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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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      • 7

      Region Status
      Open as of May 20, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      11
      Trails Mountain Bike
      10
      Trails Hike
      11
      Trails Trail Running
      11
      Trails Horse
      7
      Total Distance
      26 miles
      Total Descent
      4,266 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,162 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      4,433 ft
      Reports
      4
      Photos
      18
      Ridden Counter
      306

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance

      Photos of Panthertown Valley Mountain Bike

      59 |
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 7:37pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      67 |
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 7:36pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      80 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 7:51pm
      Jul 25, 2019
      74 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:32am
      Jul 25, 2019
      71 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:30am
      Jul 25, 2019
      74 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:28am
      Jul 25, 2019
      71 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:27am
      Jul 25, 2019
      62 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:26am
      Jul 25, 2019

      Videos of Panthertown Valley Mountain Bike

      Friends of Panthertown - Volunteers Welcome!
      2:00 | 46 | Nov 23, 2020 , Cashiers

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Blackrock Trail
      Mar 7, 2020 @ 1:41pm
      Mar 7, 2020
      Variablesaerotta NA-SORBAHike
      Devil's Elbow Trail
      Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:50am
      Nov 18, 2018
      Variabledensonhenry

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1566485WthorthoriddentrailRattlesnake Knob Trail
      Jun 14, 2021 @ 7:13pm
      23 hours
      user #2374786scarletridgeriddentrailRattlesnake Knob Trail
      Nov 28, 2020 @ 3:28pm
      Nov 28, 2020
      user #1492868PanthertownaddvideoFriends of Panthertown - Volunteers Welcome!
      Nov 23, 2020 @ 3:05pm
      Nov 23, 2020
      user #1127504SaltyVanillaGorillariddentrailPanthertown Valley Trail and 1 more
      Oct 23, 2020 @ 10:02am
      Oct 23, 2020
      user #2147316mtbwandererriddentrailPowerline Road Trail and 3 more
      Sep 23, 2020 @ 12:26pm
      Sep 23, 2020

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      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
      user #1867909Joshua7DunntrailBlackrock TrailI have ridden the Black Mountain trail (by...
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:25am
      Jul 25, 2019
      user #1867909Joshua7DunntrailPanthertown Valley TrailFast and flowing trail with some wide open...
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:22am
      Jul 25, 2019

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Jackson County 10 km
      Gorges State Park 18.6 km
      Caney Fork11.4 km
      Middle Prong Wilderness12 km
      WCU Trail System 4 313.8 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1025 miles4,137 ft12 miles1,161 ft
      #6,462#2,96215432
      Hike1126 miles4,265 ft13 miles1,161 ft
      #5,855#2,8593335
      Trail Running1126 miles4,265 ft13 miles1,161 ft
      #5,848#2,85231
      Horse715 miles2,254 ft8 miles876 ft
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      • Admins: NA-SORBA, FOPT
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