Welcome to Panthertown

  • Burn Ban In Effect - NO FIRES


    Burn ban issued for all North Carolina counties
    due to hazardous forest fire conditions
    (effective November 29 until further notice)

  • Forest Service Alert

    Important Message from U.S. Forest Service

    (Posted November 24): “Duke Energy will have equipment and trucks parked at Salt Rock Trailhead to begin maintenance work needed on North Road (FS 452) about 1.29 miles long to Powerline Road (FS 451) about 1 mile up from the intersection of North Road and Powerline Road.

    Work will begin on Monday, November 29th, 2021 and will end on December 18th, 2021.  The Trails will not close.  There will be traffic control on both sides to safely manage folks hiking/biking in and out of those trails.

    The Nantahala Ranger District recommends Equestrian Users to not use North Road (FS 452) during that time period.

  • Plateau Magazine - October 2021

    This Land Is Your Land; This Land Is My Land

    Panthertown Feature
    October-November 2021
    Plateau Magazine

Often called the “Yosemite of the East”

Friends of Panthertown Protects & Maintains Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley is a treasured 6,311-acre backcountry area & bear sanctuary featuring more than 30 miles of public trails located on Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina, on the Eastern Continental Divide, between the Great Smokies & Blue Ridge Mountains. ➡️
Visitor’s Guide
Schoolhouse Falls 2020

Tips and suggestions to make your visit more enjoyable. Everyone is welcome in Panthertown.
Check our Visitor’s Guide.

Hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, rock climbers, anglers, kayakers, birders, backpackers, scouts, and many more enjoy visiting.

Trail System Info
Panthertown Volunteers (September 2020)

Friends of Panthertown maintains 30 miles of public non-motorized trails in the Panthertown Valley Trail System.

Panthertown is protected as part of the Panthertown-Bonas Defeat Bear Sanctuary,  Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. It features a diversity of native flora and fauna, granite cliffs and domes, the pristine headwaters of the Tuckasegee River, a rare high-elevation southern Appalachian mountain bog, and dozens of waterfalls. ➡️

What Our Organization Does


We conserve, monitor, and help protect the many natural resources that make up this special place.


We improve the quality and experience of recreational opportunities available in Panthertown.

Panthertown Volunteers (September 2020)

We encourage stewardship of the forest through community partnerships, outreach, and education.

Friends of Panthertown works in partnership with U.S. Forest ServiceLeave No TraceNational Wilderness Stewardship AllianceAmerican TrailsAmerican Hiking Society,  Boys & Girls ClubMainspring Conservation Trust, and many others➡️

How You Can Help


Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. We invite you to become one today! All welcome.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace when you visit Panthertown. Help us keep this place wild and natural for all to enjoy.

Volunteers in Panthertown

Your tax-deductible gift will support our work to protect and maintain Panthertown for everyone. Thank you!

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

© Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org

About Our Org

Friends of Panthertown is a 501(c)3 nonprofit org.

More About Us

How To Contact Us

(828) 269-HIKE (4453)

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Explore Panthertown

Directions to Panthertown trailheads and parking.

Direction and Maps


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