Friends of Panthertown is excited to announce that Panthertown Valley has been selected as a 2021 Hot Spot by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Programs will take place August 30 – September in Jackson County, North Carolina. More details and ways to get involved are available at panthertown.org/hotspot
National Forests in NC Propose Required Bear Canisters for Overnight Camping on Appalachian Trail and in Panthertown
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking input on a proposal to require bear resistant food containers for all overnight campers on the Appalachian Trail located on the National Forests in North Carolina and in Panthertown on the Nantahala Ranger District.
Written comments should be submitted by September 19, 2018. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Johnny Wills, Nantahala RD Wildlife Biologist, Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734. Contact Mr. Wills for more info: 828-524-6411 ext 452
USFS Panthertown Bear Alert: Overnight Campers Should Use Bear Resistant Canisters and Bear Pepper Spray
Due to an increase in close and serious bear encounters in Panthertown, where campers have had to leave campsites and hikers have retreated from a local trail, the U. S. Forest Service is strongly recommending that back country campers use bear resistant containers for all food and scented items.
Panthertown Cold Mountain Trail Head Will be Closed August 3rd – August 14th
Update (August 7, 2015): Cold Mountain trail head has re-opened. *** Construction is over at the Cold Mountain entrance and the U.S. Forest Service road
U.S. Forest Service Prescribed Burn of Big Green
The U.S. Forest Service has been planning to conduct a series of prescribed burns this fall throughout the Nantahala Ranger District. Panthertown is part of