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.
Trails and Waterfalls can be dangerous; take no chances, only photos for memories. Read our Safety and Insider tips to have a safe, fun and enjoyable trip to Jackson County.
Leave No Trace — Seven Principles
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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