Known as the Yosemite of the East, Panthertown Valley is a high-altitude valley (for the east) in the mountains of North Carolina that contains and is ringed by a multitude of massive granite cliffs and majestic mountains.
This is a popular backpacking destination due to the beautiful mountains, amazing views, gorgeous rivers and streams, and the abundance of waterfalls. Panthertown doesn't just have one attraction: it has a true multitude!
The network design of the trail system can make it easy to get lost at times, so bring a map. However, this design makes it a very easy beginners introduction to backpacking, since you are never more than a few miles from your car. Because of the design, you can do a multi-day backpacking expedition, see a significant amount of area, and still end up back at your car right where you started. As a result, the logistics of hiking in Panthertown are much easier (again, beginner friendly) than doing an epic point-to-point hike on something like the Appalachian Trail.
Many of the trails are open to mountain bikes, and some are open to horses.
Trail length: 35 miles
Posted by Greg Heil on September 14, 2011
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Reviewed by Greg Heil on May 7, 2012
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This is a beautiful area and is great for a day hike or a multi day backpacking excursion. If you can, bring the mountain bike, rock climbing gear, and/or fishing gear as well!
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