Directions to trailhead: From the main
entrance to Lake Toxaway Estates, go west
(toward Cashiers) on Hwy 64 to Cedar Creek
Road. Turn right. Go 2.2 miles to Breedlove
Road. Turn right. Go 3.6 miles to the end of
the road and the parking area for Panther
Town Valley. Park by the side of the road.
|Copyright 2013 by Tony Austin
Distance (round trip):
1.5 hours (round trip)
There's a great view of
Panthertown Valley from this
rocky outcropping, looking
(The trail down has been, until recently, an
unofficial trail created by Carlton McNeil. The
U.S. Forest Service has now made this an
official trail and the Friends of Panthertown
has improved and marked the trail._
After you've rested and had some water,
continue on the trail as it leaves the rock
outcropping at the far side, a little to the left.
Begin to descend, then soon there's a trail to
the right. Take this trail and continue to
descend. When you come to an old logging
road turn right. Eventually cross a new
wooden bridge and just beyond it joins an old
logging road. Turn right. Soon you'll reach
"the crossroad" of Panthertown Valley. Turn
right and follow the gravel road uphill (and
you'll realize just how much descending you've
been doing since you left your car!) Continue
along the gravel road until you reach that iron
gate and the parking area.
through this gate but look for a trail to the left.
Follow this trail a short distance and you"ll see
a rock ledge on your left about 3 feet high.
Climb up this ( the easiest place is at the far
right) and follow the trail a short distance to
intersection with another trail. A pile of rocks
marks the spot. Turn right. Follow the trail
along a ridge and after awhile it begins to
descend. Continue along this trail and
eventually you will come to a rock outcropping
with a great view of Panthertown Valley looking
to Little Green and Big Green. This is a good
spot to stop and rest for a while and enjoy a
snack or picnic.