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Panther Creek Trail is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Turnerville, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.1 mi Elevation gain 2,089 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Beach Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Muddy Rocky Scramble Washed out
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Note: Do NOT park any farther than about 400 yards from the trail head! They are towing everyone, even if your tires weren’t on the road. The current response to the COVID-19 emergency has closed several trails and recreation sites in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Please see website for up to date info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/conf/recreation

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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 $4 parking fee in the recreation parking area if the free parking on the side of the road is full.

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robin taylor
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Jake Lowery
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HikingBlowdownBridge outScrambleWashed out

Trail was damaged by heavy rains, storms, and flooding around 10/10/2020-10/11/2020. One footbridge across Panther Creek is now out, at a required crossing; now, fording the river is necessary to continue. Under normal conditions, this is a knee-high creek about 20 feet wide, with relatively calm/gentle water, so doable for most if you plan for this. Continuing downstream, there is considerable storm damage to the trail. Notably, several places where trees uprooted, taking parts of the trail with them, which now require more scrambling along the side of the creek. This trail is still passable for reasonably fit adults and older children, but could be quite difficult for younger children or older folks. It is also somewhat slower going than it was before the storm. One other footbridge across a tributary stream is also washed out, but this stream can still be crossed with dry feet under normal conditions.

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Jeffrey Liles
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HikingBridge outFeeMuddyOver grownWashed out

Two bridges are out. however there is a conveniently placed log along with stepping stones that allow access. much of the trail has washed out where it hugs the shore. many trees down also. difficult but rewarding hike.

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Mike Trimble
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The only bridge across the creek has been washed out. I was not able to find away across. Maybe when the water level goes down. Couple trees along the side of the trail are down as well and make or poor footing. Avoid for now.

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Brooks Amadon
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This is a trail we have been wanting to hike for quite some time, and finally got the chance on Friday, October 9, 2020. The total round-trip clocked in at 9 1/2 miles. It was overcast , slightly cool and not too crowded!. Our standard poodle, Izzy, tracked this trail like a goat and was sure footed on all the roots and rocks. This is definitely another trail we will hike again during the cool weather.

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Damon Petite
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b Beautiful trail. I am 45 and in average shape (I think). It took me 3hrs round trip. I stayed at the falls for around 20mins. The trail is not hard but definitely a "hike" (pun intended) on the way back since I did not really stop to rest. I will definitely go back and take my time to enjoy the beauty a little longer when I head back.

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Jaa Khongkraphan
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Shane Smith
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Heather Widmer
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So hard but worth it to take a dip!

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z Exceptional
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Trail is basically non existent passed the falls. This clocks closer to 8.5 miles currently.

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Jacqueline Agramonte
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Renee Aylworth
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Kenny Streit
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This hike is not easy, but I definitely would not rate this trail hard. Most of the trail is flat with a lot of rocks and roots, but at times there are steep inclines/declines. There is one boulder you need to duck under and there are some wires by the falls to hold onto due to narrow slopes. The falls are super crowded so go early! They are quite nice and a great swim spot. There are also some good swim spots a bit farther down from the falls and way less crowded. WARNING: Do NOT park any farther than about 400 yards from the trail head! They were towing everyone, even if your tires weren’t on the road. We parked on the south side of the trail head up the hill, and there were tow trucks lined up picking off everyone

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Tessa Briana
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Beautiful place but after a 7 mile hard hike the last thing you want to do is walk out and your car isn’t there and finding out it has been towed. Their parking spot is little so people park on the side of the road, they have no signs saying do not park, the only sign they have says “keep tires off the pavement”. The cops of Habersham will tell you “shouldn’t have parked on private property and they don’t have to have a sign” but ga state law says an owner of private party has to have a sign posted saying your car will be towed at you’re own expense. Hulsey towing company towed 12 cars yesterday leaving everyone stranded because there’s no ubers or taxis who will come get you in this area.. These families had children on the side of the road for hours waiting on someone to pick them up! It’s $200 in cash to get your car and they do it so late you better hope they’re open when you get out or the rates go up.. Will never go back!

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Julie George
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After the lovely falls, trail gets Crazy!! Super fun but hiker beware!!! You better be agile and ready for adventure!

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Hilary Pierce
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Began early (7am) and did the entire trail (including the two miles past the falls themselves). For anyone used to hiking I would not rank this as a hard trail until after the falls, and only then because of some scrambling. No steep elevation changes, no switchbacks. Beautiful area overall. Disappointed by the trash around the falls themselves-- come on people. Used tampons? Dirty diapers? Cheetos bags? The lack of respect spoils some of the experience. Around 10 am the trail becomes packed. No one seems to go beyond the falls however.

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Antonio Tamez
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Katie Dunagan
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This was definitely the most difficult, challenging trail I've hiked thus far. My friend and I are both middle-aged and our teenage daughters were even exhausted. You must watch for exposed roots, but I appreciate it was mostly shaded. The trail coming back from the falls was daunting. Overall, if you hike regularly and are able to zone out the pain in your entire body, do this. It was gorgeous! In the end, I'm glad I pushed myself beyond my limits.

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Emily McLaughlin
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Beautiful trail with a good variety of terrain, and the elevation gains are slow and steady so you barely notice them. I would rate this moderate instead of hard, with the main challenge being that the trail is a bit narrow and slick in some areas. It was on the busy side, but with most people congregated at the falls for a while, we didn’t have any big issues with having to pass people on the trail. The entire trail is along the water and well shaded so it was a perfect hike on a hot day. The trail is not as clearly marked/well maintained for the 2 miles after the falls, but we didn’t see anyone else on that sections, so that was definitely a plus :)

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Caroline Miller
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Great hike!! I just did the 3.5 there and back, not too difficult at all. Relatively flat. Be careful of mud/ slippery rocks (I slipped twice). I completed it in 3 hours (excluding a 20 min break at the falls), but I was rushing (jogging at some points) to get back before it was too dark. I’d say it would take about 4 hours to do this hike comfortably.

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Patricia Taylor
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out

Nice hike. Went in January 2020...trail was muddy and washed out. Crew repairing trail on the day of hike. Well maintained, but trail markers would be beneficial as there are several other trails feeding into.

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