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Panthertown Valley

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Near Cashiers, NC   Backpacking: Panthertown Valley  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 21 2016  7:00 am >> Sun, May 22 2016 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, May 3 2016 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, May 18 2016 8:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 11 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Mark P
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join us for a great overnight trip to Panthertown Valley, NC.  Also known as the Yosemite of the east, Panthertown is has granite domes, cliffs and crags, offering lots of great views.  The vally also has numerous waterfalls.  We'll begin at the Salt Rock Gap trailhead.  From there, we'll hike down into the valley, with short side trips to FrolictownFalls and Granny Burell Falls.  From there, we'll continue into the valley and look for a campsite.  Either one of the many sites along Panthertown Creek or a little farther along near Jawbone Falls, a beautiful 40 footer with a large pool at its base.  We'll set up camp, eat lunch and then decide where to explore next.  A short hike away are Schoolhouse Falls, Warden's Falls, Jawbone Falls, and Riding Ford Falls. As well as the excellent views from Tranquility Point atop Little Green Mountain.  Plan on hiking somwhere around 3 to 4.5 miles before we get to camp.  With a few more miles to explore the waterfalls and views.  Swimming in some of the pools is also an option.  After breakfast Sunday morning, we'll hike back to Salt Rock Gap, taking the Powerline Road Trail, up and over Blackrock Mountain (elevation 4440').  The hike out should be around 4 to 4.5 miles.  

Required Items to Bring:


Sleeping Bag and Pad

2-3  liters of water

Food:  1 dinner, 1 bearkfast, 2 lunches, snacks

raingear in case



comfortable hiking clothes (no cotton)

Rope and bear bag to hang food or a bear canister


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Water filter

stove cooking setup

Swim wear/towel



hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the park and ride, take 85 North, exit left onto I985  North.  Follow this all the way through Clayton.  We'll regroup at the Burger King in Clayton and then continue on to Dillard. Just before reaching the NC line turn left onto NC 106 towards Highlands.  In Highlands, turn Right onto US64.  Follow to Cashiers, NC, and continue on US64.  Two miles east of Cashiers, thun left on Cedar Creek Road (SR 1120).  Continue on Cedar Creek for 2.3 miles and turn right on Breedlove Rd.  Take Breedlove Rd 3.5 miles to the trailhead.  Note:  the last 1/4 mile is gravel road.  It is usually passable by most cars.  If not, we have the option to park at the end of the pavement.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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