Panthertown Backcountry Loop

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Nantahala National Forest

Panthertown Backcountry Loop is a 7.8 mile heavily 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 938 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Of the many trails in this area, this route provides the most bang for your buck. Deep forest hiking with waterfalls, vistas, abundant streams and ease of access. Panthertown Valley, known as the "Yosemite of the East", is located just outside of Brevard, NC just west of Lake Toxaway in Cashiers, NC. There are a wide number of trails in this valley area of varying difficulty with many waterfalls and high vantage point outlooks to view the valley floor.

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muddy
13 days ago

definitely recommend doing this one backwards. much much easier to get through

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

We have done the Panthertown valley loop on two different occasions. You come across seven waterfalls in about an 11 mile trek. There are portions that are strenuous but it otherwise it’s fairly moderate. We love this hike so much and so do our dogs!

hiking
3 months ago

Remember past Lake Toxaway. Left on cold Mountain Road right at fire station. Then on the left a short distance up.

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muddy
3 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

This “7.8” mile hike turned into 9.3ish. That’s fine, and not the reason I really do not recommend this hike. 1. It’s really an easy hike- very flat, Walk in the woods type conditions. However even given The flat conditions, the trail is poorly marked, I would not recommend hiking this trail without GPS or all trails pro. Even with all trail pro we still missed turns a couple of times. The trail is extremely poorly marked especially near the waterfall. 2. Both Google maps and Apple Maps did not give good directions to the trail head. 3. Two, not one stream crossings with deep water without a bridge or rocks to cross. You will get wet. 4.There was one Vista, but it was underwhelming, and while the water and stream crossings are pretty- as are the waterfalls, they were not worth the 9+ mile hike.

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muddy
6 months ago

fun trail with lots of potential swimming holes. for the most part, trails are well marked, but I would recommend taking a picture of the map or using the allTrails app. fyi, there is no bridge to cross the river on trail 482 near where it crosses with 488. perhaps the water was up higher than normal, bit there was no way to cross without getting your feet wet. beautiful woods, we will be back!

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rocky
6 months ago

Really fun trail with a variety of views and environments. Very wet after a rain be prepared for wet shoes and possibly having to Traverse a large stream. Very pretty summit and waterfalls.

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muddy
7 months ago

Make sure you take your phone with AllTrails app and plenty of battery power! There are lots of intersecting trails on this loop. Parts were difficult to follow but the gps saved us. This trail has it all, waterfalls, creeks, scrambles. But we old guys did it!

hiking
8 months ago

Panther town East

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8 months ago

I missed the waterfall, but did cut through at Mac’s Gap and saw Granny B Falls... on the last leg, the trail appears to go through the stream. Not wanting to veer off the path, I went through it... only to see there was a dry rocky path through.

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