Panther Creek Trail from Highway 441
to Panther Creek Falls

Picture of Panther Creek Falls

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Date Hiked: January 4, 1992

Length: 7.5 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 2

Scenery: 3

Blaze: blue

Main Features: Panther Creek Falls, many scenic cascades

Animals: deer, hawk

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

The Panther Creek Recreation Area is on US route 441, about 15 miles south of Clayton and about 10 miles north of Clarkesville. It is 4.2 miles north of the state highway 17 junction with US route 441. Travelling north on 441, the recreation area parking lot is on the left 0.2 miles past the national forest boundary. The trail begins directly across 441 from the parking area. When the gate to the parking area is closed, you can park on the road's shoulder at the head of the trail.

Note: There are many dangerous sections with poor footing and steep drop-offs directly beside the trail. Poison ivy is abundant.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Descend 425 feet to the waterfall
Total Ascent (round trip): 425 feet

0.0 parking lot
walk across highway 441 to the trailhead
0.1 cleared area
0.5 step across stream
0.6 cross power line
0.9 large rock overhang that could serve as a rain shelter
smaller rock overhang
1.1 turn back to the left and climb up between two rocks
1.4 reach same level as creek at campsite on right
1.5 turn right and cross bridge, then turn left
2.0 bridge
2.2 bridge
2.3 bear left at fork (clearly marked)
2.4 scenic spot where creek turns left sharply
small rock overlook on left offers good view of creek
2.5 step across stream
2.8 bridge
steel cable handrail on left, overhang on right
3.3 stream crossing on rocks
steel cable handrail on left, overhang on right
3.4 unmarked trail on right
steel cable handrail on left, overhang on right
3.5 trail crosses boulders in stream among scenic cascades
spur trail on left goes to more scenic cascades just above falls
3.6 steel cable handrail
3.7 camping area at base of falls


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