Welcome to Panthertown

NEWS: Volunteer Trail Work Mon-Tue Aug. 2-3

NEWS: Leave No Trace Hot Spot August 30-Sept 3

NEWS: Panthertown Stewardship Fund launched.

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.

Popular Activities

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 Panthertown Valley. Panthertown Trail System

Panthertown is protected as part of the Bonas Defeat-Panthertown 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

Recreation

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

Conservation

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

Stewardship
Panthertown Volunteers (September 2020)

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

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

How You Can Help

Leave No Trace

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

Volunteer

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

Donate
Volunteers in Panthertown

Your tax-deductible gift will help us protect and maintain Panthertown for everyone. Thank you!

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

© 1999 by the 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

friends@panthertown.org
(828) 269-HIKE (4453)

More Ways to Get In Touch

Explore Panthertown

Directions to Panthertown trailheads and parking.

Direction and Maps

DONATE TO THE PANTHERTOWN STEWARDSHIP FUND