Update: A video of this presentation has been provided courtesy of Canary Coalition.

Upcoming Event: Saturday, Sept. 2 – Panthertown Guided Hike & Trail Cleanup


View of Panthertown Valley from Blackrock Overlook. Photo by Thomas Mabry.

Whence These Mountains?

The Geology That Makes Cashiers and Panthertown Special

A Free Presentation at Albert Carlton – Cashiers Community Library

Tuesday, July 18 from 5:30 – 7:30pm

Presented by Friends of Panthertown
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Add this event to your FacebookWant to know the history of these mountains? Ever wonder about those big rock walls down in Lonesome Valley and Panthertown Valley? Or why is Cashiers Valley so much higher than the valleys down in Sylva or Franklin, and why do the roads get so steep (and curvy) in all directions?

Panorama from Salt Rock

Panorama of Panthertown Valley from Salt Rock Gap (Photo submitted by Bill Jacobs)

Bill Jacobs got an itch to understand these things, and for the past several years has been taking courses, reading the literature, and doing field trips to get answers. He is not a geologist, but has become a pretty serious geology buff. He has found a remarkable story that he enjoys sharing with his Cashiers neighbors and friends. He will do this in a lecture full of illustrations, photos and rock samples, and with the bare minimum of technical jargon – he has read doctoral dissertations, but he is a layman who uses language and concepts that don’t require a graduate degree.Yeti_Hopper_Raffle_Poster

Learn more about Friends of Panthertown, Panthertown Valley, and the geology of the Cashiers area at this free presentation.

Arrive early for a chance to win one of several Panthertown-related door prizes.

We will also be drawing a winner for our raffle for a YETI cooler. More info about the raffle is here: www.panthertown.org/raffle/

Posted by: panthertown | June 27, 2017

Forest Plan Revision Open House

Geographic Area Map of Panthertown

USFS Pre-Draft (May 2017) Revised Forest Plan Proposed Management Areas For Panthertown

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are in the process of revising the Forest Plan that will provide a strategic framework for managing the Forests, including Panthertown, over the next 10-15 years. The plan includes desired conditions that describe what the public wants the Forests to be in the future and objectives that describe the actions that the Forest Service will take.

While the Forest Plan is being developed, the U.S. Forest Service has been gradually releasing pieces of the pre-draft to provide an opportunity for the public and partners to see building blocks of the plan as they are being developed

The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses across the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests from late June to early August to provide the public with opportunities to talk with Forest Service staff about local issues, district projects, and the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan revision.

“Public attendance at meetings like these helps us to understand your needs, concerns, and values and helps you understand Forest Service programs and activities,” explains Allen Nicholas, Forest Supervisor for National Forests in North Carolina.

The open houses allow the public to talk directly with Forest Service staff one-on-one. Each District Open House will highlight the areas within that district. District rangers and members of the Forest Plan revision team will be available to discuss the materials, including as they relate to Panthertown, on each of the following days and locations:

  • July 11, 6-8 pm: Nantahala Ranger District at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St., Franklin
  • July 13, 6-8 pm: Pisgah Ranger District Office, 1600 Pisgah Hwy, Brevard

Nantahala Ranger District To Host Forest Plan Revision Open House – July 11, 2017


Franklin, N.C., — The Nantahala Ranger District will be conducting an open house on July 11 at Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street in Franklin from 6-8 PM. The public may drop in at any time during these hours to learn about the Forest Plan Revision Process on the Nantahala Ranger District, and to informally ask questions on any other local National Forest management issues.

There will be a 15-minute presentation, repeated as necessary, covering current district activities, as well as a brief overview of Geographic Areas before proceeding to one on one discussions. Subjects included in the current Forest Plan include Geographic Areas, Special Interest Areas, and a starting point for Interface, Matrix, and Back Country Management Areas. Those attending will find it helpful to review the current Forest Plan Revision website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision.


Geographic Area Map of Panthertown

  Panthertown is part of the “Highland Domes” Geographic Area:

Description and Goals

Context Map

Management Area Map



How can I provide feedback?

Send comments to NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us with the subject line: “Geographic and Management Area building blocks,”or by mail at the following address:

Attn: Plan Revision Team Leader,
National Forests in North Carolina
160 Zillicoa St., Suite A
Asheville, NC 28801

In order to provide strongest input for the draft, comments will be most useful when received by August 31, 2017.

You may also direct your specific Panthertown comments or questions to: friends@panthtertown.org

Forestwide Direction

Posted by: panthertown | November 8, 2016

Extreme Wildfire Risk – Forest Service Bans Campfires

Burn Ban In Effect - NO FIRES

UPDATE (December 6, 2016) – The U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina has lifted fire restrictions on the Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie National Forests. Although campfires are allowed, visitors are asked to be careful with fire.

The U.S. Forest Service has issued an emergency campfire restriction for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina.

The N.C. Forest Service has issued a burn ban for western North Carolina.

Panthertown Valley is at high risk for human caused wildfire.

No campfires are allowed in Panthertown until further notice.

Please be extremely vigilant to help protect our precious forests from additional wildfires.

U.S. Forest Service Fire Restrictions


  • fire danger extremeUntil further notice, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have the following fire restrictions in place due to the extremely dry conditions, high fire danger, and little chance of rain in the immediate forecast.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire (including charcoal based fire whether in a grill or not) is NOT ALLOWED anywhere on the National Forest.
  • The use of commercially available portable lanterns, stoves, or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.



Fall colors begin to arrive in Panthertown (Photo by Christopher Denning Smith)


Friends of Panthertown will be sharing information about Panthertown Valley and the Panthertown Valley Trail System at our annual meeting and social event on Wednesday, October 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Find out more about the work that our organization has done this year to protect and maintain this special place, and learn about upcoming conservation projects we have in the works. Meet and socialize with Friends of Panthertown volunteers and other local hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and explorers. A moderated panel of Panthertown experts will be on hand to share information with the public and to answer questions. Everyone is welcome, including families with children (a kid’s activity table will be available). Light refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes. Send e-mail, visit our Facebook, or call (828) 269-HIKE (4453) for info.

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Join us at Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

We will be meeting in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library Complex located at 310 Keener Street in downtown Sylva, NC. Everyone is welcome!


Friends of PanthertownBecome a supporting member of Friends to help us protect and maintain Panthertown Valley for all to enjoy. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. 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. Get involved, join us, or sign-up to volunteer today!

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