Often portrayed as the Yosemite of the East, Panthertown Valley is canvassed with the cool hues of North Carolina’s outlying Blue Ridge Mountains. Snaked with miles and miles of verdure-enveloped, fauna-filled hiking trails and only a few primitive campsites, this area’s a secluded jewel that’s sure to glimmer with tranquility and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
13 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area.

Hot spring
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Brandi
Brandi B.
recommends this listing.
January 23rd, 2019

Check frequently to make sure campground isn't closed due to bear activity.

Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa M.
recommends this listing.
March 7th, 2017

Absolutely beautiful! Panthertown Valley is great because once you backpack in, you won't see many others! Make sure to bring a bear bag and hang your food away from your campsite!!! The bears are around here :). Also, be cautious crossing the river if you have any open cuts/scrapes or disinfect immediately.

Hipcamper Jack
Jack T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 12th, 2017

Panthertown Valley is one of my favorite places in Western North Carolina to backpack and fish! Miles of backcountry trails are open year round to the public at no cost. The views atop the exposed rock faces are very picturesque are worthy of bringing a camera along. If you decide to camp here be sure to bring a bear bag and hang your food! This is a bear sanctuary so there are quite a few in the area.

When you get off the beaten path and follow any of the small streams running through the wilderness area you are likely to find the native Southern Appalachia Brook Trout in these high elevation streams. If you decide to wet a line please keep in mind that the streams in Panthertown Valley are designated as catch and release only!

Hipcamper Erica S.
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September 6th, 2017
Hipcamper Jack T.
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January 12th, 2017
Nantahala National Forest
North Carolina
United States
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35.138° N, 82.961° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 12 Sites
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Tent / Van: 1 Site
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