Panther Branch Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Panther Branch Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tellico Plains, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles 498 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running




wild flowers


washed out

29 days ago

29 days ago

2 months ago

Went again a month later. This time made it to waterfall which is off the trail. Rock overhang at waterfall. Don't know if this is the "cave", or if we just didn't find the cave.
Didn't go to end, but app registered us hiking 4.7 miles round trip. Good day!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike, but overgrown with dog hobble and rhododendron. Many small stream crossings that can be rock hopped over. I could get to top of waterfall, but could not get to the bottom of it on this trip. It looked like the cave was down there also. Did not see a trail to get to waterfall and would have to go thru some thick underbrush to get to it. Definitely will return when less leaves and more water. Didn't make it to end...maybe another waterfall elsewhere. Previous comments noted two.? .......previous recordings are from panther branch trail in frozen head state park, whereas I recorded panther branch trail in Tellico plains! No emory or debord falls here. Just one that u need to cut thru underbrush to get to

10 months ago

Amazing. My friend an her daughter and Myself and my 6 year old did this last weekend and they loved it. Great hike

1 year ago

Our group took Panther Branch Trail to Panther Branch Camp and loved it. The trail is extremely easy, if your looking for a short family friendly hike. The backcountry campsite is very well maintained and within a few feet of water for re-supply. On the way to the camp you will come across Debord Falls and Emory Gap Falls, a short spur trail (Emory Gap Trail) leads you to this area. This forest is beautiful and a must see for a nice day of hiking.

4 years ago

We took the S. Old Mac Mtn. Trail up to the observation tower atop Frozen Head Mtn. Then we followed N. Old Mac Mtn. trail down To the Panther Branch trail on which we descended the 1800 ft. we gained on the hike up. It is a very steep and super narrow trail at times. Watch your step!!!!