Posted by: panthertown | November 1, 2015

Welcome Friends!

October 2015 Sunset in Panthertown Valley (Photo by Thomas Mabry)Panthertown is located in western North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. Our volunteers maintain more than 30 miles of trails in this treasured backcountry area. Our members support our conservation efforts through donations and memberships.
The mission of Friends of Panthertown is to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve this outstanding natural resource while improving the quality and experience of recreational opportunities in Panthertown Valley.


Friends of Panthertown is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Posted by: panthertown | December 23, 2015

Winter Welcome in Panthertown

Frozen Schoolhouse Falls. Photo by Todd Ransom.

Frozen Schoolhouse Falls. Photo by Todd Ransom.

Wonderful Winter Welcome

As we each gather together with our families and celebrate this holiday season, we would like to say thank you and wish you a happy and healthy new year.

We want to recognize the exceptional contributions of all our members and the many outstanding volunteers who were a direct part of our successes this year.

2015 was a busy year for Friends of Panthertown and we appreciate everyone who has helped us protect and maintain Panthertown. If you have not yet had a chance to renew your membership, there is still a little time left before 2016.

  • With your support, our dedicated volunteers have maintained 30 miles of public trails this year spread out over 6,295 acres in Panthertown Valley.
  • This fall we removed the invasive autumn olive from Granny Burrell’s homesite along Deep Gap Trail and cleared the way for future upkeep.
  • This summer we helped the U.S. Forest Service complete a much needed parking lot improvement project at the Cold Mountain trail head that will benefit everyone who visits that popular entrance to Panthertown.
  • We continue to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve this outstanding natural resource while improving the quality and experience of recreational opportunities in Panthertown for all users.
Frozen Schoolhouse Falls. Photo by Todd Ransom.

Frozen Schoolhouse Falls. Photo by Todd Ransom, author of Waterfalls of Panthertown Valley


We are preparing for whatever this winter’s weather may bring. With heavy snow and ice predicted, we expected there will be lots of trees and branches coming down and plenty of trail clearing work for us to do by springtime. Our dedicated volunteers work hard to keep your favorite trails clear and maintained for everyone to enjoy.
Thanks again for all your support!

and support the work of Friends of Panthertown:
  1. Join Friends of Panthertown – We work on your behalf to protect Panthertown.
  2. Volunteer – We invite everyone to get involved, whatever your interests & skills are.
  3. Donate – Make a donation today and we will put your gift to good work immediately.
  4. Attend or Sponsor – Our benefit horse exhibition and silent auction is June 25, 2016.
  5. Adopt-A-Trail – Find out how your group can help us protect the trails you love.
  6. Shop at Highland Hiker – Until 12/31, they will donate a portion of your purchase!
  7. Use Amazon Smile – Click link to donate .5% of your sale to Friends of Panthertown.
  8. Tell a Friend! Know someone who loves Panthertown? Invite them to join Friends.

Panthertown Valley Autumn 2015

The U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina is asking for the public’s involvement during the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan revision process, which includes Panthertown Valley and surrounding forests.
Panthertown Valley protects the healthy headwaters of the Tuckasegee River. This precious watershed has been identified as having potential Outstandingly Remarkable Values and may be eligible for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
North Carolina has approximately 37,853 miles of river, of which 144.5 miles are designated as Wild & Scenic — less than 4/10ths of 1% of the state’s river miles. Currently, those rivers include the Chattooga RiverHorsepasture RiverLumber RiverNew River, and Wilson Creek.
If this identified segment of the Tuckasegee is designated Wild & Scenic, Friends of Panthertown will continue to work with the U.S. Forest Service  to be good stewards of its headwaters, which include outstanding and pristine Panthertown Creek and Greenland Creek. Current recreational usages would remain permitted and protected. Only about 1/4 of 1% of our nation’s rivers are protected under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System.

Tuckasegee River Outstanding Remarkable Values

Public meetings scheduled:
Monday, November 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tartan Hall
First Presbyterian Church
26 Church Street, Franklin, N.C.


Monday, November 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mountain View Room
Wilma M. Sherrill Center & Kimmel Arena
University of North Carolina, Asheville


Find out more about the forest plan and more opportunities to get involved:

Meeting Flyer

Forest Service Alert

Due to heavy amounts of rain already received and anticipated heavy rainfall amounts from Hurricane Joaquin, currently a Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. Forest Service will be closing some areas on the National Forests in North Carolina.
“Visitor and Forest Service employee safety is a priority and everyone is encouraged to be prepared for possible flooding, fallen trees, rock slides and other safety concerns. Visitors are encouraged to stay off Forest Service roads and reschedule outdoor activities.”

