Panthertown in Nantahala National Forest, north east of Cashiers, is not easy to get around. For years, there was only one map, hand drawn by Burt Kornegay. Now more people might be attracted to the area because a new Forest Service map is available.
Fall is an outstanding time to come and the Carolina Mountain Club offers a hike in Panthertown every October. The top photo is from Salt Rock, only 0.3 mile from the trailhead.
Schoolhouse Falls is the most popular falls. You can walk behind the falls and stay (mostly) dry.
Wilderness Falls was new to me. It’s off a narrow trail and a short steep down to the falls. After you scramble down, you’re not facing the falls head on, so it doesn’t make a calendar-ready photo.
Panthertown has two mountains – Little Green and Big Green. Both are worth exploring. From Little Green shown above, you can see Big Green.
Get out there! This is the peak colors.