Sapphire Valley Resort -
Pantertown Valley

Panthertown Valley, referred to as the
Yosemite of the East,
lies on the eastern continental divide in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.

 Panthertown Valley
20 minutes from Sapphire Valley Resort!

With more than 25 miles of designated trails in this 6,300 acre backcountry area visitors can enjoy deep gorges and broad valleys, mountain bogs and granitic rock domes, tranquil creeks and plunging waterfalls while hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Camping is permitted in Panthertown, but groups are limited to no more than 12 people per site. No commercial equestrian or mountain bike outfitter/guides are permitted.

Panthertown in 360degrees

The west Panthertown Valley loop is the first trail you come to from the west parking area and closest to Sapphire Valley Resort.

For an online interactive map of this and other hikes in Panthertown visit this link:
[The Hiking Project]

Panthertown Valley, often referred to as “the Yosemite of the East”, is a popular 6,311 acre backcountry recreation area within the complex with thirty miles of U.S. Forest Service officially designated trails on the Nantahala National Forest plus many miles of Forest Service roads, and unofficial shortcuts and footpaths located throughout the valley.
Because of its outstanding geologic formations, forests, streams and native plant life, Panthertown is designated as a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area natural heritage site and by The Wilderness Society as one of North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures. Thirty miles of backcountry trails are open year round and are maintained by Friends of Panthertown volunteers. Many of those trails allow for mountain biking and equestrian activities.

Content Courtesy of and please visit: [Friends of Panthertown]

Panthertown Map

Directions to Panthertown

The drive to the Panthertown Trail at the end of Breedlove Road is easy and takes only 2 turns once you get on Highway 64 toward Cashiers.  

[View this Map on Google]

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"Ski Sapphire" and " Ski Sapphire Valley" created in 1964 by Gene Howerdd, Jr
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