Due to changing weather conditions other recreational areas and road closures on the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie or Croatan National Forest may occur.

 The U.S. Forest Service has asked visitors to follow these safety tips:

  • Do NOT cross roads that appear flooded
  • While traveling on Forest Service roads slow down for weather conditions, and watch out for locked gates and/or fallen trees

Flash flood, high wind watch alerts, plus a statement on increased risk of life threatening landslides have been issued by the National Weather Service for Jackson County and most of Western North Carolina

Hurricane JoaquinThe most rain Panthertown Valley has seen in a decade is forecast to fall this weekend. The Crossroads Chronicle reports this storm event will likely bring “the most rain the Cashiers area has seen in such a short time span since 2004, when remnants of Hurricane Frances and Ivan hit the area back-to-back and dumped 15 inches of rain“.

In anticipation of the rain, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for southern Jackson County and most of Western North Carolina until 8 a.m. Monday. A high wind watch has also been issued for much of Western North Carolina, in effect from Friday evening through Sunday evening. “Strong wind gusts will combine with saturated soils to create the possibility of numerous downed trees,” the Weather Service advisory states.

Don’t take any chances with your life in Panthertown Valley or anywhere near water! and National Weather Service caution:

“Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning. If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.”

Read more Emergency Preparedness tips here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Jackson County Emergency Management office at (828) 586-7508

Friends of Panthertown Event Poster

Click to view poster.

You are invited to join us for our annual event! Food, music, and fun hosted by Friends of Panthertown. Our picnic is Saturday, August 22 at Camp Merrie-Woode in Sapphire, North Carolina, adjacent to Panthertown Valley, from 3 to 8 pm. Admission is free. Parking is $10 donation per vehicle (includes a prize ticket). Carpooling is encouraged.

ad @ Camp Merrie-Woode

Join us under The Lily Pad, covered pavilion on Lake Fairfield, at Camp Merrie-Woode.

The picnic and concert will be held rain or shine under a covered picnic pavilion on the shores of Fairfield Lake.

Family fun activities from 3 pm to 5 pm include outdoor games, kids’ art table, hiking around the lake, viewing the magnificent waterfall located at Camp Merrie-Woode, and visiting the lush moss garden hidden in a beautiful cove at the end of the lake.

Food, live music, and a festive social event will be from 5 pm to 8 pm, food and beverages from a featured local guest chef will be available to purchase, or you may bring your own picnic to enjoy. Live music by Strange Brew, featuring a talented group of local musicians from Hurricane Creek Band playing originals and upbeat rockin’ classics from Cream, Hendrix, Zepplin, Tom Petty, ZZ Top, and much more!

Friends of Panthertown trail leader, Mike Purdy, will lead a trail building demonstration.

Laurel Article

August 2015 – The Laurel Magazine

Camp Merrie-Woode is located in Sapphire Valley at 100 Merrie-Wood Road off US 64 about five miles east of NC 107 Cashiers. You are welcome to invite your friends, but please leave your pets at home.

For more information: You may visit our Facebook event page, send e-mail to, or call us at (828) 269-HIKE (4453).

Thanks to our event sponsors:
Camp Merrie-Woode, McKee Properties, Landmark Realty Group, Food Matters Market & Cafe, Cruise Planners, Lupoli Construction, Buck’s Coffee Cafe, Sonrise Sanitation, Inc., and Wendy’s of Cashiers.

Friends of Panthertown volunteers are responsible for maintaining 30 miles of public trails in adjacent Panthertown Valley, the popular backcountry recreation area in Nantahala National Forest. This event is held annually to show appreciation to the volunteers, members, and community that give support towards the conservation of Panthertown Valley.

Invite your friends via FacebookInvite your friends or RSVP to this event via Facebook!
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Win A Big Green Egg!
Here is your chance to help support conservation in Panthertown and win a Big Green Egg grill. Winning raffle ticket will be drawn at our August 22 event! Winner does NOT need to be present to win.

Raffle tickets for a chance to win this versatile prize are $5 each or 5 for $20 with proceeds to benefit Friends of Panthertown.

This is your last chance to buy raffle tickets and enter to win a Big Green Egg grill, smoker, and cooker with Big Green Egg Nest!

