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Backpacking: Panthertown Valley

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Panthertown Valley, near Cashiers, NC   Backpacking: Backpacking: Panthertown Valley  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 15 2014  7:00 am >> Sun, Nov 16 2014 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 30 2014 8:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Nov 13 2014 9:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Scott Kozlowski
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:3
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This is a one night backpacking trip to Panthertown Valley. The plan is to leave Atlanta on Saturday morning at 7AM. MikeP. may head over there Friday morning to secure a camp site.  If you are inteterested in going Friday contact MikeP.  

The hike from the trail head to the campsite is approximately 1.5 to 2 miles downhill. We will set up our camp near the Tuckasegee River just past the Sandbar Pool (pictured above).

On Saturday, after settling into camp, we will do a day hike that is approximately 8 miles with 1000’ in elevation gain. You can also choose to sleep in and relax in camp. 

Saturday evening will include the fellowship and camaraderie that are hallmarks of AOC events.

On Sunday we can have a leisurely breakfast and pack up for the trek out.  I would not expect us to leave camp before 10:00am, maybe even as late as 11:00am.

A stop at Cornucopia in Cashiers for lunch on the way home will be an option. 

Be advised that this is Fall backpacking, so please be sure you have appropriate gear.  Average highs for the area are in the mid 50's °F and lows are in the mid 30's °F. (

Number of dogs is limited to 2, and there will already be one dog, Cedar, attending the event.   See Additional Notes regarding dogs.

Required Items to Bring:

Fall Backpacking Essentials 

  • Backpack and small day pack
  • Sturdy hiking boots, socks, and liners
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • Stove (If you don't have one, prearrange to share!)
  • Trail snacks
  • 2 liters of water (Water source available)
  • Water Filter (or prearrange to share)
  • Rain Gear/poncho
  • Bag and Rope to hang Bear Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Whistle and First Aid kit
  • A sense of humor!


Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking Poles
  • Warmer clothing: thermals and fleece (It gets chilly at night)
  • Musical instruments (expect Scott will have his guitar and MJ his harmonica)
  • Snacks/Appetizers to share with the team
  • Saw for firewood gathering


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on I-85 to exit 1 in SC, then north on Hwy 11 about 20 miles to Walhalla. Then West on Hwy 28 and branch to right on Hwy 107 north to Cashiers. At the stoplight in Cashiers, turn Right onto US 64 east for 2 miles to Cedar Creek Road (SR 1120) and take a left. Proceed on Cedar Creek Road for 2.3 miles to Breedlove Road (SR 1121) and turn right. Proceed onto Breedlove Road for 3.5 miles to the Forest Service gate and the Salt Rock Gap trailhead.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
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.


Please contact trip leader (MikeP.) if you would like to bring a dog.   Dogs must be well trained and behave around other dogs/people.

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

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

This trip may be cancelled due to weather.  If this does happen we will try and reschedule for the following weekend.