Panther Falls

MODERATE 44 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.

1.3 miles
354 feet
Out & Back







wild flowers

no dogs

Short hike to nice falls and swimming holes.

1 month ago


3 months ago

Nice short hike. Great for kids.

4 months ago

Super quick and simple trail out to the boulders and falls. Middle of March, a little snow left so the drive was a little slushy on Panther Creek Rd but not inaccessible. Due to the time of year and time of day, we wanted to get out in time before sunset to avoid any issues with the drive. We put our two young girls on our backs and ran out for the better part to make it quick, which makes my review "super quick and simple" legitimate. There is a campground very quickly off the parking area you will pass. Summer time would be wonderful on the boulders but I'm sure packed full while off season brings outdoor enthusiasts more peace. GO!

4 months ago

Fun drive to the trail. Enjoyed the winding dirt/gravel road. The trail itself runs along a nice stream and goes to the falls. Very short walk though. Unfortunately too cold for swimming. Definitely need to come back when it warms up.

10 months ago

Just got done visiting this short trail to the falls and swimming hole. Unfortunately since it's currently September the water was too freezing to get in. Looks like we'll be coming back next summer to try it out. Still a beautiful sight!

10 months ago

Hiked here for the swimming hole. Very easy hike. Everyone was jumping from the rocks and enjoying the small "rapid" area. Water was extremely cold. Most of the pictures on here are of Crabtree falls.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

super easy! quick walk to a swimming hole.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

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.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Beautiful views! Kids loved it too.

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.

Monday, March 07, 2016

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I wouldn't say this is a hard trail. the path is clear and isn't very steep.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Did this yesterday with my wife. AWESOME trail!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A lot of switchbacks and a lot of beautiful views! I look forward to going back and adding Spyrock to the hike!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A moderate hike to the top of the falls, with several switchbacks, steps and railings to help make the climb. Well worth the hike. Wear shoes appropriate for wet and slippery surfaces.

It's east to find the trail head. The access road to the parking lot is paved and there is plenty of parking (fee area), with bathroom facilities (no running water). The parking lot fills quickly on weekends, during the fall colors.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Great trail! Due to all the rain lately, there were slick parts along the rockier parts of the trail, but it was well worth the hike. Beautiful scenery.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Made the trip from Baltimore MD to hike this trail, and it was worth every mile driven. VERY BEAUTIFUL

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Would have loved to see this trail of the directions would have actually lead to a trail instead of a dead end Verizon antenna site.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Good trail, can get really muddy when it rains a lot. It's a lot of stairs, and quite a strenuous hike, but worth the beautiful views.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I.m P. gave a wonderful review. Especially about the middle landing being better than the top. But I would like to add that although it is a steep and strenuous trail, there are plenty of rest opportunities, even if you just lean on the rails.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Trail is pretty well maintained. Parts of the trail require climbing steep stairs and three are quite a few switchbacks. This is a moderate to moderately strenuous trail. There are a few overlooks to provide rest. I found the middle overlook the nicest.

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