Parking Lot Improvements

8/7/15 Update: Construction is over! Forest Service Road 4673 and Cold Mountain entrance has re-opened. Enjoy the new parking spaces!

Update (August 7, 2015):

Cold Mountain trail head has re-opened.

Construction is over at the Cold Mountain entrance and the U.S. Forest Service road has been re-opened.
Enjoy the new parking area!

U.S. Forest Service
National Forests in North Carolina


Panthertown Cold Mountain Trail Head Will be Closed August 3rd – 14th, 2015

Cold Mountain Trail Head Closed 8/3 - 8/14

Cold Mountain Trail Head Will Be Closed 8/3 – 8/14

July 31, 2015 – Nantahala District Ranger, Mike Wilkins, advises everyone that Forest Service road 4673 which accesses the Panthertown hiking trail system from the east side in the Cold Mountain area will be closed beginning Monday morning August 3, 2015 on week days until August 14, 2015 to construct a 9 – 12 car parking area. The project is a cooperative effort between the Friends of Panthertown and the US Forest Service made possible by a grant provided by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation.

For more information contact Assistant Ranger, Bryan Killian at 828-524-6441.

Forest Service Road 4673 at Cold Mountain Gap

U.S. Forest Service Road 4673 at Cold Mountain Gap Entrance To Panthertown Temporarily Closed For Planned Parking Area Improvements 8/3 – 8/14

Access to Panthertown’s popular Cold Mountain Gap trail head (located at end of Cold Mountain Road in Lake Toxaway, NC) will be closed on week days beginning Monday, August 3, 2015 through August 14.

Expect heavy equipment, large hauling trucks, and temporary parking restrictions at the Cold Mountain entrance until the trail head improvements are completed.

Please instead use the west entrance at Salt Rock Gap located at the end of Breedlove Road in Cashiers or the much smaller north entrance at Rattlesnake Knob Trail located on Rock Bridge Road (SR 1140) off NC 281 in Toxaway.

Directions to Salt Rock Gap (west entrance):

Approximately 1.5 miles east of Cashiers on US 64, turn north (left coming from Cashiers, right coming from Sapphire/Lake Toxaway) on Cedar Creek Road (SR 1120). Continue on Cedar Creek Road for 2.2 miles and bear right (northeast) on Breedlove Road (SR 1121). There is a Forest Service sign here that indicates Panthertown Access. Drive 3.3 miles to the end of Breedlove Road until the pavement ends and turns to gravel. Continue ¼ mile on the Forest Service gravel road that leads to the Salt Rock Gap trail-head parking area.

Directions to Rattlesnake Knob Trail (north entrance):

From the NC 281/US 64 junction at Lake Toxaway, take 281 north for 9.1 miles to Rock Bridge Road (SR 1140), on left. Take Rock Bridge Road for 0.8 miles to small parking area and the start of Rattlesnake Knob Trail, on left. (From Tuckaseegee, on NC 107, take NC 281 south for 15.9 miles to Rock Bridge Road, on right.)

Click here for project updates via our Facebook page.

Find out how you can help support the work we are doing! Become a Friend.

Friends of PanthertownFriends of Panthertown is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Our mission is to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve this outstanding natural resource while improving the quality and experience of recreational opportunities in Panthertown Valley.

Send E-mail or call for more info: (828) 269-HIKE (4453)

Forest Plan Revision

U.S. Forest Service wants to hear from the public on how best to manage more than 1 million acres of public land in Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests. Get involved!

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are enjoyed by millions of people every year. Encompassing more than 1 million acres in western North Carolina, these natural areas provide a wide array of benefits including clean air and water, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, solitude, forest products such as timber, and much more. The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests extend along the Appalachian Mountains of 18 counties in western North Carolina.

Nanthala-Pisgah National ForestsPisgah National Forest was established in 1916 and Nantahala National Forest in 1920. These two national forests attract more visitors annually than most other national forests in the country and include the heavily used Appalachian National Scenic Trail as well as six federally designated wilderness acres totaling approximately 66,550 acres.

Every national forest and grassland has a management plan. The U.S. Forest Service’s National Forests in North Carolina are in the process of revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan which will direct the management of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, including Panthertown Valley, Bonas Defeat, and Big Pisgah for the next 15- 20 years.

WLOS ABC News 13WLOS ABC News 13 reported on Thursday that the
Plan Would Open 700,000 Acres To Logging
Published November 13, 2014

The Forest Service is requesting feedback from the public, and expects to modify the plan within the coming months in response to public comment.

