Panthertown Valley - Panthertown Creek (via Cold Mountain Gap) - Member Hike

Hike Name: Panthertown Valley - Panthertown Creek (via Cold Mountain Gap)
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Cashiers
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: PARKING: (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: 2.50 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Cold Mountain Gap
Trails Used: Panthertown Creek Trail
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, Horses
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This hike to Panthertown Creek begins at Cold Mountain Gap and desends along a combination of Forest Roads and hiking trails past Schoolhouse Falls and onto the main corridor trail for Panthertown Valley. Panthertown Creek runs between the two main trailheads at Salt Rock and Cold Mountain Gap.


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