Swim at Panther Falls

0.7 miles -100 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Kenton Steryous

From good ol' fashion creek wading, to jumping off large and medium boulders, this is one Blue Ridge swimming hole that must be on your Summer 'to do' list.

From Lexington or Buena Vista, Virginia, take Rt. 60 east for several miles. As soon as you pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway, look for a gravel road on your right marked Panther Falls Road. This is a fairly bumpy gravel road, so take it easy. Follow Panther Falls Road down the mountain for just over 3 miles and park at the small parking lot on the left. The parking lot has an information kiosk right at the trail head for Panther Falls. From there it's a short hike down to the falls and swimming area.

There are a couple large boulders at the top of the falls area with a nice deep pool to jump into, and a not-so-intimidating jumping area for the kids further down. All in all, a great place to chill with your buddies, or take the family to make some great memories. Just be careful as the rocks get slippery once wet.

There are also a couple of campsites along the trail if you wanted to turn it into an overnighter.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Camping
Photography
Swimming
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
River
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

🥇Top Contributor

2 months ago

Summertime gem

This is a summer-must thats fun for everybody. Don't let the cold water surprise ya! Go on a hot day.

Panther falls

First time to panther falls this spring did not disappoint! I plan to go back many more times! Water is cold but totally worth it!

10/10

Such a fun swimming hole, definitely cold but totally worth it. Super easy to find and wasn’t too crowded when I went.

Chillin

This place is awesome!!! Swimming, camping, and mountains. It has it all!!! And it's 100% free!!!

Stay Nearby

Monroe, Virginia

Otter Creek Campground

Overview As Otter Creek descends to the James River, the Blue Ridge Parkway dips to its lowest elevation, only 649 feet above sea level. This area's abundant water and warmer temperatures support ...

Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge / Lexington Koa

Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Hopper Creek Group Camp

Overview Hopper Creek Group Camp offers a rustic atmosphere under the trees for group camping. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area welcomes visitors to enjoy the natural beauty and relaxi...

Nearby Adventures

  • Photograph Statons Creek Falls

    To view this waterfall, hiking is not necessarily involved since the top of it is next to a small parking area along CR-633. If you feel like scrambling and bushwhacking, it’s possible to make your way down either side to small pools and cascades ...

  • Hike Cole Mountain

    The large open meadow at the summit of Cole Mountain is a unique and breathtaking experience that is worth the 5.8 mile hike. Cole Mountain is frequently referred to as Cold Mountain, but the official name listed by the United States Geological S...

    5.8 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Pleasant

    From the Mount Pleasant Parking Area, take the blue blazed Pompey Mountain Trail that is just beyond the horse gate. As it's a loop, you can start at either entrance, but I prefer heading left to get the longer leg of the hike before the summit (a...

    6.15 miles 1700 ft gain

  • Hike to Wigwam Falls

    The Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area is located at milepost 34.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the parking area, follow the rock steps to the railroad tracks and turn right. Follow the tracks the stream and turn left. Proceed on the path to the b...