The Forest Service is requesting feedback from the public, and expects to modify the plan within the coming months in response to public comment.

The Forest Service is requesting feedback from the public, and expects to modify the plan within the coming months in response to public comment.

Like other national forests and grasslands, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are public lands. These ecologically important, natural areas are owned by the public and managed for multiple uses by the U.S. Forest Service. After development, the Revised Forest Plan will supersede the 1987 Forest Plan, as amended, and will provide direction to assure coordination of multiple-uses such as outdoor recreation, timber, watershed, wildlife and fish, and wilderness as well as sustained yield of products and services.

Members of the public have a right to provide input on how the lands are managed, and Plan revision is one of the best opportunities. All members of the public are invited to participate in the Plan revision process.

The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft of their forest management revision plan. Friends of Panthertown has been a part of the revision process since the beginning and encourages public participation. View proposed revision draft materials presented at public meetings held in October and November.

Comments or questions about the Plan revision or process can be sent by email to:

Hard copies of comments can be mailed to:

National Forests in North Carolina
Nantahala-Pisgah Plan Revision
160 Zillicoa St. Suite A
Asheville, NC 28801

Asheville Citizen-Times published this article about the plan revision:

Asheville Citizen-Times

Logging in Pisgah, Nantahala forests hanging in the balance
Published November 13, 2014

The Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Management Plan will guide the future of about one million acres of federal land for up to 15 years in areas such as timber, water, wildlife and recreation.

Smoky Mountain News has an extensive article about the plan:

SmokyMountainNews-crForests for the future: First glimmers of forest plan draw polarized reactions
Published November 12, 2014

Let your voice be heard
There’s no formal comment period on the material presented at this round of presentations, but the Forest Service is soliciting comments to guide it as it tweaks the direction of the plan and fills in some details. All materials from the presentations are online.
Comments received by mid-December will have the most impact on the process. They can be sent to or 160 Zillicoa St., Suite A, Asheville, N.C. 28805.

Updated report from Blue Ridge Now:

Draft forest plan adds 700,000 acres to ‘timber base'”
Published November 16, 2014

Not only does the draft plan allow logging on 164,000 more acres than the existing one, conservationists point out that the Forest Service is planning to open up areas previously protected from timber operations, areas they have fought to exclude in the past.

By taking such a broad-brush approach to logging, the agency is missing an opportunity to truly restore even-aged forests left behind by years of clear-cutting, said Josh Kelly, public lands biologist with the Western North Carolina Alliance.

“The Forest Service could sell more timber, meet game wildlife goals for hunters and fulfill its ecological responsibility by focusing its limited budget on restoring degraded areas with existing road access,” Kelly said. “We have a historic opportunity to care for this forest like it deserves — a real win-win solution — but if the plan is mired in conflict, none of that work will get done.”

Carolina Public Press

Carolina Public PressForest Lookouts: Deciding the future of WNC’s national forests
Published October 22, 2014
Part 1

WNC’s National Forests: Is the public in? Or are we out?
Published October 31, 2014
Part 2

About the Forest Lookout series
This story launches a Carolina Public Press in-depth reporting project about the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests which are – for the first time in 20 years – undergoing an extensive re-planning process. Hiking through the national forests, paddling a river or fishing a stream, you can’t see the plan. But this process – which will ultimately oversee more than 1 million acres in 18 mountain counties using a process that has been largely untested on the East Coast – will have innumerable impacts on Western North Carolina’s residents, economies and environment. In Forest Lookouts, Carolina Public Press will pull back the layers of bureaucracy to report on the plan’s players and leaders, analyze the plan’s inception and implementation, find what community leaders, elected officials and conservationists think are the biggest issues facing the forests and explore the best ways to manage the forest for future generations — all to help residents across North Carolina understand what’s going on and how to participate.

High Country Press

High Country PressU.S. Forest Service Proposes Opening Roughly 700,000 Acres of Pisgah-Nantahala to Logging Program
Published November 12, 2014

The Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest has become a tourism and recreation destination, and revenue generated by visitors is a major driver of the western North Carolina economy. The National Forests of North Carolina are the third most visited national forest in the country. Industrial logging not only damages scenery and natural features, which are the key draw for half of those visits, but also requires popular areas to be closed to the public for months at a time while trees are being cut.

Mountain Xpress

Mountain XpressThe forest for the trees: Debating Forest Service plan at Newsmakers forum
Published November 13, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 13, the Asheville-based investigative news outlet Carolina Public Press hosted its first Newsmakers series — in this case, a lively discussion that dived questions about the U.S. Forest Service’s draft plan for 1 million acres of public lands in Western North Carolina.

