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Panthertown Valley Guided Hike

  • Sat, June 25, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

Join EENC for a guided hike through Panthertown Valley! The 4.5 mile hike will start with a descent to Schoolhouse Falls followed by a climb to the top of Little Green mountain where there are phenomenal views of the valley and geology from atop a granitic pluton covered in lichen, blueberries, and other flora.

From there, the hike will continue down the mountain and through a biodiverse pine forest (bog included) before leading back to the parking lot. Participants should bring water, snacks and a rain jacket. Panthertown is in a rainforest, so be prepared to be surrounded by wetness. Hiking boots, shoes you can get wet, and a small towel are recommended. Meet at the Cold Mountain Trailhead (directions below).

From Asheville:

Take I-240 West to I-26 East to the Asheville Airport, exit 40. Turn right onto NC 280; follow this for 16 miles to Brevard. At the intersection with US 64/276, continue straight onto this dual highway. In downtown Brevard, US 276 heads right; stay straight on US 64. US 64 bears right after passing through Brevard. Follow US 64 for about 15 miles (it becomes very curvy) to the intersection with NC 281; turn right.

Once you are on NC 281, go 0.8 miles and turn left on Cold Mountain Road (the fire station is on the right). Proceed just under 6 miles up Cold Mountain Road; the road turns to gravel. At a sharp left turn, a sign will indicate the Panthertown parking is just ahead. It is 0.1 mile from the sharp left turn to a gravel road on the right signed for the parking area; the road is about 0.1 mile long and the parking area is at the end of the road.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Date: June 25 @ 10 a.m.

Hike Length: 4.5 miles

Hike Difficulty:  Easy to moderate (inclines and roots)

Kids and pets welcome (pets on a leash)

Max #10-12 participants

Questions? Contact Amy Jackson at acajacks@gmail.com or 828-553-9410


Environmental Educators of North Carolina

P.O. Box 4904
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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