Panther Falls

MODERATE 35 reviews

Panther Falls is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Amherst, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

Short hike to nice falls and swimming holes.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

During my recent July 3rd visit, I was one of the few people there not cooling off in the water below the small falls. However, it was worth the quick stop for me on my return from a few more desired trails. It is a short and easy hike in. The trailhead is on the left, about three miles down Panther Falls Road, a gravel Forest Service road just east of the Blue Ridge Parkway/US 60 intersection. I couldn't miss it with all the cars parked on the side of the road on a pre-holiday afternoon.

1 month ago

This entire listing is hosed. People are giving information and posting pictures for CRABTREE FALLS.

2 months ago

The main trail map they have posted is not correct. I drove to this location and it is wrong. There is an actual Panther Falls trailhead/parking area that is marked that you will see a few miles before. The cascades in the main picture you can see if you go a few miles further up the road - right along the road.

walking
2 months ago

As another reviewer said, this pictures are not of Panther Falls. This place is very popular; there's always people there. Not much of a hike to get to the watering hole, but you can go further, there's just not really a designated path. Beautiful falls but depreciated by the amount of people. You can jump off the rock on either side of the fall into the water. Be careful if you do. If it hadn't rained recently, you can get under the falls. Spring or Fall is the best time to go if you want to go there with less people and take in the scenery.

4 months ago

Great views going up. a bit tough at times, but great for beginners.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Walked down to the falls the other day. It looks like the vast majority of the pictures here are of Crabtree falls, which is just right up the road. The trail for panther falls is right off of a gravel road marked "Panther Falls Road." Awesome place to go if you're looking for a summer cool off... not so much if you're looking for a good, hard hike.

8 months ago

super easy! quick walk to a swimming hole.

9 months ago

does anyone know how to get to this exact tail??? the one we found was super short and a swim hole little waterfall. wanting to go on the 3 mile tail with steps mountain views and a much big falls. we were on panther falls rd. thanks

super easy...not hard. it's a tenth of a mile walk from parking

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

This is a fantastic trail! It has so many wonderful views! The mile maker says it's 1.7 miles up, so a total of 3.4 once you make it back down. The trail has a good amount of stairs at the beginning. Once you get through those, the rest goes fast and doesn't seem too steep. It's so worth it to get to the top! This trail is totally doable even if you aren't athletic or in super good shape.

hiking
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Beautiful views! Kids loved it too.

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

Beautiful views! The trail was very wet due to recent rain so it was a little unsafe at times but very fun!

Monday, March 14, 2016

well worth the hike just for the beauty and peace that comes from this hike. I'm a big guy and this hike was still doable. It's a good leg workout do to the stairs and incline on the switchbacks.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Monday, March 07, 2016

Great trail for introducing kids to the joys and beautiful views of hiking.