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Panther Creek Falls Hike & Swim

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Panther Creek Falls Parking Lot   Hike: Panther Creek Falls Hike & Swim  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jul 4 2018  9:30 am >> Wed, Jul 4 2018 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Jun 29 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 4 2018 7:00 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
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: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Come and enjoy the independence holiday with a hike -- a hike with a reward -- a cool swim at the beautiful Panther Creek Falls. We will leave the Park & Ride  promptly at 8 am planning to arrive at the trail head by 9:30. The scenic in-and-out trail follows Panther creek for about 3.5 miles downstream to the beautiful Panther Creek Falls. The roar of the creek can be seen or heard seen throughout much of the hike. The trail is mostly flat, but there are some short sections of steep inclines and the last quarter of a mile before the waterfall has some technical terrain requiring scrambling over narrow, rocky ledges.

After arriving at the falls, we will take about 1.5 hours to to enjoy the scenery, lunch/snack, and take a dip to cool off in the pool created by the waterfall.

We will then hike back. We plan to be back to the parking lot by about 3:30 and back at the carpool by 5 pm.

This will be a no-rush hike – enjoying the walk in the woods by the creek. However, be prepared to tackle some short technical sections during the hike, but nothing a good D3 hiker can’t handle.

Required Items to Bring:

Hike appropriate footwear

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles
Something to swim in

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take I-985 North which turns into US 23/441. 16 miles past Cornelia, turn left onto Glen Hardman Road, then turn right onto Historic 441 for 1 mile to the Panther Creek Recreation Area parking lot.
* There is a $4 parking fee per car at the trail head. Bring $1 bills if you are driving *

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):148Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $59.20 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.

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