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12 Mile Panthertown Valley Day Hike With 10 Waterfalls & 4 Water Crossings

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Panthertown Valley (Cashiers, NC)   Hike: 12 Mile Panthertown Valley Day Hike With 10 Waterfalls & 4 Water Crossings  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 26 2019  6:30 am >> Sat, Oct 26 2019 7:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Oct 18 2019 9:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 25 2019 5:00 pm
Event Duration:13 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Nate Johnson
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Come and find out why Panthertown Valley ( is referred to as the Yosemite of the East on this scenic 12 mile hike.  If you are allergic to water, please do not sign up since there are 4 knee deep water crossings along with the opportunity to see 10 waterfalls.

The carpool will leave SATURDAY MORNING AT 6:30 AM. For anyone that likes to arrive fashionably late, you will only find a fashionably desolate parking lot. There will be a 2.5hour drive to Cashiers NC and the west parking lot. 

we will make a loop starting from the western parking lot.  At key points of interest (listed below) we will stop for 5 minutes for photos and to take in the scenery.  The group will stop at all trail intersections (Panthertown is a maze of trails) to avoid loosing too many hikers.  Most of the hike is easy with a couple of mild climbs. 

Major Points Of Interest:

+ The Overlook (not a waterfall; just a really nice overlook).

+ Riding Ford Falls (view from the top of the waterfall).

+ Jaybone Falls.

+ Warden's Falls (view from the top of the waterfall via optional steep side trail).

+ Schoolhouse Falls (We will take an extended 20 minute break for lunch).

+ Mac's Falls (via optional side trail).

+ Pothole Falls (via optional steep side trail).

+ Greenland Creek Falls.

+ Granny Burrell Falls.

+ Frolictown Falls.

+ Wilderness Falls.

On the way back home we will make an optional stop for dinner stop in Clayton.

Dogs are permitted. Aggressive dogs (and hikers) are not acceptable. If you hate the smell of wet dog (or hiker), you may want to find another hike since odds are both will be wet by the end of the hike.

Required Items to Bring:

Snacks / No-Cook Lunch.

Water (I will have a water purfifier). 

Appropriate Clothing For 12 Miles (keeping in mind the weather can be quite unpredictable in that area).

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Change of dry clothes to keep in the car?


Guitar and/or Ukulele?

80" Plasma TV? iPod, iPad, etc?

Giant Bear Suit?

I really don't care what you want to bring with.  But whatever you have to enjoy the great outdoors has to be carried out!

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

I85 North => I985 / US23 North ~95 miles

Turn RIGHT onto State Hwy 106 for ~15 miles (This road is just before you reach NC)

Turn Right onto US 64 E for ~12 miles.

Past Cashiers Turn LEFT on Cedar Creek Rd Turn Right on Breedlove Rd

When the Pavement Turns to Gravel, you are almost there.  

IF you go too far there is a cliff. The coordinates are 35.168293 (Latitude) & -83.039846 (Longitude).  If you plan to drive and meet us there or lead a carpool, please be familiar with the route.  Cell phone coverage is spotty near Cashiers.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):260Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $104.00 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.


There are bears in the Panthertown Valley.  You do not need to outrun the bear, you just need to outrun the slowest person in the group.

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