Gather Around: Panthertown Trail Tales

Panthertown Trail Tales June 2021

Panthertown Trail Tales – Volume 1 – Tuesday, June 15, 2021

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Friends of Panthertown will be hosting an informal community sharing of stories from Panthertown Valley on Tuesday, June 15 at Whiteside Brewing Co. in Cashiers.

Gather Around

If you are a Panthertown regular or someone who is new to this beautiful place, you will want to join us for an informal get-together where we share stories about our common interest.

Bring Your Trail Tales — Listen to Ours

Friends of Panthertown Executive Director, Jason Kimenker, and Trail Stewardship Coordinator, Krista Robb, will be there to share tales along with some special guests*:

  • Mike Purdy has walked many miles in the Valley, as it is his “backyard”; also, he is the retired Trail Crew Leader for the Friends of Panthertown workdays.
  • Burt Kornegay, retired outfitter and guide, and creator of the well-known map, “A Guide’s Guide to Panthertown”, is an expert with memorable Panthertown Valley stories. Burt will join us in July.

Other Board members for Friends of Panthertown will also be in attendance.

All Are Welcome

Whiteside Brewing Co. is a casual local restaurant. We will be outside enjoying the fresh air. You’re invited to join us. Menu items will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Grab some food and gather around. Then let the storytelling begin …

More info about Friends of Panthertown and Panthertown Valley is available at

* Schedule of guest storytellers is subject to change.

Upcoming Events

More Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, May 29 – Trail Work Day & Hike 🌳

Thursday, June 3 – Panthertown Pruning Party 🎉
Saturday, June 5 – National Trails Day
Thursday, June 10 – Panthertown Pruning Party 🎉

Saturday, June 12 – Guided Hike to Blackrock Overlook & Granny Burrell Falls (RSVP to sign-up)

Saturday, June 19 – Trail Work Day & Hike 🌳
Saturday, June 26 – Trail Work Day & Hike 🌳

Panthertown Valley is a treasured 6,311-acre backcountry recreation area with more than 30 miles of public trails located on Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina, on the Eastern Continental Divide, between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Friends of Panthertown, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation and stewardship organization that works 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.

Help Sustain Our Trails
If you would like to make a donation in support of the conservation, stewardship, and maintenance work Friends of Panthertown is doing on behalf of all who visit this special place, please consider contributing to the Panthertown Stewardship Fund

One comment

  1. It is so good to see the growing interest in Panthertown— I enjoy reading your news! My husband and I were fortunate to be led on multiple hikes by Carlton McNeil — in his boots with no socks and his very sharp “weed whacker”! He walked to our house on Fox Run Ridge more than once to take us to a place he wanted us to see. He was a remarkable man ! You are to be commended for caring for those beautiful trails so that others can enjoy the natural beauty. Take care of them!

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