• 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

Swimming: Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley offers several opportunities for swimming. From waterfall plunge pools to a sandbar pool, places to cool off abound. JUST DON’T FORGET YOUR MAP.

There are reminders all over this web site to bring a map with you when you venture into Panthertown Valley. Despite its relatively small size, it is easy to get lost in the area. Maps are available at Brooking’s in Cashiers and at the Highland Hiker in Cashiers and Highlands.

The easiest way into Panthertown from Cashiers is to park at the Salt Rock trailhead. From there, a short hike will lead you down an old logging road to Salt Rock, where you can get a panoramic view and take your bearings. From here, it’s all downhill (until you want to go home, a point to remember) to the valley floor, which flattens out to such a degree you might forget you’re in the mountains.

There are several crossroads on the main trail and even more trails branching from the secondary trails, hence the need for a map, as the flat valley doesn’t lend itself to memorable landmarks.

For swimming, check out Sandbar Pool, Schoolhouse Falls, and other pools along the creeks. Just watch out for slippery rocks and precipitous drops. Aside from these two, Panthertown is NOT recommended for kids.

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