Interactive media forum looks at the future of WNC’s forests
Published November 12, 2014

“The Future of WNC’s National Forests,” hosted by Carolina Public Press, will be held tomorrow morning, featuring a live interview followed by a public Q&A period with panelists from National Forests of North Carolina, American Whitewater, The Wilderness Society and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Mountaineer

The Mountaineer

Forest Service proposes logging Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest
Published November 13, 2014

This industrial-style logging would also require cutting new roads for trucks and equipment into sensitive, unspoiled backcountry areas.

Other Voices

Revision Plan

U.S. Forest Service proposes opening 700,000 acres of Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest to logging

Environmental Law CenterSouthern Environmental Law Center expresses their strong concerns and criticisms that U.S. Forest Service Proposes Opening Most of the Popular Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest to Logging, request public get involved.

WNCAWestern North Carolina Alliance has asked the public to take action by sending comments to the USFS. U.S. Forest Service proposes opening most of Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest to logging “Forest Service proposes massive logging program in an area bigger than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park”

The Wilderness SocietyThe Wilderness Society encourages public participation in the plan revision process, “North Carolina’s Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest’s management plans are currently in the process of being revised by the US Forest Service. These plans only get revised once every 15-20 years and this is a critical time to let your voice be heard! The Forest Service is proposing a shocking proportion of the landscape for timber production!”

Wild SouthWild South reports, “The US Forest Service has unveiled plans to open nearly 700,000 acres of YOUR National Forests to logging. This represents 70% of the forests which are prized for their recreational resources, wildlife habitats, clean water, and much more than just timber.”

Take Action NOW to Protect The Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests

Take Action Now

The U.S. Forest Service is requesting feedback from the public on the Nantahala-Pisgah forest management plan revisions. Public participation is extremely important.

Posted by: panthertown | November 11, 2014

U.S. Forest Service Prescribed Burn of Big Green

Prescribed Burn

The U.S. Forest Service has been planning to conduct a series of prescribed burns this fall throughout the Nantahala Ranger District. Panthertown is part of the Nantahala National Forest. Read the USFS Decision Memo – Big Green Mountain Prescribed Burn Unit for specifics on how this effects Panthertown. According to the Forest Service, they will conduct these understory burns to reduce hazardous fuel and restore conditions in the forest. They go on to describe prescribed fire as a method to promote forest health and wildlife habitat. Public safety is their highest priority during a prescribed burn. The dates for each burn are announced as they are decided, often the same day, and weather permitting.

Controlled BurnYesterday, on Monday November 10, 2014, with ideal weather conditions for their work, the U.S. Forest Service Nantahala fire management team performed their first controlled burn in Panthertown Valley: 497 acres on Big Green mountain. Today, the U.S. Forest Service plans to apply similar controlled fire treatments to 240 acres on Awl Knob in Bonas Defeat (northern part of Panthertown) and 842 acres on Moses Creek area (684 acres on Coward Bald, 158 acres on Moses Creek). Heavy smoke is expected.

For more information on the prescribed burns conducted in Nantahala National Forest contact Fire Management Officer Greg Brooks at the Nantahala Ranger District office at (828) 524-6441 ext. 418 or

U.S. Forest Service Links:

Prescribed Burns Planned for Nantahala Ranger District
USFS Press Release – October 29, 2014

USFS: Prescribed Burning Season to Begin
USFS Press Release – October 1, 2014

Restoring Fire to the Mountains
USFS Website

Decision Memo: Big Green Mountain Prescribed Burn Unit
USFS Decision Memo – April 2014

Other Background Info:

Friends of Panthertown comments on U.S. Forest Service prescribed burning in Panthertown Valley
Friends of Panthertown – October 1, 2012

Prescribed Fire Information
Friends of Panthertown – September 20, 2012

Forest Service Ignites Firestorm Over Proposed Burn
Smoky Mountain News – September 19, 2012

More Info About USFS Prescribed Burn Scoping Proposal
Friends of Panthertown – September 19, 2012

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Panthertown Burn
Friends of Panthertown – September 10, 2012

Nantahala National Forest – Future Prescribed Burns
Friends of Panthertown – September 6, 2012

Friends of PanthertownBecome a member of Friends of Panthertown to help us protect and maintain Panthertown Valley for all to enjoy. The mission of Friends of Panthertown is to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve this outstanding natural resource while improving the quality and experience of recreational opportunities in Panthertown Valley. We hope you will get involved and join or volunteer today! All donations are tax deductible.

