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Panthertown Valley Basecamp and Day Hiking (Bear Canister or Ursack Required)

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Cashiers, NC   Backpacking: Panthertown Valley Basecamp and Day Hiking (Bear Canister or Ursack Required)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Nov 29 2019  7:00 am >> Sun, Dec 1 2019 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Nov 14 2019 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Nov 28 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Eric P
Grant Brown
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Panthertown Valley is a great place to spend a weekend wandering around. There are many waterfalls and rocky overlooks accessible through a web of official and unofficial trails. I personally love the unofficial trails but will fully admit that they can get overgrown and muddy. If you sign up for this event please make sure to have a good attitude and sense of adventure.

On the first day we will walk in and find a site covering 2-4 miles, after that we will spend the rest of the day exploring without packs. My preferred site is by Jawbone Falls but that is a popular spot and may not be available. Please be prepared to carry a pack for longer than 4 miles in case we have to try a few different areas to find a nice large group site. I want to go with the flow on this trip so the exact plans for what we will see and do over the three days will change depending on the weather and the interests of the group. You should expect to cover 8-12 miles each of the first 2 days and around 2-4 the last day.

With it being fall you should expect it to get cold with the night time temperature getting down to or potentially significantly below freezing but in the South you never really know until a few days out. Please make sure that you bring clothing and sleeping gear that is appropriate for the weather. There are lots of places to get in the water if you want to be known as that one crazy person who swam in the frigid water. I don't do fires but understand if the group wants to make a reasonably sized fire. Please no giant bonfires.

***Several AOC groups have had issues with bears this year at Panthertown. While not yet required by law, I am requiring you to bring a bear canister or ursack for this trip. This is to protect yourself and the bears.***

The best paper map of the area can be purchased online: . I have a couple copies to share between the group during the trip if people like that kind of thing. Additionally mobile apps like Gaia gps often show many of the unofficial paths well.

The plan is to head out in the morning right after breakfast on the last day to get back into Atlanta no later than 3pm. This should give anyone wanting to go to the AOC Holiday Social time to cleanup before that event

Required Items to Bring:


Tent  / Tarp / Hammock

Sleeping Bag / Sleeping Pad / Quilt

2 Dinners, 2 Lunches, 2 Breakfast, and Snacks

Clothing appropriate for the weather

1-2 Liters of Water

Way to treat additional water(Pump,chemicals,etc)

Bear canister or Ursack 

Head lamp/flashlight

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Change of clean clothes for the car

Day Pack


Spade and Toilet Paper

Sun screen

Bug Spray

How to Get There:
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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):256Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $102.40 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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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.