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Schoolhouse Falls
This easy introduction to
Panthertown Valley offers a
beautiful waterfall and an
excellent spot to stop for a picnic
or a swim.
0 miles
0,000 ft
1.5 hours
Difficulty (1-5):
Distance (round trip)
Elevation change:
Trail time:
Arriving at Meadow Ridge from the
clubhouse, turn right before the pavilion
and drive 1.1 miles on gravel to the
left-hand turnoff into the Panthertown
parking area. Park somewhere along the
road, which ends at a gate in front of a
power-line tower.

Take the trail leading out at the right of the
parking area. Within five minutes, you will
cross a footbridge to arrive at an old
logging road. Turn left on the road, and
pass a signboard with information about the
forest. The road, which follows the route of
railroad tracks used by lumbermen in the
early part of the century, will be visible on
your left as it switchbacks down the steep
hillside. Instead of remaining on the road as
it makes these curves, pick up the footpath
before the first bend. Look for a
rain-collection station with a solar panel.
Enter the woods, then bear right
immediately and soon enough you will rejoin
the logging road farther down the slope of
the mountain.

Turn right, and as soon as you cross a
wood-plank bridge over Greenland Creek,
turn left onto a trail leading through the
woods to the falls. When the falls are within
view, take note of the trail on your right
leading to the summit of
Little Green

You will return the way you came. Follow the
footpath out to the logging road and turn
right. When the road bends to the right, pay
attention and find the path leading up to the
weather station. The final trail to your car
will branch off to the right just before the
logging road enters a piece of private
property called Canaan Land.
You can walk behind Schoolhouse Falls. 2006.
Taylor and her butterfly friend 2006
Copyright 2008 by Tony Austin
Ingo Regier took this picture of Schoolhouse Falls in 2006