Panther Creek Falls

5.00 out of 5
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This is a 7 mile roundtrip hiking trail that follows along the banks of Panther Creek. It will take you 2 to 3 hours to hike to the falls and the same 2 to 3 hours to get back to your car. Plan accordingly and there are lots of snakes on the trails.
Trail length: 7 miles
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  • Posted by Melissa Peacock on July 19, 2013


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    Reviewed by jb boyd on October 19, 2015

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    The only reason I hesitated to rate this five stars is that the trail is in danger of being loved to death. It is an absolutely beautiful walk along a babbling stream, which makes the trash left behind by hikers and campers particularly noticeable. You pass by dozens of undeveloped campsites strewn along the creek's banks, even at the falls themselves, and some people like to party. Aside from the crowds though (or as a weekday hike), it is a lovely meandering hike along a well defined trail. There are sections that are technical, and if you or your friends are not sure footed it is not the trail for you. The available handrails in places look like they can barely support their own weight. I could imagine it can get pretty slick after/during a rain in the rocky sections, especially near the falls. It is not an especially arduous hike, but it is entirely downhill to the falls, so remember that the return hike is all uphill. And even though there are a lot of people on the weekends, almost everybody is smiling, which makes the waits and trail passes pleasant, but a walk through solitude this is not. FYI, while we wandered down in 2.5 hours, we were late in the day and the way back was super uncrowded. Even uphill, it only took and hour and a half at a steady but determined clip. We saw no snakes, but would have welcomed them.
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    Reviewed by koolbreeze073 on July 9, 2014

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    This is a pretty good trail for a day hike. There is plenty of company on the trail especially on the weekends. As with any trail in N.GA you may encounter wildlife, snakes, you may get dirty and wet. "Its a hiking trail" nice pictures by the way... the snakes in the pictures posted are non poisonous and actually good snakes to have around. The one long black snake looks like a rat snake and is protected. The other looks like a king snake. Another snake we definitely need on every trail. These are both known to combat the poisonous types as well as rodents if any. Anyway, I have hiked this trail many times and never had problem.
    It is great for families as well as groups. I love it. Highly recommended.
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    Reviewed by rachelc on August 6, 2013

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    Gogeous hike that I will be repeating. While the trail was a little over grown and even falling apart in places, the falls at the end of the 3.5 mile hike was worth it! We went on a cooler day in July (mid 80's) and ran into only a handful of people while out. After hiking to the falls, we quickly jumped in the water to cool off. It was freezing, but amazing still!
    We were able to get a number of great pictures along the way. The trail is over grown in places so you aren't able to fully experience and enjoy the surrounding areas, but those areas didn't dominate the hike. It is well worth the drive and a great moderate hike.
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    Reviewed by Melissa Peacock on July 19, 2013

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    On Friday July 5, 2013 I hiked to the waterfalls at Panther Creek. This is my 2nd time hiking this long day hike to Panther Creek Falls. It is certainly worth the effort but the weak need not make the trip they will complain. It is a strenuous hike. It is 7 long miles deep in the woods and a lot of overgrowth will hide the trail to spot the snakes. I photographed 3 different snakes on this trip alone. There is primitive tent camping all along this trail. Beautiful camping. With the rains I wanted to see the difference the falls would look and I was happy I went. the falls were perfect and flowing very hard. The trails themselves had some washed out dangerous cliffs you had to scoot down the embankments. I got pretty muddy and wet on this trip. It is difficult I will not lie but there are some pretty stops along the way just remember give yourself 7 to 8 hours just in case you have roadblocks along the way that add time. I did have to take my shoes and socks off halfway point to cross a river that had risen. It was the only way to keep going and I knew I still had a long way to go and did not want wet feet.
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