Panther Branch Trail

MODERATE 10 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.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

cave

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

washed out

hiking
2 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
9 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!

hiking
10 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

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

hiking
Saturday, June 06, 2015

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.

hiking
Thursday, September 27, 2012

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!!!!