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      Panthertown Valley is one of the most spectacular areas in the southeast with cascading waterfalls, trout streams, panoramic views, sheer granite cliffs, the headwaters and the east fork of the Tuckaseegee River, and biologically diverse habitats for wildlife and rare plant species.

      Panthertown Valley, often referred to as “the Yosemite of the East”, is a popular 6,295 acre backcountry recreation area. Panthertown has more than thirty miles of U.S. Forest Service backcountry roads and trails in the Nantahala National Forest. Visitors can enjoy deep gorges and broad valleys, mountain bogs and granitic rock domes, tranquil creeks and plunging waterfalls.

      Because of its outstanding geologic formations, forests, streams and native plant life, Panthertown is designated as a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area natural heritage site and by The Wilderness Society as one of North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures.
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Mar 7, 2020
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      13
      Trails Mountain Bike
      11
      Trails Hike
      13
      Trails Trail Running
      13
      Trails Horse
      7
      Total Distance
      28 miles
      Total Descent
      4,767 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,162 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      4,433 ft
      Reports
      5
      Photos
      19
      Ridden Counter
      363

      Photos of Panthertown Valley Mountain Bike

      98 |
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 7:37pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      113 |
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 7:36pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      115 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 7:51pm
      Jul 25, 2019
      106 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:32am
      Jul 25, 2019
      99 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:30am
      Jul 25, 2019
      107 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:28am
      Jul 25, 2019
      98 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:27am
      Jul 25, 2019
      91 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:26am
      Jul 25, 2019

      Videos of Panthertown Valley Mountain Bike

      Friends of Panthertown - Volunteers Welcome!
      2:00 | 133 | Nov 23, 2020 , Cashiers

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Blackrock Trail
      Mar 7, 2020 @ 1:41pm
      Mar 7, 2020
      VariableHike saerotta NA-SORBA
      Riding Ford Trail
      Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:50am
      Nov 18, 2018
      WetSketchy water crossingdensonhenry
      Devil's Elbow Trail
      Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:50am
      Nov 18, 2018
      Variabledensonhenry

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1571019FiveohcommenttrailRiding Ford Trail
      Jun 20, 2022 @ 7:24pm
      Jun 20, 2022
      user #2016840neverinsideguywishlisttrailPanthertown Valley Trail
      Apr 21, 2022 @ 12:48pm
      Apr 21, 2022
      user #2294155OcnirocommenttrailRiding Ford Trail
      Apr 12, 2022 @ 8:15pm
      Apr 12, 2022
      user #2294155OcniroriddentrailRiding Ford Trail and 3 more
      Apr 12, 2022 @ 8:13pm
      Apr 12, 2022
      user #2439290bakerachriddentrailBlackrock Trail and 3 more
      Mar 29, 2022 @ 10:06am
      Mar 29, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1571019FiveohtrailRiding Ford TrailWe hiked it as part of a big loop. A couple...
      Jun 20, 2022 @ 7:24pm
      Jun 20, 2022
      user #2294155OcnirotrailRiding Ford TrailThis trail is a fun and fast downhill, but...
      Apr 12, 2022 @ 8:15pm
      Apr 12, 2022
      user #2140717BillrosketrailPanthertown Valley TrailNot open for bikes where meets w Mac gap. No...
      May 25, 2020 @ 4:34pm
      May 25, 2020
      user #2140717BillrosketrailPanthertown Valley TrailNot all open to bikes.
      May 25, 2020 @ 4:32pm
      May 25, 2020
      user #2140717BillrosketrailMac's Gap TrailChallenging for me. Plenty of times I had to...
      May 25, 2020 @ 4:29pm
      May 25, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Gorges State Park 18.6 km
      Caney Fork11.4 km
      Middle Prong Wilderness12 km
      WCU Trail System 4 313.8 km
      Wayehuta ORV Park 214.3 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1126 miles4,573 ft13 miles1,161 ft
      #9,126#3,82816539
      Hike1328 miles4,767 ft14 miles1,161 ft
      #8,112#3,6743340
      Trail Running1328 miles4,767 ft14 miles1,161 ft
      #8,090#3,65931
      Horse715 miles2,254 ft8 miles876 ft
      • By hiway & contributors
      • Admins: NA-SORBA, FOPT
      • #20732 - 4,320 views

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