Panther Creek Trail

MODERATE 315 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
2729 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

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

38 minutes ago

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

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11 days ago

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

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11 days 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.

12 days ago

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12 days ago

WARNING! If you approach from the Yonah Dam side you may not be able to make it to the falls. There are three large downed trees that are very perilous to cross over when you are within sight of the falls. A friend gashed his shin trying to make it over. Coming back from the falls towards Yonah would be very tough getting over the trees. If you slip it's a decent drop downwards. Not worth it IMHO.

Otherwise the hike is lovely. No trash and only saw two hikers. A stark contrast from the West side approach. Expect a strenuous 600' ascent with no switchbacks. There is also a .5 mile section that is very technical and can be dangerous if you aren't careful. Slippery rocks, muddy trails that have been washed out, a couple of rock scrambles, and some narrow sections sloping downhill with a 50' sheer drop. Trekking polls and hiking shoes/boots highly recommended. Not recommended for novice hikers.

Would give it a higher rating if the trees are removed and made it safer to get to the falls.

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16 days ago

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18 days ago

BEAUTIFUL, fun trail, lots of roots so caution to trail-runners. Well worth the drive for the first part but warning, if it has recently rained you'll find your footing SLIPPERY as the trail wears on, and the sheer drop offs can make it hazardous to young children and some pets. It's fun and can be challenging, but GORGEOUS especially in the spring and fall! Bring cool water for everyone, including pets!

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19 days ago

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1 month ago

Absolutely punishing hike but scenic enough to keep you interested the whole way. The falls themselves are beautiful and would recommend an eno if you got one

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

I love this trail, there are a few very tough spots and downed trees to climb over but it's a great hike. I would however classify it as a hard hike, moderate is misleading for this trek in my opinion when most people are expecting a slighty intense walk in the woods. You're with the creek most of it so it's great views and tons of big rocks to climb on for breaks in the water. The falls are heavily populated during tourist season and most weekends. Very Difficult for dogs, mine had a blast, definitely can't keep them leashed your dog needs to be on point with commands or trailing for the full hike from yonah dam!

1 month ago

Disappointed in the falls, the rock climb to the top would not be classified as moderate. Trees down all over the trail.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The trail itself is heavily traveled and lots of roots and slick rock areas. The waterfalls are FANTASTIC with a nice lagoon type area to enjoy the water.

However... . I have never seen SO much trash on any one trail in all my years of hiking in Georgia. Plastic water bottles, juice boxes, and used toilet paper all along the trail. Very sad to see.
"Pack it in.. Pack it out"!!