Panther Creek Trail

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Panther Creek Trail is a 7.2 mile trail located near Clarkesville, Georgia that features a waterfall and is accessible year-round. This trail is awesome since it has great diversity in terrain, and is really pretty in the Fall when the leaves turn.

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Matthew Harrison (96)

1 Completed1 Reviews

My wife and I did an over-night backpacking trip here in late Fall, on a Sunday. There were a lot of day hikers and a few campers out there. If you're looking to get away from people, I'd avoid this trail.
It is quite beautiful though, with the trail following Panther Creek essentially all the way to the falls. Lots of sunlight gets through, as parts of the trail have light tree cover. The falls are large and beautiful, if a bit crowded.
Plenty of camping sites along the trail as well, located all throughout the trail. We backtracked from the falls because there is very little firewood available near the falls. There are several camp sites beyond the falls, but little to no fire wood to be easily found.

James Nichols (150)

5 Completed5 Reviews

Beautiful, relaxing hike. Pretty straightforward aside from some steep-ish boulders and banks when nearing the main falls. The trail follows the creek, so there is the amazing sound of rushing water for almost the entire hike! A great variety of terrain and elevations. There are also plenty of little side trails that take the hiker to some cool little secluded nooks.

One warning: as has been mentioned in a couple other reviews--this is a very popular trail, especially on nice weather weekends. It can get a bit crowded. If a secluded commune with nature is what you seek, look elsewhere or try the trail at an "off" time.

Hiking Diva . (4252)

79 Completed62 Reviews

Nice day hike and this is my "go to hike" for first time backpackers. Plenty of options to camp - things can get a bit crowded/rowdy at the base of the falls on weekends and during the summer. It can be a bit slick at the final descent to the falls - steepish, packed red clay. There are a few narrow spots that can make people a smidge nervous if afraid of heights. I have seen a few copperheads, so keep an eye out... yes, there are snakes all over the place - just a reminder - an older man almost sat on one sunning on a rock!

I usually find a fair amount of trash on this trail, so bring a bag and pick up what you can on the way back.

Bil Kennedy (203)

31 Completed3 Reviews

Best trail I've been on in GA yet. Don't kid yourself, it's only 7.2 miles round trip, but it requires some exertion. I wouldn't recommend the entire trail to the falls for young children unless they are accustomed to such (which btw have a great swimming area - cold - at the bottom of the falls) . Our dogs did well, but were exhausted at the end of the hike. Our medium-sized dog (Brittany Spaniel) struggled and had to be helped up certain rocky sections (also when off leash went down a steep embankment to swim, and couldn't get back up - I had to rescue him).The Dane was able to conquer all with relative ease, but required frequent breaks on the return trip despite the rest stop at the falls. This trail follows the creek almost the entire way to the falls, and offers very diverse terrain. I can't wait to go back when the leaves are turning.

Ajay Raghav Gurubabu (136)

11 Completed6 Reviews

i love this trail. It was good, fairly long, well mapped and the falls at the end was beautiful and refreshing. we spent a good one hour just relaxing on the rocks in the river. We could hear the cars speeding in the highway as we started and ended the trail. But once you get going, it was all green and calm and beautiful.

But this is a popular place i believe. it really started to get crowded with the day. The best time to hike would be early in the morning to beat the crowd and return before noon when you start seeing more people.

Matt Lovell (202)

7 Completed4 Reviews

I've been 10x's or more at different times of the year and different time of the day. Never disappoints.

BJ Beggs (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Strenous hike with the kids! Waterfall is worth the stomping.Will be doing it again.

Heather McKoy (226)

16 Completed1 Reviews

The waterfall is so worth it. I can't wait to go back and hopefully camp!

Brandi Elliott (241)

8 Completed8 Reviews

Did this trail today and I was very disappointed. After reading reviews and so many people saying to take the trail nearest the creek...dumb idea. Took my 95# Weimaraner with me and it was entirely too dangerous for him. The trail was eroded beyond recognition and thought we were going to fall to our death when he kept slipping on the barely 12" wide path. We had to turn back when we came to a point where we would have had to have climbing equipment to get my dog up. Turned back and went on the other trail. Got to he falls. Unimpressive. We kept going thinking there was something better. Two more miles and nothing. Was pissed. Won't go back. Ever.

tj cline (508)

12 Completed12 Reviews

Awesome hike! I took 3 friends with me and camped over the weekend at the bottom of the waterfall. Lots of foot traffic so we camped on the back of the little rocky island at the bottom of the waterfall. I later found out that there is a string of quieter campsites further past the bottom of the waterfall. Also firewood is limited at the fall. Overall, great backcountry camping, awesome waterfall, and great hiking trail.