Top Adventures in Tuckasegee

  • Paddling The Slab and Eternity Hole

    The Slab and Eternity hole, located on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River, are two of Western, NC's best play spots for kayakers of all levels. Paddle down only yards from the public boat launch to The Slab where you can perfect your surfing in...

  • Exploring two legendary Cherokee sites: Judaculla Rock and Devil's Courthouse, North Carolina

    Judaculla was an ancient Cherokee spirit being and giant. He ruled in western North Carolina in the traditional Cherokee homeland. Once while chasing some hunters, when he jumped to the ground, his hand hit a rock. You can still see the print on J...

    0.9 miles 258 ft gain

  • Hike to Cedar Cliff Rock

    Cedar Cliff Rock is one of those local places that exemplifies the Blue Ridge mountains oh-so-well. From the top you can see the Tuckaseegee River along with both Cedar Cliff and Bear Creek Reservoirs. While there are a few homes in between, much ...

    2.4 miles 830 ft gain

  • Hike to High Falls

    This is an awesome hike if you're up for a challenge! The hike in isn't bad at all and the trail itself isn't super long but the climb back out will be a little more difficult due to the rock steps and lengthy uphill. This hike starts from a parki...

    1.5 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike To Paradise Falls

    To the north of Panthertown lies a chain of dammed lakes that are some of the most peaceful waters in Western North Carolina. These make up the headwaters of the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River. The gorges that run between the top lakes are wild...

    1.5 miles

  • Hike to Frolictown Falls

    This is an awesome hike to do if you're short on time or have hours to kill. Because it is so easy to access, it doesn't take very long to get down to it and can be accessed by two separate trails. Both trails are well maintained, however, while t...

    1.5 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike to Wilderness Falls

    Wilderness Falls offers a beautiful hike with a simple yet captivating falls. All of the maintained trails in Pantertown Valley are marked by a number system (there is an information hut in the parking lot with information about other local trails...

    1.4 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike to Granny Burrell Falls

    Panthertown Valley has a unique system of trails, with each trail having a specific number. Some of the trails listed at the information hut in the parking lot are accessed by taking one or two other trails to get to the start of the trail you are...

    2.4 miles 440 ft gain

  • Hike to Blackrock Overlook

    This is probably one of my favorite hikes I've done in Panthertown Valley. Its also one of the easier views to access. You start from the Salt Rock Gap Parking lot, taking the Blackrock Trail (447) up Blackrock Mountain. This trail is located abou...

    3 miles 700 ft gain

  • Hike to Yellow Mountain Fire Tower via Cloud Catcher Lane

    Yellow Mountain Fire Tower features some of the best views, looking out over both the Northern Georgia mountains as well as seeing the flat-lands of South Carolina past the mountain ranges. This hike is pretty well known for its 12-mile round trip...

    1.5 miles 700 ft gain

  • Hike to Dill Falls

    The drive to this waterfall can be a little muddy when there is a lot of rain and can need an AWD or 4WD in the rain. The road has some new gravel laid in parts so it could be improved in a few months. In the summer there is also a chance of seein...

    0.4 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike to Schoolhouse Falls and Little Green

    Trail signs in Panthertown Valley are limited. Be sure to bring a map! Starting at the Cold Mountain parking lot, hike to Schoolhouse Falls. This is a nice waterfall with a pool at the bottom. In the summer, you are bound to run into other fellow ...

    3 miles

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    • Tuckasegee, North Carolina

      Balsam Lake Lodge

      Overview Balsam Lake Lodge is nestled in the center of the 39,000-acre Roy Taylor Forest within the Nantahala National Forest. The lodge overlooks Balsam Lake and offers spectacular mountain views...

    • 14014 Highlands Road

      Van Hook Glade

      Overview Van Hook Glade is a scenic, secluded campground in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest. Convenient for families and anglers, the campground is in close proximity to hiking trails, s...

    • Bryson City, North Carolina

      Cheoah Point Cabin 2

      Overview Located in the Cheoah Point Recreation Area in the Nantahala National Forest, this cabin is part of a campground that includes tent and RV sites. The campground is situated on a peninsula...

    • Bryson City, North Carolina

      Cheoah Point Cabin 1

      Overview Located in the Cheoah Point Recreation Area in the Nantahala National Forest, this cabin is part of a campground that includes tent and RV sites. The campground is situated on a peninsula...

    • Canton, North Carolina

      Cove Creek Lower Group Camp

      Overview Cove Creek Lower Group Camp is one of two group campsites nestled along Cove Creek in the lush forests of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina. The facility can accommodate ...

    • Canton, North Carolina

      Cove Creek Upper Group Camp

      Overview Cove Creek Upper Group Camp is one of two group campsites nestled along Cove Creek in the lush forests of the Appalachian Mountains. The facility can accommodate large groups of up to 60 p...

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