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Panther Creek Falls Hike and Swim

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Panther Creek Recreational Area Clarksville, GA   Hike: Panther Creek Falls Hike and Swim  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 24 2018  9:30 am >> Sun, Jun 24 2018 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jun 20 2018 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jun 23 2018 10:10 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Come join us for a 7 mile hike and swim in the GA Mountains at The Panther Creek Recreation Area. We will be going on The Panther Creek Trail which follows Panther Creek through stands of white pine and hemlock along the steep, rocky bluffs of the creek.  

The majority of the trail is flat and shaded but there are some rocky and potentially slippery areas and a few steep inclines near the waterfall. We will hike at a leisurely to moderate pace and will stop at some of the more scenic locations. 

The 3.5 mile trail from the parking lot reaches the beautiful, multi- cascading waterfalls of Upper Panther Creek Falls. The creek’s small cascades flow over the wide, tiered rock outcrop, pooling before dropping toward the immense lower falls downstream. We will stop about one and half hours to have lunch and swim and enjoy the water fall, then backktrack down to the parking lot to complete the loop.

The car pool in the morning will leave Windward Park and Ride PROMPTLY at 9:30 am. There are no restrooms at the Windward Park and Ride or at the Panther Creek parking lot.  We will have a restroom stop as we get closer to Panther Creek Park. The hike will begin at 11:15 am.

There is a $3.00 parking fee at Panther. 

Please note: This is a no rush hike to enjoy the scenary and water fall, however you must be able to keep up with group and hike on average 2.5 miles per hour.

Required Items to Bring:



Good hiking shoes/boots, towel, change of clothes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

Bug spray/sun screen


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the Windward Park and Ride in Alpharetta, GA:
- Get on GA-400 N/US-19 N from Windward Pkwy (1.0 mi / 3 min)
- Follow GA-400 N/US-19 N to GA-306 E. Take Exit #17 from GA-400 N/US-19 N (15.0 mi / 14 min)
- Get on GA-365 N/US-23 N in Hall County (20.4 mi / 30 min)
- Follow US-23 N to Travis Smith Rd in Habersham County (35.6 mi / 32 min)
- Drive to Old Historic U.S.441 N (1.0 mi / 2 min)
- Turn left onto Travis Smith Rd (0.2 mi / 1 min)
- Turn right onto Old Historic U.S.441 N. Destination will be on the left (0.8 mi / 2 min)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):150Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.00 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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

Money for car pool and parking.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.