Hiking Panthertown Valley

Although the towns of Cashiers and Highlands, NC can get pretty quiet in the winter, Panthertown Valley is still a wonderful place to hike this time of year. Grab some hot drinks at Bucks Coffee in Cashiers and head out for a fun day in Panthertown. As you head into the main parking area, you will pass beautiful Christmas tree farms and jaw-dropping views of Laurel Knob and assorted rock outcroppings.

Saturday I made a loop by hiking:
Panthertown Valley Trail>Deep Gap Trail>Great Wall Trail> Big Green Trail>Mac's Gap>Granny Burrell Falls>Great Wall>Deep Gap>Panthertown Valley

It sounds more complicated than it really was, and the loop can be done in 2.5-3 hours. This loop walks near the base of the Big Green climbing area, but does not cross near the summit. The Granny Burrell Falls Trail was particularly fun, with lots of icy patches mixed in with the falls. With the leaves down, this loop gives you several views of area rock faces.

It is a good idea to wear bright clothing and keep your dog in check, as we did pass a hunter as he towed a buck to his truck. Still, the area is quite breathtaking. Enjoy!

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