Welcome to Panthertown

Often called the “Yosemite of the East”

Friends of Panthertown Protects & Maintains Panthertown Valley

Forest Service Alert

Bear-Resistant Containers Are NOW REQUIRED For Overnight Camping In Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley is a treasured 6,311-acre backcountry recreation area 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 part of the Panthertown-Bonas Defeat Bear Management Area,  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 enable sustainable recreation in Panthertown. You can help by leaving no trace when you visit.

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.

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How To Contact Us

(828) 269-HIKE (4453)

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Explore Panthertown

Directions to Panthertown trailheads and parking.

Direction and Maps