Panther Branch Trail

MODERATE 9 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
419 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running




wild flowers


washed out

4 months ago

The first mile was good, relatively clear, except for the gazillion felled trees and stream crossings. The second mile was the same with trees and water, but it picked up a lot of sawbriars and rhododendron....then the trail disappeared. It was well marked until it wasn’t. You definitely need long pants to get through this jungle.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The trail was very grown over and the trailhead not marked. We had to walk down the creek to find the trail. The waterfall and cave was off the trail and you could not see through the brush. We had to backtrack and look for it. This trail is best done in the winter or early spring because of the dense vegetation. It was a easy hike and after finding the trailhead well marked with white blazes.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

the trail is a decent trail. the area is overgrown, with laural. the creek runs along, the trail. but it is so overgrown, you hardly ever see it.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Just finished this trail with my son. Loved the views, the trail itself is fairly well maintained. There are a couple of water crossings that are best done barefoot or with very tall waterproof boots. The Falls we only found by accident. They are well off the trail and getting to the bottom was a bit difficult. Definitely worth it though! The trailhead is difficult to find. After crossing the bridge we nearly gave up until we waded downstream a ways and found it. since we live less than 30 minutes from this trail, I see us hiking it again!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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!

Friday, November 25, 2016

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017