Everyone is welcome. Group size is limited and RSVP is encouraged.
This event is free, however donations to support Friends of Panthertown are always greatly appreciated! You also will have an opportunity to join Friends of Panthertown or renew your membership during the event.
Hikers can pick which entrance to hike from, with guided groups leaving at 9:30am from both the Salt Rock Gap trail head gate located at end of Breedlove Road (off Cedar Creek Rd. from US 64, just a few miles east of downtown Cashiers), and the Cold Mountain Gap trail head at the end of Cold Mountain Road in Lake Toxaway.
Hikers are asked to bring plenty of water and a lunch to enjoy on the hike.
We expect to hike less than 5 miles on easy to moderately difficult trails and plan to return to parking lot by about 2 pm. Or, come prepared to stick around and you will have a chance to continue exploring Panthertown with others after the guided hike.
National Trails Day® aims to highlight the important work thousands of volunteers do each year to take care of America’s trails. Trails do not just magically appear for our enjoyment; their construction and maintenance takes hours of dedicated planning and labor. So give thanks to your local volunteers and consider taking a day to give back to your favorite trail.
America’s 200,000 miles of trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails give us a means to support good physical and mental health; they provide us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses. All it takes is a willingness to use them!
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent trail systems, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more.
Panthertown Valley is a protected 6,295-acre backcountry recreation area in Nantahala National Forest featuring 30 miles of public non-motorized trails. Hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, anglers, birders, scouts, explorers, and families come from throughout the region and beyond to enjoy this special place.
Friends of Panthertown volunteers maintain and improve the 30-mile public trail system in Panthertown for all to enjoy.
Join Friends of Panthertown to help!