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Panther Falls is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Amherst, Virginia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

Length 0.3 mi Elevation gain 29 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Getting There

Short hike to nice falls and swimming holes.

Approximately 15 parking spots along forest road.

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

From Route 60, turn onto Panther Falls Road, and drive a mile or so. Then on the left, there will be an obvious parking area with a "Panther Falls" sign. From there it's a 5 minute walk to the falls.

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Zalenda Cyrille
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Hiking

Quick and easy hike. But the road you have to take to get there is awful. I wouldn’t say the views were worth that drive.

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Deanna Coleman
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HikingGreat!

I loved this trail and the falls are beautiful!!! However there is so much trash!!! :( it’s very sad how trashy it is! The kids and I will be going back with trash bags! Pack out what you bring in!!!! Help keep beautiful places beautiful and magical!

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Wendy Walton
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HikingMuddy

It could be a beautiful spot, but we were disappointed in the amount of trash along the trail and at the falls area. We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was packed with college age kids. We didn’t swim, but it looked like it would be a fun spot. Lots of people jumping off the rocks into the pool below.

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Brittany Grim
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HikingBugsMuddy

Came here on a Tuesday evening in July around 4pm. The GPS directions actually send you about a mile past the trail. The trailhead is on the left about 4 miles down a dirt road. This trail is an easy hike to the waterfall, but covered in trash. Very muddy in a few places. Clearly a hangout for teenagers and young adults to drink, smoke, and party. Very crowded. Easy hike, and decent view, but the trash and overcrowding really take away from the experience

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Alex R
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HikingMuddy

Once you make it to the falls it's pretty! Arrived around 12:30 and left a few hours after. There were about 50+ people. I would say that's a downside. The walk to the falls is about 5/10 minutes. It's super easy to miss the trail- it begins where the nature sign is. Panther falls road is gravel and narrow.

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Mary Smith
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FYI..so many of the pictures posted here are actually Crabtree falls. Panther falls is an easy but somewhat muddy trail. It was SUPER packed today which made sense because it was hot and many people were swimming. But don’t go there if you are hoping to social distance. That being said, we were there at 2pm so it may have been extra crowded secondary to the time.

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Justin Patten
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HikingMuddy

This trail is definitely short and very easy. That being said, this trail is heavily trafficked. Also that being said, this trail is heavily trafficked by high school and college age people. The positives about this trail is that it is short, it is easy, and it has a nice swimming opportunity. The negatives about this trail is that it is one of the most trash filled hikes I have ever been on. This trail offered some places to camp making it a prime location to leave trash.

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James Enkey
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Hiking

Bring swimsuits!

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Christine Bozga
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Stacey Perry
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HikingMuddy

This was absolutely amazing. I’m only giving it 4 stars due to the crowded conditions. It’s a little hard to enjoy something so beautiful with so many screaming people. That being said, we totally went on a holiday weekend. *face palm*. Our kids loved it and even got one to jump off a smaller cliff. Our two golden retrievers have never been happier to just be able to run and swim in icy cold water. The trail itself was a bit muddy in some spots. But wicked easy to navigate.

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Jeff Clark
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Hiking

I had no trouble finding the Falls thanks to a few people on here that left good advice. I have COPD and I am 67 years old yet I could navigate down the trail just fine although the climb back up was a little steep I could still do it ok. there were adults as well as children down there and everybody seemed to be having a blast and I enjoyed watching them as well. the next time I go I plan to join in on the swimming.

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Just Lori
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Walking

If you’re looking for fun on a hot day ... yes!!!

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Mikhael Fi
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Hiking

Leisure walk not a hike

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Kenny Taylor
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The map is wrong for this one. From the blue ridge pkwy mile post 45 (give it take a mile or two) where it crosses over Rt60, Lexington Tpke. Panther falls rd begins there, and the trail head is about a mile on the left, there’s a sign. It’s a very short “hike” with almost zero elevation gain. There are two camp sites before the falls. Carrying stuff from the car is about 200yds

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Stacey Nolan
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Yeah the map recording above is definitely not the trail. Spent an extra hour and a half cuz of it. And it’s further misleading because google maps indicated it’s here too but it’s definitely not. If you are driving from Burma Vista, the actual trail head is is right off the main Panther Falls forest road a few miles before where noted above and there is a clearly marked large Forest Ranger sign noting you are at Panther Falls trailhead. There is parking for about 5 cars. The route above though does lead through a cool place to camp and down to the creek.

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Braydon Wiseman
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Not really a hike but awesome jumping off the water fall and rlly fun swimming, also kinda sucked there was so many ppl there but overall still a good time

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Catherine Cullum
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Great view of the falls and even saw otters! Great time

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James Levy
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Easy! RovingNomad!

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Scott Dameron
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Hiking

Nice short hike. Great for kids.

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erika wood
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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!

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Andrew Reeves
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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.

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Catherine Meadows
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Hiking

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!

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Ashley Martello
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Hiking

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.

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Scott Densmore
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Hiking

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.

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

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Laura Bruihler
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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.

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Jordan Davidson
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Walking

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.

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

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Bobby Basile
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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.

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