Panthertown Valley

3.79 out of 5
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↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 3,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Pantertown Valley is a network of trails ranging from old fire roads to double track to super tight singletrack. There's 35 miles of total trails in the valley, but bikes are limited to 19 miles. Hikers and horses also share the area, and rock climbers frequent the cliffs. Most trails are well marked, but the network style layout can be confusing for first timers.

Panthertown offers some gorgeous vistas, thanks to the massive granite cliffs that ring the valley. Be sure to bring a camera!

Signage can be very hit-or-miss, so be sure to bring a map, and make sure you know where you started and which way you're going.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (11)
System Trails (11)
Blackrock #447
Devils Elbow #448
Deep Gap #449
Riding Ford #450
Powerline Road #451
Rattlesnake Knob #452
North Road #453
Panthertown Valley #474
Mac's Gap #482
Great Wall #489
Granny Burrell Falls #486
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (11 total check-ins)
  f0n1x   on Mar 23, 2019
  Carrie Carpenter   on Jul 13, 2018
  Cotharyus   on May 20, 2018
  Dickspix   on Aug 17, 2017
  wat386   on Nov 25, 2016
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Reviews (7)


March 31, 2016
cjsutterer Trailblazer  
Review: It's been a while, but from what I remember this was a pretty cool system. You really get down in there and feel really remote. Ran into a group of scouts camping and hiking for the weekend, so the trails get decent use. Had a great wilderness feel to the place. Would do it again.

Granny Gear

September 10, 2015
Review: Spent 2.5 hours riding most of the trails in the Panthertown Valley network which are open to mountain bikes. While the trails can provide some stunning views from time to time, most of the scenic stuff in this amazing valley is accessible by the hiking trails only. That said, the singletrack which I rode had moments of flowy brilliance, but overall was not as rewarding as I would have hoped. I can understand that the priority for this trail network is not MTBs, and I am grateful that they have opened some of it up to riders, but my advice for this trail system would be to ditch the bike and put on hiking boots to truly explore the majestic scenery. And yes, every trail into the valley is steep and long, and you have to climb back out no matter what... Would put a 3.5 on this ride.

Similar Trail: Dupont

Granny Gear

June 23, 2014
karcg Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail system with a bit of everything, except really gnarly technical stuff. Some slickrock sections but mostly double and singletrack, with some fire roads as well. There is one significant creek crossing on the Mac's Gap trail, so be prepared to get your feet wet.

Bunny Hop

June 5, 2012
blaize Bunny Hop  
Review: Not an adrenaline pumper, but Pathertown Valley offers a nice set of fun riding trails. Anywhere you start, you'll start descending into the valley, so remember that you have to climb your way out when you're finishing up. The valley floor is a criss-crossed with streams which makes it somewhat muddy on several places. Where there isn't mud, it's pretty much sandy single track. It's good riding, but make sure you have a map, which can be acquired from Highland Hiker in nearby Cashiers, because the trails are quite a labyrinth, and you could get lost pretty easily if you don't know where you're going!

Similar Trail: Tsali

World Champ

May 7, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: This is old school singletrack at its finest! While many of the trails are steep and can be rough in spots, for the most part they have held up very well, probably due to the lack of use. I saw a number of backpackers and hikers, but I saw almost no sign of mountain bikers. On one section, I saw a couple of tracks, but some trails feel as if they only ever see tires or boots once in a blue moon. Also, the views are killer: this area is gorgeous! I highly recommend it! 5 star rating for an overall good experience, counting views and epic backcountry feel, but not 5 star trail design/flow/challenge.

Similar Trail: Dupont


October 18, 2011
RJen Gnarly  
Review: It had been raining in Brevard for several days, so we decided to give this area a try and were not disappointed. From Brevard, take 64 to 281, go to the fire station and drive to the end of Cold Mountain Road to the trail head. Having limited time, we just road a loop mostly on Powerline road for a 7 mile enjoyable ride.

Similar Trail: DuPont


September 13, 2011
Review: A beautiful area ripe with intermediate level trails that are a lot of fun to ride. The area has a lot of the same feel as Dupont just less slickrock. Check out the map at before you go. For the best singletrack experiences, avoid Powerline Road and Deep Gap. Only ran into 3 other hikers and one biker in a four hour exploration trip. Even though it has to be ridden as an out and back, Rattlesnake Knob is not to be missed!

Similar Trail: Dupont

Panthertown Valley MTB Trail 3.79 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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