Explore the most popular birding trails near Glenville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

There are 2 ways to access these falls. One is off Shook rd which is a leisurely and pretty walk, about 4 miles or so. The other access is from Glenville lake rec area. This access is shorter but difficult and a great leg workout.

bear encounter

hiking
9 days ago

Loved this trail! The falls were gorgeous! Great for swimming and a picnic. There are all kinds of wildflowers and thimbleberries along the trail. Keep in mind there are lots of steep steps on the trail and it is a challenge. Hope to be back to bring my kayak to navigate the 4 and 5 class rapids (I'll have to figure out when they open the dam to raise the water level)

hiking
19 days ago

Great Hike with our 15, 10 an 2 year old. Not a lot of people on the trail for a Monday. It’s pretty much a downward descent to the bottom of the falls, with lots of steps! The trail was very well maintained and once at the bottom the falls were beautiful. The hike up was a little challenging with a 35lb child on my back, but overall it was well worth the journey. Great space for the kids to climb on the rocks and swim. Next time we will bring a lunch and enjoy in such a beautiful place.

one of my favorite trails in wnc

Panthertown is my home and is run by a great conservation group. This is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Don't be afraid to get your paws wet.

I took a guided hike led by the conservation group. A little steep in a few spots for my over the hill owners. They just took their time and stopped to breath a lot. The rest of the group had no problems. Those young bucks. Dog friendly.

Enjoy.

Five woofs!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a straight descent to the bottom of High Falls. We took the trailhead off of Pine Creek and it ended up being around a mile downhill and then back up. The lower quarter of the hike is mostly stone steps that can be slippery. It may be taxing to take a dog on this hike.

The base of the falls are spectacular and offer deep swimming holes in which one can dive and swim.

Very pretty, loved the small waterfalls and sandy beach areas to chill. Saw a bear cub, luckily momma bear didn't appear. Diverse terrain. Lots of trails that can be confusing. Make sure you have a good map!

lightly marked but the paths are clear. it was an awesome day hike and I was glad to see a bunch of people out hiking the trails aswell.

Our family favorite

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with two major waterfalls. A good bit of navigating wet and rocky areas. A lot of rock and boulder climbing to get to High Falls at the end but worth it! Great pool at the base for swimming and picnicking in the rocks. Am going to take the other trail in next time!

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a really nice hike, but I wouldn’t call it moderate. Other than a couple spots with some incline, the hike is pretty relaxed. I was able to complete the hike with my 40lb ruck sack, take a 45 min play break around the falls, and still be done in under 2 hrs.
Also, there are a lot of families on the trails.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike! Other than a few rattlesnakes it was spectacular!

Mostly uphill. Trails are not clearly marked so it's easy to get confused. Trail had lots of tree stumps and rocks. Great bathing area for dogs and kids once you get to the Schoolhouse Waterfall.
Not a huge summit but a great place to hike to just for the view.

Rather easy, less than 1000 feet elevation gain trail.
We were here on a weekend , so met some people but it was not crowded.
Beautiful waterfalls.
The whole trail sparkles! You need to witness it in order to understand it.
Be prepared for several water crossings specially in wet season. .

backpacking
4 months ago

Great hike with wonderful views from on top of the wall to below the wall. Good amount of campsites, some with water sources and some without. Only problem is the bears in the area. They will come into your camp and they are accustom to human interaction, so trying to scare them off is a bit more difficult. Just come prepared for bears if you are camping and it should be fine.

Great Hike. As with all the trails in panthertown valley, take a GPS or a trail map. Portions of the trail (Panthertown Valley Trail) are well-marked, but other parts (Wilderness Falls) is not marked at all. Lots of overgrowth made staying on the trail difficult. Bring water shoes or prepare to cross streams without boots in the rainy Spring and Summer seasons here as water levels are high.

Short but moderate hike to some beautiful views. Highly recommend! Bring a bathing suit in the summer.
This is NOT near Salem, SC. It is near Lake Glenville, NC.

Very steep to falls and steep coming out. Gorgeous views! Traveled with two dogs, 7, 10 & 14 yr old hockey players. We were all exhausted!

Ended up doing this trail by accident... but so happy we did! We went around to Little Green summit first and then down to the falls. The trail was definitely easy going for the first 3+ miles. A nice/steep climb to the top and then some AMAZING views. Got a little turned around on the summit thanks to some careless wandering but never got too far off path. The entire 4 hours we were in the area we only saw 4 other groups of people which made the experience even more perfect. Can't wait to come back for a weekend of camping/hiking.

Great waterfalls

backpacking
6 months ago

This place is great with multiple campsites along the way. Take every side route because that’s where most of the waterfalls and balds are. The place is beautiful. There is a bald on salt rock that isn’t labeled on any maps I say and it’s a beautiful view must go to that.

The little green Mt. part of this hike is the best

has everything: falls, steep hike, cliff walking, wet swampy areas, and lots of leaves. got lost a couple times. this app really helped.

Great trail. If it weren't for the muddy trail and sparse trail markers, we would definitely have rated it a 5.

backpacking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Nice trail, there were lots and lots of people. We went memorial day weekend. Got rained on a lot. Nice places for campsites and lots of waterfalls. Definitely glad we went.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great hike with beautiful views and fantastic waterfalls. Took 11 and 12 year olds on the hike and they had no problems with the hike. Saw some bear tracks in the mud. Hike was muddy in parts but well worth the mud. We were there the week of July 4th 2017.
Trail is well marked and pretty well maintained. Lots of great camping spots throughout the trails.

Beautiful hike!! Loved walking through the Granny Burrell bit but GOSH!!! The Schoolhouse waterfall was such a joy!! Absolutely wonderful and the water is sure to wake you up!! Seeing the view from Salt Gap during the early morning and then again after your hike

Poorly marked but great hike

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