Panthertown Backcountry Loop

MODERATE 63 reviews
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Panthertown Backcountry Loop is a 9.6 mile lightly 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 best used from February until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.6 miles
1000 feet

dogs on leash





horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running





wild flowers


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.

22 days ago

This place is great with multiple campsites along the way. Take every side route because that’s where most of the waterfalls and balds are. The place is beautiful. There is a bald on salt rock that isn’t labeled on any maps I say and it’s a beautiful view must go to that.

3 months ago

The little green Mt. part of this hike is the best

6 months ago

Nice trail, there were lots and lots of people. We went memorial day weekend. Got rained on a lot. Nice places for campsites and lots of waterfalls. Definitely glad we went.

7 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views and fantastic waterfalls. Took 11 and 12 year olds on the hike and they had no problems with the hike. Saw some bear tracks in the mud. Hike was muddy in parts but well worth the mud. We were there the week of July 4th 2017.
Trail is well marked and pretty well maintained. Lots of great camping spots throughout the trails.

7 months ago

Poorly marked but great hike

8 months ago

Great hike. Saw a few Bear tracks. Great time was had.

9 months ago

Awesome trail tranquility point is a awesome place for lunch

11 months ago

Great place to hike. There are so many trails you can hike as many miles as you wish by connecting trails together!

Friday, February 10, 2017


Thursday, February 02, 2017

I went and backpacked this whole little area and it was really awesome. The waterfalls were on the smaller side but gorgeous. I really want to go back in the summer and swim. I went in the fall so it was a little cold but the leaves made everything pretty.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Absolutely beautiful!! definitely was worth the drive. My kids and I can not wait until spring to come back and check it out!! The only thing I had a problem with is that there were missing markers and we got a little lost.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Beautiful day, great weather, I'll be back to do more trails.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I love hiking here!
It's very easy to get lost though.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

we did an out-and-back hike for two and a half hours. Lots of other side trails that need to be explored on future subsequent visits. We will go back again and again to check out the other trails. this Trail has many good campsites. We saw a couple of mountain bikers. lots of good mountain biking in this area. Saw a couple of fishermen. lots of good options in this area.

Friday, July 15, 2016

We did this loop counter-clockwise, and camped at the base of big wall. If I were to do it again I would definitely go clockwise and camp along the river along the northern stretch of the loop. The sites were much better and there was much better access to water. The trails were in great condition and well marked, but the points of interest were easy to miss, since none of them are marked. Bring a good map, and know that most of the cool sites are not on the main circle of this loop. If you have kids or pets, I definitely recommend Granny Burrel Falls, since it seems to be a great swimming area with a rock that kids could safely slide down. I would classify most of this trail as easy except for the 1/2 mile stretch that climbs upward by Big Wall, which was very strenuous, with rough trail conditions.

Friday, July 01, 2016

We have been here twice and both times we did get a little confused but that was because on the way to Devil's Fork the sign was not visible by the brush that had grown up around it. Make sure you have a map and you will be okay.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

This was our first ever real hike! (with my wife).We really enjoyed the first part of our hike along Mac's Gap and even the climb up to the top of Little Green Mountain. The views were incredible from atop that bald! We had not seen the first person on the trail and then out of nowhere a couple appears on top of the bald with us! They told us about Schoolhouse Falls and that we should descend the other side of the mountain to check it out. Well, getting down the mountain was pretty dog-gone difficult! There were roots everywhere!We stumbled and fell a couple of times and finally arrived at the falls and lo! there were people in these woods! Evidently this is a popular place to be. We were exhausted from the climb up to Little Green and then down to Schoolhouse and we didn't think the falls was all that great...after all we had already been to Dupont forest.We decided that we did not want to retrace our steps so we took the Panthertown Valley trail back around Little Green Mountain, We thought we might be lost! We were tired and alone and had just passed some bear "scat" The trails were not marked very well and we started second guessing..I just kept checking my compass and felt we were heading the right way and finally we made it back to Mac's Gap...we were very happy to see that, we finally made it out of the woods about a half hour before dark, we were so thankful! We had been hiking since about 9am, We don't know how far we hiked but probably 8-9 miles. I cannot believe we are still hiking 3 years later! Looking back, the trails and area are pretty awesome, some great views, most of the trails were in very good shape except for the backside of Little Green mountain. You won't see many people on the trail but be sure you have a map and a compass because it is not really marked or blazed.

Friday, January 08, 2016

I've been hiking these trails for 40 years in Panthertown. Hate is has been discovered. Great trails, Great Waterfalls, countless options for camping and hiking in the Valley.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Good hike with great views. The trail was very difficult to find. Look for arrows painted on the ground.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

First backpacking trip with my 10yr old. As others have said a lot of bang for your buck. We hiked in about 2hrs set up camp then day hiked to the top of the Great Wall. The hike out the next day was a little harder as it is mostly uphill. Not bad if you take breaks. Great first trip! I like that it is a loop and makes for new sights in and out.

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