Panther Creek Trail a popular trek for hikers
Located within the Chattahoochee National Forest is the Panther Creek Falls Trail, a 7-mile out-and-back stretch of winding path that leads to one of North Georgia’s most beautiful attractions: Panther Creek Falls.
The cascading falls are surrounded by towering trees, and empty into a deep pool in which hikers can cool off at the end of their hike.
Beginning at Historic Highway 441 north of Clarkesville, hikers walk alongside the namesake creek as they venture into the forest. During the duration of the hike, the trail reaches an elevation gain of 2,089 feet.
For some, the hike can be challenging.
“This is the hardest for me, but it’s the nicest,” said Kelli Stokey Morgan, who recently hiked the trail for the third time.
Morgan, who said she began hiking about three years ago, spends a few weekends of the year traversing the many trails in Northeast Georgia, but said that the Panther Creek Falls Trail is her favorite.
“It’s just beautiful,” she said. “The waterfalls are beautiful, [and] it’s challenging – it gives you enough exercise.”
Whether hiking with others or trekking solo, Morgan has made the journey to the falls, but said that novice hikers might be in for too difficult a challenge with the trail.
“I don’t recommend this trail for beginners,” she said. “I struggled to get out [my last] time.”
Morgan added that despite the difficult hike, which took her “about an hour-and-a-half” to get in and out, it was “absolutely” worth it to see the falls.
“I plan on hiking it again,” she said.
Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a first-timer with the drive to accomplish a difficult trek, the Panther Creek Falls Trail provides just enough challenge, with the reward of a cascading waterfall awaiting at the end.
To get to the Panther Creek trailhead, head north on U.S. Highway 441. Turn left on Glen Hardman Road to Historic Highway 441.