and care, but it's doable.