Panthertown Valley - Granny Burrell Falls - Member Hike

Hike Name: Panthertown Valley - Granny Burrell Falls
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Cashiers
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: (Cold Mountain Gap) - From Cashiers at US 64 stoplight, head east for 13 miles to NC 281 north. (Make sure not to take NC 281 south which you will hit first.) Take NC 281 north toward Lake Toxaway, and continue 0.8 miles to Cold Mountain Road (SR 1301). Turn left onto Cold Mountain Road (SR 1301) and continue 5.8 miles to a sharp left turn at Canaan Land (private property). Follow the turn 0.1 mile, then turn right 0.1 miles to the parking area for Panthertown Valley. The National Forest Service has signs that direct you to the lot.
Total Hike Distance: 6.80 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: SR 1301 (Cold Mountain Gap)
Trails Used: Panthertown Creek, Tuckasegee River, Granny Burrell Falls Trails
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Rivers
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Nantahala National Forest
Highlands Ranger District
2010 Flat Mountain Rd,
Highlands, N.C. 28741
(828) 526-3765
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: The National Forest Service acquired Panthertown Valley in 1989 from Duke Power in a deal coordinated by the Nature Conservancy. Surprisingly, the area is still relatively wild with no blazes on the trails and only a few primitive campsites. On this hike, you'll have a chance to see the major waterfalls in the valley including Upper and Middle Warden Falls, Schoolhouse Falls and Granny Burrell Falls. The route also takes you past the Sandbar Pool and the only shelter in Panthertown Valley.


The Kidd

1,850 points


Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Panthertown Valley - Granny Burrell Falls - July 27, 2003 July 27, 2003 4 stars 1 day The Kidd
Panthertown Valley - Granny Burrell Falls - July 26, 2003 July 26, 2003 4 stars 1 day The Kidd


2 replies on “Panthertown Valley - Granny Burrell Falls - Member Hike”

I haven’t been up there in over 25 years (while it was private land) and just wear old jeans or somethiing you don’t mind putting holes in and enjoy. You don’t need an inner-tube – just old jeans or bathing suit.

I really enjoy Panthertown! Granny Burrell is very nice, I like how its set back in the woods.

I was wondering- could you slide down it? It looked like it might be worth a try on a tube, but I wanna know if I’m crazy!

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