Posted by: panthertown | May 2, 2018

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 Celebrating our 13th year of Panthertown conservation!

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The mission of Friends of Panthertown is to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve this outstanding natural resource while improving the quality and experience of recreational opportunities in Panthertown Valley.

National Trails Day Hikers in Panthertown

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Blackrock Trail
Overlook Trail
Guided Hike

Hike with Friends this summer to learn more about Panthertown Valley and the work that we do to maintain and protect this special place. Join Friends for exclusive invitations to guided hikes, presentations, and special events. Members and friends will hike up Blackrock Trail and across Overlook Trail for magnificent views of Panthertown Valley.  Some hiking experience is recommended. Group size is limited. 9:30am to 2pm. RSVP or invite your friends via Facebook.

Contact us for more info.

Click here for more information and for a list of additional guided hikes, work projects, and presentations we have planned this summer.


  1. Has anyone hiked to Schoolhouse Falls from Lake Toxaway’s Meadow Ridge off of Panthertown Road? We tried and tried to find the trail but did not. We did find some great blackberry picking though.

  2. several years ago a friend asked me to go on a little hike with him. well, that turned into a long hike and one of the best times i have ever had. i think we walked all day. i have lots of pics that i am very proud of. i will never forget that day.

  3. hello, I am looking for a map of the area for hiking to waterfalls. I see that the forest service has a map, however I can’t get on the site to request one.

  4. This is an incredibly good blog about your group and your mission. I can remember when we still owned the camping and backpacking store “Venture Out” that some of our fastest selling topo maps were for Panthertown. I can’t join you tomorrow but wish you great success doing your maintenance and hope to join you another time. I also have a blog which I’ll be happy to promote your group and include a link to your site in the hopes of attracting more volunteers.

  5. My wife and I tried the Rock Bridge Road entrance for the first time this weekend and hiked the Turkey Knob Trail. When we were rounding a bend near the powerline, we saw our first bear in the wild as it was running up the trail away from us. We decided to head back to the car, since we didn’t know if it might have been a mother with cubs. We then drove to the end of Rock Bridge Road and hiked the trails there.

    How common are bear sightings in Panthertown; and should one have more concern for bears here than in Dupont Forest, for example?

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