The trail takes you on a hike to 4,940 ft. elev. along the eastern Continental Divide, which offers spectacular views from a high ridge top, 2,100' above the valley floor. Whiteside Mt. has the highest sheer cliffs in the Eastern US.
Hiking on the old logging roads of Panthertown is a good way to familiarize yourself with this large scenic valley. Panthertown is distinguished by its broad flat valley floor flanked by granite cliffs abruptly rising 200 to 300 feet. These granite domes with exposed rock are uncommon in the southern Appalachians and offer spectacular open vistas.
...and a hike to the top of Bald Rock Mountain. The 3.2 mile trail around Fairfield Lake is one of the easiest and most accessible. The hike to the top of Bald Rock is a bit of a different story, but worth the effort....