Panther Creek Falls

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Panther Creek Falls is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blue Ridge, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,066 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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backpacking

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

From Three Forks Mountain to the top of Panther Creek Falls

hiking
over grown
6 days ago

Went in early September and trail was very overgrown. Not much to see at all until the end, but the falls were cool to see. Can’t really tell they are there until you get right to them. Worth doing once but probably wouldn’t go again.

hiking
16 days ago

While the trail is moderate - there were a couple of areas that were challenging due to rocky terrain; finding the right footing. Love this trail so much. Bring a light lunch and enjoy time at the waterfall.

hiking
over grown
rocky
16 days ago

As others have mentioned, most of the trail is heavily overgrown. There hasn't been a lot of rain, so the falls where underwhelming, but the view is amazing.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

over all it was a great time had a blast walking around in the woods away from the stupid people. the trail is over grown the parts that were grown together that we took are no longer grown together.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

first half mile down from the top is boulder field with mixed scrambling.hard to keep trail in this area just go straight down and left to the the creek eventually you'll find it. middle section is slightly overgrown but trackable. last half mile down to conasauga junction is easy and open. river crossing mid shin deep at normal flow.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
2 months ago

Came in from the Blue Ridge side and road was blocked by a fallen tree, had to leave the forest and drive all the way down to Ellijay and back up into the forest. Trail was easy at the top, but when we started the back traverse down to the creek it was wildly over grown with thorns. Getting into the ravine where the creek starts was old burned trees and several dead falls. The trail is not marked anywhere so you can only see where others have walked. Ascent back out of the falls area was difficult, I need 15 fewer pounds hanging over my Beltline. Falls and vista is really awesome and saw many snails and several hell benders in the creek. Jumped a family of grouse in the tall grass on the way in and way out.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! started from bray field, Last quarter mile Is literally straight up the side of the mountain, and nothing but rocks. Make sure you have the right kind of shoes for this trail, the rocks move and aren’t always sturdy and some get slippery if it’s rained or is raining. I wouldn’t recommend taking a dog on this trail, It’s too risky with how extremely steep it is. But the view. The whole hike is worth it for the view. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles.

5 months ago

Incredibly difficult with a boulder scramble and constant climb, but the view from the top is worth it.

backpacking
blowdown
scramble
6 months ago

This was my first time back since the forest fires and storms. The blow downs made the trail a little bit harder than before, but it was already a really tough hike to begin with, a few downed trees did not make it considerably much harder than it already was. All the downed and burnt out trees did make me a bit sad though. I camped at the spot just above the falls, and all of the dead wood was a mess, the place just isn’t as pretty as it use to be, it now has more of a disaster area type of feel, spooky and foreboding. Still, all the recent rains made the water flow high, and I’ve never seen the waterfall flowing better, it’s still an amazing and one of a kind place.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike in my backyard. Most of the hike is easy to moderate but it gets way more difficult when you start descending/ ascending to the falls. This is a long shot but I found a stuff sack with a pair of prescription glasses,contacts and medicine in the Cohutta Wilderness. I’d like to find the owner.

hiking
7 months ago

The road was closed to get to trailhead. 1/26/2018. Hitting this one in the spring for sure. Love the Cohutta Wilderness area. Hike some other trail in the area. Creeks were very swollen so hard to pass. Fun but different sort of day.

hiking
8 months ago

Some great hiking. We had a lot of fun here.

backpacking
11 months ago

Would definitely do this trail again.

11 months ago

Take trekking poles for the slope right before the falls

Thursday, August 30, 2018

easily the best hike to a waterfall in the state of Georgia...

Saturday, August 25, 2018

I grew up here in the area. I’ve hiked this trail several times. Love the adventure, the solitude and yes it’s a strenuous hike but well worth it. Currently the trail is closed per USFS due to storms recently.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Great trail. Strenuous

hiking
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

heads up the road to trailhead is closed about 4 miles from trailhead January - March connessagua lake rd from south

Monday, December 18, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike, but due to all the downed trees from the fires and hurricanes, a lot of the trail was blocked and almost impossible to follow. I got off trail several times, which made the hike more difficult, but all in all, I had a great time.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nice hike, especially in the summer because you can swim at the bottom of the falls. There is also a place to camp next to the falls if you would like to.

camping
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Plenty of parking at Three Forks Parking Lot, from there it's approximately 4.33 miles to the waterfalls. It's a tough hike in with a loaded pack, not terrible, but you'll be looking forward to taking that pack off and setting up camp, when ya get there. There are plenty of spots for tent or hammock camping and water is plentiful, once you're down in the valley. Take your time and enjoy.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hi John Deal. Not sure if you'll see this but I don't know how to send you a message. But I wanted to know what u meant by having a rope at the falls? Is that for a rope swing?! Or for holding onto on those steep ascents and descents ;)?!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wonderful hike through the forest, with water falls and creeks scattered through out. Bring a swimsuit if you'd like to swim in the waterfall at the end. There's a big "beach" type area to have lunch and hangout by the water. There were a ton of snakes so watch your step.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

I started really hiking in 2017. This was one of the trails I did after a few hikes. I did Panthers Creek Trail in July 2017, so you know it was hot!! To date, this is still my favorite trail. I have been hiking on may trails in each state; NC, TN, Alabama and Georgia. However, this trail left me with the most accomplished feeling ever!! Want a challenge? This is it! Yes, I made it to the bottom, went swimming and cooled off several times in the water on the way back out. Loved this trail!!

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Awesome View from the top of the falls! Worth the pain. This is not a easy day hike. But we took 5 girls age 10-12 and they made it. The descent to the campsites, before the falls, is hard and harder again on the return. This one is not for little kids, as the drop is forever. But the view is breathtaking. I recommend hike in, camp, hike out. Having a rope at the falls was nice. The water is so clean a pure. The place was cleaned out by the fire in 2016.

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