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Panthertown Valley

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Panthertown Valley   Backpacking: Panthertown Valley  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 13 2013  6:30 am >> Sun, Jul 14 2013 6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Jun 28 2013 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 11 2013 8:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:3 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike Pawloski
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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: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes




Panthertown Valley, a/k/a Yosemite of the East, is a beautiful area with plenty of waterfalls. In addition, there are hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, mosses, lichens and large mushrooms. Panthers no longer roam the valley, but you may see deer, fox, raccoon, skunk, barred owl, grouse and snakes. The streams are full of brook trout. And the views from the top of the cliffs are absolutely spectacular!

Our camp will be a little under 4k', which is down in the valley, so you need to be in good shape, and able to handle higher altitude for this trip. It's a relatively easy backpacking trip relative to many backpacking trips in the mountains, but due to the alitude, this is not easy for people unwilling to workout and remain in good physical condition.

We will set up camp near the sandbar pool, and have lunch. I intend to hike up river from Schoolhouse falls, spending most of the time in the water at Pot hole and other swimming holes found along that area of the valley. Footware for hiking in water will be beneficial, but not mandatory. It's mid-July, the water will be inviting.

On Sunday we can take a short hike to School House Falls and the top of Little Green Mtn for another beautiful view of the valley below. After the Sunday hike, we will break camp and backpack out the way we came in, about 1.5 miles, but since it goes back up and out of the valley, you need to be in good shape. So come join us on our adventure to this valley nestled along the eastern continental divide. This is a nature's lover hike, and we won't be rushing from one place to another, or rushing to get back to the city.

Required Items to Bring:

Please bring two lunches, dinner and a breakfast.  Also bring a water filter, or arrange to share one. We may stop for some food on the way back to Atlanta on Sunday, but since we'll be hiking a bit on Sunday, I would recommend having at least a light lunch available for down in the valley.

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Beverage of choice for happy hour on the Sandbar pool.

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 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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