Macy's Gap to Devil's Elbow and Panthertown Valley Loop Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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Macy's Gap to Devil's Elbow and Panthertown Valley Loop Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glenville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

8.2 miles
1433 feet

dog friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers


Granite rock outcrops, beautiful falls, also known as the Yosemite of the East. Follow the old roadbed from the trailhead to Salt Rock Gap (a small opening on your left) for good views of Little and Big Green Mtns. Continue down the old roadbed and stay left until you come to a 4-way trail junction. Go right. After crossing the bridge over Panthertown Creek, look for a trail to your right. Follow this trail for 0.1 miles to Granny Burrell falls. Return back to the main trail and continue east (right). Follow the most heavily traveled trail and veer right at the intersection at the bottom of Little Green Mtn. Look for a trail to the left ascending Little Green Mtn at approximately 2.2 miles. Climb to the summit of Little Green and follow the arrows around the rock dome. Ascend the trail on the East side of the summit to Schoolhouse Falls. Follow the trail back to the old roadbed and stay left until you return to the 4-way junction described above. Stay straight and ascend the trail back to the parking lot.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike!! Loved walking through the Granny Burrell bit but GOSH!!! The Schoolhouse waterfall was such a joy!! Absolutely wonderful and the water is sure to wake you up!! Seeing the view from Salt Gap during the early morning and then again after your hike

3 months ago

4 months ago

Nice trail, super views

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8 months ago

Easy to get lost

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10 months ago

There are so many trails in this park, it's easy to get turned around and lost. Take a trail map with you. The views are spectacular. Well worth visiting.

11 months ago

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great hike! The end was hard-all uphill after a 4+ mile loop. Will do again.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Not as pretty as some other ones...very narrow in some parts

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nice hike, great area. Blazes could be a little better marked on some of the smaller side trails, But all in all, great workout for me and my dog.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Monday, August 03, 2015

Very nice hike. You definitely have to put trails together to make a nice long loop, as long or short as you like.

Monday, July 06, 2015

This is a good hike, giving some challenges and a good workout. If you want to swim, there is a swimming area near the waterfall. Some of the signage could be better. Many of the blazes are 10 - 15 feet into the trail and are hard to find when you are looking for the trail. Some people have placed arrows on the rocks, but finding where the trail foes off the rocks is sometimes hard. I will do this hike again.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I've done the Panthertown loop a half dozen or so times now as well as many of the side paths and it's my favorite area in western North Carolina to hike. Most recently my wife, small dog, and child in a jogging stroller made this loop. The stroller had big wheels and we made it actually pretty good the entire way. It does get slightly steep at parts, but is an easy trail for the most part. Get the Panthertown map, it's definitely worth it. Good selection of waterfalls both on and off the beaten path. It gets busy in the summer.