Posted by: panthertown | October 29, 2014

Prescribed Burns Planned for Nantahala Ranger District

Prescribed-Burn-SignPrescribed burning season is here in Nanthala National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has decided to add Panthertown to a 2-4 year prescribed fire rotation in the district. After making the decision to burn Big Green in April 2014, the U.S. Forest Service published this press release on October 29 concerning prescribed burning to be conducted this fall in Panthertown and Bonas Defeat.

We will share more information as we have it.

FRANKLIN, N.C., Oct. 29, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a series of prescribed burns in the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, this fall. Weather will dictate the dates of the prescribed burns. All four sites are located in southern Jackson County.

The Moses Creek area burn units are:

Coward Bald (684 acres)
Moses Creek (158 acres)

The Panthertown area burn unit is:

Big Green (497 acres)

The Bonas Defeat area burn unit is:

Awl Knob (240 acres)

The Forest Service will conduct these understory burns to reduce hazardous fuel and restore conditions in the forest. Prescribed burning also promotes forest health and wildlife habitat. Public safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn. The dates for each burn will be announced as they are decided and weather permitting.

For more information contact, Fire Management Officer Greg Brooks at the Nantahala Ranger District office at 828-524-6441.

Click here to learn more about restoring fire to the mountains.

Friends of Panthertown
Friends of Panthertown
Annual Membership Meeting & Social Event
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
6 – 8 PM
Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center
355 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC 28717
All are welcome!

Light refreshments will be served.
Please invite your friends!
More info: (828) 269-HIKE (4453)
or e-mail:

Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center

Join us Tuesday, 8/19 at Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center. Photo: Nick Breedlove

Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center

Meet others who also love Panthertown!

There will be door prizes and other fun surprises at this free event, plus an opportunity to socialize with others who care for Panthertown. We will give updates on current and future conservation projects, and recognize the outstanding contributions of our volunteers, partners, and members. There will be time for questions, comments, and discussion.

Dan Pittillo will give a Panthertown presentation.

Dan Pittillo will give a Panthertown presentation.

Dr. Dan Pittillo, A.B., M.S., Ph.D., Biology and Botany, a member of the Friends of Panthertown Board of Trustees and resident expert on Panthertown Valley’s ecology, will give a short presentation on Panthertown’s plants and flowers. Dan is a retired Professor of Biology who taught plant science and ecology at Western Carolina University for four decades (1966-2004), and directed the Western Carolina University Herbarium from 1970 to his retirement in 2005. He served as the Editor of the Chinquapin newsletter for the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society from 1993 to 2012 and is one of the co-founders of Friends of Panthertown.

Burt Kornegay

Meet Burt Kornegay

Board member Burt Kornegay, adventure guide and author of A Guide’s Guide to Panthertown Valley, will be on hand to answer questions about his newly revised map, and to swap stories about favorite hikes in Panthertown. Burt is a veteran of the US Marine Corps (1972-74). He has a B.A. in history from the University of Oregon (1976) and an M.A. in English from the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill (1980). He was president of the NC Bartram Trail Society for 12 years, and he is co-author of the NC Bartram Trail series of maps. Burt is a freelance writer with numerous published articles about wilderness skills, backwoods safety, and natural history. Burt has been written about in such magazines as National Geographic, Backpacker, Blue Ridge Country, Southern Living, Cooking Light, American Hiker, Southeastern Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife In North Carolina, and Our State. He is also one of the co-founding members of Friends of Panthertown.

Photographer Todd Ransom, creator of Waterfalls of Western North Carolina, and member of Friends of Panthertown, will be on hand to answer questions about his recently released book, Waterfalls of Panthertown Valley.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 19 for what is sure to be an enjoyable evening.

Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center

Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center

Volunteer OpportunitiesOur next Trail Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 23. Check back on our website for more details.

Intern WantedVolunteers are always welcome, and right now Friends of Panthertown also has an internship opportunity available. All skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Our interns work directly with our Executive Director and Board of Trustees to gain valuable organizational training and outdoor leadership skills, help lead work days, develop conservation projects, plan outreach events, assist with coordination of volunteers, learn about grant funding, and share enriching experiences with others who care deeply for Panthertown. Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to be considered for this position. E-mail or call (828) 269-HIKE (4453) for more information.

We are an equal opportunity organization. All are welcome to participate.

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