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Friends of Panthertown is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Your membership contribution is tax-deductible and goes a long way towards helping us protect and maintain this outstanding natural resource. We rely on the continued passionate and committed support of our volunteers, members, and donors, just like you! Thank you for considering becoming a supporting member of Friends of Panthertown.
Every time you visit Panthertown, you’re benefiting from the work we’re doing, so we’re asking you to do your part in conserving this outstanding natural resource. We appreciate our Friends and rely on your generous financial support to continue funding much-needed conservation projects in Panthertown Valley.
In the last few years, thanks to membership contributions and volunteer efforts, the Friends of Panthertown have funded many necessary conservation projects throughout the valley, provided outdoor recreation opportunities and trained hundreds of volunteers, educated visitors on Leave No Trace backcountry priciples, and advocated for the protection and stewardship of Panthertown Valley. At the request of the Nantahala National Forest District Ranger, we purchased and installed Carsonite trail marker signs at all major trail intersections, built informational bulletin boards with large maps at the trail heads, purchased tools and safety equipment for our volunteers, collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service to create a sustainable trail system and trail map, and recorded more than 10,000 volunteer hours maintaining trails, repairing bridges, building staircases, and improving recreational opportunities in Panthertown Valley.
But, there’s still much work to be done. We could use your help!
Right now, in 2017 we working on raising funds to maintain and improve 30 miles of public trails in Panthertown Valley.
- Purchase and protect the Salt Rock trailhead property (and transfer to USFS)
- Plan and build an observation boardwalk for visitors to safely view the bog in Panthertown
- Purchase additional trail tools and safety equipment for our volunteers to use
- Qualify for grants and
- work with USFS to improve the Salt Rock parking area
Federal funding for public lands has steadily declined over the last decade. Each dollar you give is an investment in Panthertown’s future – and all donations made to Friends of Panthertown are tax-deductible. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Fed tax ID # is 27-3758868. A receipt for your donation and member decal will be mailed to you.
- Mac’s Falls – $25 (student)
- Riding Ford Falls – $35 (individual)
- Frolictown Falls – $50 (family)
- Granny Burrell Falls – $100
- Schoolhouse Falls – $250
- Wilderness Falls – $500
- Greenland Creek Falls – $1,000
(or any amount you you wish to give, all donations are greatly appreciated)
Please send your membership donation to:
Friends of Panthertown
PO Box 51
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: (828) 269-HIKE (4453)
Click here to make a fast and easy secure online payment. A tax receipt confirmation of your donation will be immediately e-mailed to you, and a member decal and member information will be mailed to the address you provide on the donation form.
You may download our membership brochure.
Our brochure is filled with info about Panthertown Valley and Friends of Panthertown. Please note: This PDF document is a LARGE 3.5MB file! Depending on your internet connection speed this may take a while to download.
You may also request that we mail you a membership form. Just ask!
Honor someone special by helping to protect Panthertown Valley.
All donations and memberships are appreciated. You may wish to make a donation in honor of someone special, or to signify an important event in your life, or give a memorial gift or create a memorial in honor of a loved one, or include Friends of Panthertown in your estate planning. Contact Jason Kimenker, Executive Director of Friends of Panthertown, at (828) 269-HIKE (4453) or send e-mail for details.
“Protecting and maintaining Panthertown Valley”