• Excursions

    Cashiers ExcursionsSometimes you want to take a trip and see something nearby. Here are some ideas.

  • Fishing

    Cashiers FishingYou'll find there are plenty of spots to go fishing in and around Cashiers.

  • Hiking

    Cashiers HikingLike to hike? Or just a walk in the woods? Then you're in luck!

  • Mountain Biking

    Cashiers Mountain BikingSome of the best mountain biking in the country is within an hour's drive of Cashiers.

  • Swimming

    Cashiers SwimmingThere are many natural swimming holes for cooling off in the summer!

  • Waterfalls

    Cashiers WaterfallsThe waterfalls around Cashiers range from breathtaking to peaceful to exciting to mammoth.

Rainbow Falls is one of the most dramatic falls in the Cashiers area. Silver Run Falls While it certainly isn't easy to reach, Bull Pen slices right underneath a road bridge. Middle Glen Falls during a rain. Lower Glen Falls
Rainbow Falls is one of the most dramatic falls in the Cashiers area. The 200' fall is located on the Horsepasture River near Sapphire. Get more information about Rainbow Falls »
Silver Run Falls is located just a short hike off of Hwy. 107 south of Cashiers. The 35' waterfall keeps a rather large plunge pool full of water for swimming. Get directions to Silver Run Falls »
While it certainly isn't easy to reach, Bull Pen slices right underneath a road bridge. It's a bit of a drive, but you won't have to go far once you park. More information on Bull Pen and directions »
Upper Glen Falls during a rain. Hiking down from Highlands, the second tier of Glen Falls cascades quite a way. Read more about Glen Falls »
Middle Glen Falls looks like a dream in this time-lapse shot. Find out how to visit Glen Falls »

From the guide

Waterfalls: Schoolhouse Falls

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Schoolhouse Falls is a smaller but remarkable waterfall in Panthertown Valley. As with all excursions within Panthertown, a trail map is highly recommended. The waterfall splashes into a large plunge pool and allows hikers to venture behind the fall as it flows over. Be careful not to impact the rare vegetation.

For a trail map, find A Guide’s Guide to Panthertown Valley, available at the Highland Hiker and Orvis, both located on the crossroads in Cashiers.

From Cashiers, drive down the hill past Cedar Creek Racquet Club and turn left onto Cedar Creek Road. Continue appx. 5 miles to Breedlove Road. Drive another 5 miles or so to the end of the road, where a gravel road continues on, baring left at the cul-de-sac. Parking is at the end of the gravel road near the National Forest Service sign.

The main trail that leads into Panthertown leaves from the parking area and past a metal gate. Just ahead, sign in at the station (there is a clipboard within a plastic box). Continue ahead to Salt Rock, where there is a majestic view into Panthertown.

The trail loops around and down to the right then left and finally flattens out by a 3-way junction. Continue straight. Soon, there is another 4-way junction. Again, continue straight.

So far, so good. But as you continue on, you will appreciate the value of the map you bought. Pass the Sandbar Pool on the right as the trail follows Panthertown Creek. At (as of this writing) a missing bridge near a right fork, cross the creek and continue ahead. You will soon reach Schoolhouse Falls.

This hike is great with Little Green Mountain as your return loop. Be sure you have a map, or you might inadvertantly be spending the night with the bears.

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