Panther Falls

Buena Vista, Virginia

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Panther Falls is on Pedlar River in the George Washington National Forest. The waterfall’s name harkens back to a time when panthers (often called mountain lions) roamed these parts. It would seem that the river’s name recalls a time when peddlers roamed these parts too. However, in his Hiking Guide to the Pedlar District, Michael T. Shoemaker notes, “Although peddlers were common along the Pedlar River, the river’s name derives from the surname of an early settler who drowned in it.” And he continues, “The name of the Pedlar River was in use at least as early as 1742.”
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

by Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro (Menasha Ridge Press)

Panther Falls is on Pedlar River in the George Washington National Forest. The waterfall’s name harkens back to a time when panthers (often called mountain lions) roamed these parts. It would seem that the river’s name recalls a time when peddlers roamed these parts too.

However, in his Hiking Guide to the Pedlar District, Michael T. Shoemaker notes, “Although peddlers were common along the Pedlar River, the river’s name derives from the surname of an early settler who drowned in it.” And he continues, “The name of the Pedlar River was in use at least as early as 1742.”

© 2014 Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Buena Vista
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mt. Pleasant Special Management Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Panther Falls

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