Warden Falls
The trail to Warden Falls in
Panthertown Valley is flat and
easy...execpt for a short, steep
scramble at the end.
Difficulty (1-5):
Distance (round trip):
Elevation change:
Round trip time:
3 miles
100 ft
1.5 hours
From the Panthertown Valley parking
area, take the trail at the back right
corner, to the right of the map kiosk.  
Follow this path until it crosses a creek
and intersects with an old access
road. Turn left. Follow this for about 5
minutes, past an information sign, until
you come to a cylindrical rain-
collection station with a solar panel.
Leave the access road and enter the
woods, then bear right immediately on
a downhill path. Soon enough you will
rejoin the logging road farther down
the slope of the mountain.Turn right,
and soon you’ll cross a wood-plank
bridge over Greenland Creek,  This
will be about 20 minutes from the
parking lot.

At the far edge of the bridge is a trail
to the left which leads to Schoolhouse
Falls. We’re going to Warden Falls,
though, so continue along the road
bed (fairly straight and flat...a rail line
once ran along here when the valley
was logged last century). In 10 minutes
you’ll come to Panthertown Creek and
a second wooden bridge. Just across
the bridge is an intersection; turn right.
Copyright 2016 by Tony Austin
Directions to trailhead: From the main entrance to Lake Toxaway Estates, continue east on US 64
about a mile to NC 281. Turn left and go a mile to Cold Mountain Road, opposite the fire station. Stay on
this road about 5 miles until it ends. At the signs for Canaan Land, turn left onto a gravel road and go .2
mi to a dirt road on the right. Follow this to a narrow parking area just before a gate. The trailhead is at
the back right near the map kiosk.