Panther Creek Trail

Georgia

Distance5.8mi
Elevation Gain6,792ft
Trailhead Elevation734ft
Top1,504ft
Elevation Min/Max734/1504ft
Elevation Start/End734/734ft

Panther Creek Trail

Panther Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Habersham County and Stephens County, Georgia. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 734 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,792 feet.

Panther Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A tributary of the Tugaloo River, Panther Creek originates in the foothills on the fringe of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Flowing through USDA Forest Service land in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the creek tumbles and cascades through a steepsided valle"

"With steep cliffs, waterfalls, rushing streams, and exotic forest, Panther Creek ranks as one of Georgia’s most beautiful hiking paths. Since it’s also easily accessible, it can be crowded during weekends and holidays. Just 3.4 miles in is the trail’s main attraction, Panther Creek Falls, where multiple streams of water rush over a hulking bluff and collect in an immense pool.

The flat patch of land at the pool’s edge is one of the most scenic campsites in Georgia. Granted, there are usually plenty of people vying to get this spot, and the trail nearby can see heavy traffic, but if you can visit midweek or in the offseason, you might nab it for a great overnight trip."

"Grandeur! Like a Phoenix in flight, this waterfall inspires and amazes all who visit. Easily making the authors favorites list, Panther Creek Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. A wonderful place for a picnic or a quick dip, it gets quite a few hikers, especially on the weekends. You are not likely to have this one to yourself for long, if at all."

Panther Creek Trail Reviews

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10/20/2017
Very nice trail along Panther Creek with some easy elevation change. Parking was adequate, although the weekends overflow with hikers this time of year. As you near the falls the trail become a bit treacherous in places, narrow and rocky along a cliff. It is very doable but take care as noted. The falls and a beach make the hike well worth time invested.
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9/10/2013
This is a pretty tough trail and I'm an AT thru-hiker (2009). My GPS mapped it at about 6.1 miles, not the 7+ that the trailhead and visitor center claims. There is one very excellent overlook, but I wish there were more. There is a lot of water on the trail for your four-legged friends. The last 2+ miles is a pretty steep incline, so keep that in mind. All-in-all, a pretty excellent hike that could use a few more overlooks, but it makes you work very hard for the one overlook you do get. I'd come back and do it again for sure. Also, even though the signs said all dogs must be on leash, the steepness of the trail, and the rather deep chasm off the side of the narrow trail, would make that quite dangerous for the dog-walker. I had my pup off leash the whole time with no trouble.
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1/23/2011
we did three of the four - the only one we missed out was the Backcountry trail. The ranger told us that it'll take closer to 5 hours rather than 3, but who's counting? Ada-Hi: nice set of waterfalls with a viewing platform that puts you very close to the water, in the winter icicles do form and it's worth going then, but i'm looking forward to coming back in the spring when the rhododendrons are in full bloom - there's a LOT of them. tennessee - good moderate hike that took us about an hour and a half to complete, just as trails.com recommended; there are some gorgeous views and the overlook is really nice, even in the winter. no trees in the way and the mountains look REALLY dark, it's a beautiful contrast. lake - part of the lake was actually frozen over when we went, and naturally, we climbed on it and slid around - the ice was a good 3+ inches thick, but the boy did manage to put some cracks in it. i like how the trees/foliage is arranged, in sort of an arching motion. there's two parts of the trail that feature this. i think when spring rolls around it'll be pretty heavenly!
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12/27/2007
This is a GREAT time of year to hike this trail. A group of 4 Boy Scouts and 3 Adult Leaders did the James Edmonds Backcountry trail. We got on the trail by 9:30 and had hour long lunch at Look Off Knob enjoying the view. At a leasurly pace we were back to the parking lot by 4:30. Weather was fantastic, crisp and clear, and with no leaves to obstruct the views, the scenery was wonderful. Be prepared for some significant elevation change at each end of the trail. The Spring fed streams were running well with the recent rains, in spite of our year-long drought. Several scenic waterfalls made for great places to break and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. I highly recommend trekking poles/walking sticks to assist in the decent to save wear and tear on the knees. Highly recommend this trail for a good day hike!
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6/3/2007
Black Rock Mountain SP has some of the most beautiful vistas in the GA SP System itself being the highest SP in Georgia. You can view the view from the deck of the Visitor's Center at http://gastateparks.org/content/webcam/blackrock.jpg I hiked the Tennessee Rock Trail, a moderate to strenuous trail climbing up the side of Black Rock Mountain to its summit at 3,640 ft where you can have your picture taken standing alongside the summit marker. If you hike it in the summer, you must enjoy being in quiet, dark forest since you will be passing through hardwood and pine groves, as well as some thick brush. Be careful where you walk, or wear long pants since you will encounter a fair amount of poison ivy. If you hike it in the fall you will be greeted with a blanket of color. If you want vistas - hike it in winter, when the leaves have fallen and you can see all the way up and over to North and South Carolina and Smokey Mountains. Whatever the season you hike Black Rock Mountain SP, be sure you are in shape since you will be hiking up and down ridges on the Tennessee Rock trail.
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1/28/2006
Hiked the short Tennessee Rock Loop trail. Nice hike that takes you to the top of Black Rock Mountain. Very nice views from the multiple overlook platforms at the top. The Tennessee Rock observation area is a good place to stop and take in the scenery on this short hike. Would definately recommend this as a quick afternoon hike.
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Trail Information

Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Chattooga River District
Local Contacts
USGS Tallulah Falls and Tugaloo Lake
Local Maps

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Sep 2018