Panther Falls

MODERATE 38 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.

4 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!

4 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.

6 months 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.

6 months ago

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

7 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.

7 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.

9 months ago

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

11 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.

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.

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