Join us tonight at REI Asheville for a free Friends of Panthertown presentation at 7PM. Hiking and camping in Panthertown Valley are two of the most popular activities our visitors enjoy. Find out why and so much more. Door prizes are available tonight for everyone who shows up!
Jason Kimenker, director of Friends of Panthertown, will give a detailed presentation on hiking and camping in Panthertown Valley, this popular backcountry recreation area in Nantahala National Forest. As many have already discovered, Panthertown Valley is one of the most spectacular areas in the southeast with cascading waterfalls, trout streams, panoramic views, sheer granite cliffs, the headwaters of the Tuckaseegee River, and biologically diverse habitats for wildlife and rare plant species. Because of its outstanding geologic formations, forests, streams and native plant life, Panthertown is designated as a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area natural heritage site and by The Wilderness Society as one of North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures. Thirty miles of backcountry trails in Panthertown Valley are open to hikers. Many of those trails also allow mountain biking and equestrian activities. Jason will cover topics such as the history of Panthertown Valley, suggested day hikes and swimming spots in Panthertown, popular waterfalls and overlooks, backcountry camping, and an overview of Friends of Panthertown. He will also touch on upcoming projects, volunteer opportunities, and the most recent U.S. Forest Service news related to Panthertown.
REI Asheville is located at 31 Schenck Parkway (in Biltmore Park Town Square) Asheville. Phone:(828) 687-0918 Web: http://www.rei.com/stores/asheville.html