This popular hiking trail follows the banks of Panther Creek for 3.5 miles to end at one of the most beautiful, rushing waterfalls in Georgia.
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The trails to the falls at Panther Creek are usually busy, and for good reason: the payoff at the end of this out-and-back hike is a beautiful cascading waterfall that lands in a deep pool that’s bordered by a wide, sandy flat perfect for camping. It’s no wonder that this is a hugely popular trail among both day hikers and backpackers. Excellent campsites line the 3.5 mile trail on the way to the falls, and are usually full on fine-weather weekends. (Note: if you hike this trail, please respect the trail conservation efforts underway and only camp in existing campsites with active side trails.)
The trailhead is across the street from the parking area; I follow the trail along Panther Creek to cross under the highway and emerge into a young forest. As I walk, the sounds of the busy highway disappear as the trail dives deeper into the forest.
At .25 miles, the trail rejoins Panther Creek, here a small, calm course of water. At .5 miles, the trail crosses a small creek feeding into Panther Creek and then travels through a clearing under power wires. The trail has risen far above the creek, which now flows 50 feet below.
The creek, barely visible now, is loudly rushing below through several courses of waterfalls. Panther Creek becomes increasingly louder as the trail approaches a large campsite at .6 miles. The trail then approaches two large rock overhangs at .85 miles. This section of the trail has been rerouted in recent years due to heavy trail erosion; I’m careful to follow the green blazes through this section to make certain I’m following the current trail.
Continue following the Panther Creek Trail and view driving directions on the next page.
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