Welcome to Panthertown

NEWS: Next Panthertown Guided Hike is Saturday May 8. Everyone is welcome.

NEWS: Announcing Panthertown Stewardship Fund to conserve Panthertown.

Often called the “Yosemite of the East”

Friends of Panthertown Protects & Maintains Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley is a treasured 6,311-acre backcountry recreation area located on Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, on the eastern continental divide, between the Great Smoky Mountains and the 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 features a diversity of native flora and fauna, pristine headwaters of the Tuckasegee River, a rare high-elevation southern Appalachian mountain bog, dozens of waterfalls, granite cliffs and domes, and is part of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and Bonas Defeat-Panthertown American Black Bear Sanctuary. ➡️

What Our Organization Does


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


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

Panthertown Volunteers (September 2020)

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

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.


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

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

(828) 269-HIKE (4453)

More Ways to Get In Touch

Explore Panthertown

Directions to Panthertown trailheads and parking.

Direction and Maps