Enjoy a picnic, hold a Boy Scout troop meeting or have a family gathering within the historic CCC structures of this wooded recreation area. Directly adjacent to the picnic pavilions visitors can can follow their picnic with a mesmerizing day-hike to the awesome falls on the 6.6 mile Panther Creek Trail.
Panther Creek was honestly my trip into the world of hiking and backpacking (aside from my military experience). But mice wife got me into hiking again and now we are backpacking a lot! Panther Creek has become probably my favorite place for a great weekend. The hike in campsites are plentiful and most already have fire rings. The trail is well maintained and always clean. Lots of great views here! The falls are a great spot to string up a hammock and just enjoy nature to the fullest. This place is pet friendly and you will see a lot of friendly pups on the trail. At the trailhead you do have s bathroom for those that don’t plan to stay overnight or just want the convenience. Overall Panther Creek is a must see must hike!
Hike down the trail and carefully cross the creek for some real nature camping. I found it best to remove my pack and slide down the hill on my butt and then very carefully cross the creek on a fallen tree. Great water and even a late night bear visit so best to raise your food up a free hanging rope. Enjoy but cover your tracks with leaves to avoid erosion. An early morning 1 mile hike to the falls was fun. Midweek is the best time
This campground is another small but nice backpacking campsite along the Panther Creek Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia. Read my review of Conasauga River Campground for more about hiking in the area and some of the issues with the trail. With regards to this campground though it is plenty large for a tent or two with a nice firepit and good access to water (provided you have a filter). The site is level which is a big plus for backpacking sites and is nice and shaded from all of the trees in the surrounding area. The key thing to take a look at if planning to camp around here is the weather and temperature cause it can get pretty hot, humid, and buggy in summer.
This spot is very popular for hikers and campers alike. It offers a 3.5 mile trail to Panther Creek falls and if you want to hike all the way through to Yonah dam it is roughly 5.8 miles. Be warned, the trail after the falls is challenging. Campsites dotted through out the entire trail so you have a variety of spots to choose from, but they are first come first serve. The parking lot seems to fill up quickly so be prepared to come early if you expect to get a spot for the weekend, otherwise you will have to park along the road. There is a bathroom facility adjacent to the parking area if you need them before and after the hike.
The waterfall is amazing with a large pool and nice sandy beach at its base. Perfect for swimming and cooling off after the hike or camping if you are lucky enough to snag it before someone else.
Be on the lookout for wildlife if you camp here. I have encountered deer, skunks, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, bears and a wide variety of snakes. Also the creek is a great place for backwater fly fishing and ultralight fishing for trout, Browns, Rainbows, and Brooks.
Make sure you pack everything you need and pack light if you choose the camp here. The hike is relatively easy on the way in to the falls, but mostly up hill on the way out.
We were directed here via Google Maps and the reviews on this site. Turns out there isn't camping allowed by the picnic areas as posted signs showed us, but we arrived late at night and no one else was there that evening so we didn't have much of a choice.
There's a very pretty creek that trickles by several covered pavilions, one with a camp fire spot. Leave no trace!
Panther Creek Trail and I go back about 30 years. The campground is on the other side of 441 from the trail head. This 7 mile round trip hike is a Georgia favorite and is usually pretty crowded so plan accordingly if you enjoy your solitude. There are a number of campsites directly off of the trail leading up to the waterfalls as well. The falls are very accessible and are great to cool down in after a good hike . Its been about 7 or 8 years since my last trip and I definitely plan on going back someday because this will always be special to me, its one of the places I first went camping.