Granny Burrell Falls

Bring the kids here on a summer day for sliding, swimming, and sunbathing on the sandy beach of one of the largest pools of any waterfall in the state.

Following a steep, 12-foot slide from Panthertown Creek, the falls flows gently into the massive pool below. If the water's too high, and you can’t get a good view by wading, head to Macs Gap Trail across the bridge for the perfect photo. If you want to stay the night, Macs Gap is also host to a campsite—but beware of coyotes, as it's not out of the ordinary to spot one in the area.

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Hike Description

A map is highly recommended to hike in Panthertown Valley. Learn more here and get trailhead directions. Once at the Salt Rock trailhead:

You’ll descend on Panthertown Valley Trail (#474) from the gate for 0.3 mile to Salt Rock, which offers a wide-open view of the valley. Continue descending on the road. At 0.59 mile, you’ll reach a fork. The right fork leads to Frolictown Falls and Panthertown Creek Falls. Go left, remaining on Panthertown Valley Trail. You’ll descend to a three-way intersection. Panthertown Valley Trail goes straight ahead and leads to the east access for the valley. Turn right on Macs Gap Trail (#482).

The trail passes a campsite in 0.1 mile. About 200 feet beyond the campsite, the trail forks. Both routes lead to the same spot. Macs Gap Trail goes left. It passes through a white-pine plantation with no understory—just a bed of pine needles and running cedar. It’s difficult to follow the trail through the pines. Look for the plastic magenta blazes.

Shortly after exiting the white pines, you’ll come to a bridge over Panthertown Creek. About 125 feet beyond the bridge, you’ll reach a fork. Turn right on Granny Burrell Falls Trail (#486), which leads 0.1 mile to the falls.


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1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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  • Heed posted warning signs indicating danger and stay on established trails.
  • Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the water above a waterfall. Rocks can be slippery and it’s easy to lose your balance especially with bare feet. Currents near waterfalls can be extremely swift even in areas further upstream.
  • Never jump off waterfalls or dive into plunge pools at the base of waterfalls. Rocks and logs can be hidden beneath the surface of the water. Often waterfall pools have swirling water or currents that can drag and keep you underwater.
  • Even if you have seen other people enjoy playing around waterfalls, be aware they have been lucky to escape unharmed. Waterfalls are constantly changing with varying water flows and erosion of the rocks around them. The current from one place to the next may be faster than you anticipate and the arrangement of rocks or other debris such as logs in the plunge pool is ever changing.

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