Granny Burrell Falls

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Granny Burrell Falls is located in Nantahala National Forest’s Panthertown Valley area. It is a long, slide waterfall and makes a great place for a picnic. The deep, flat valley floor in Panthertown is a great place to get away in Cashiers but is quite rugged. The area can also be quite a labyrinth, so pay attention to landmarks along the way.

If you venture into Panthertown, it is a very good idea to bring a map. Maps are available at the Highland Hiker on the crossroads in Cashiers. The hike to Granny Burrell Falls is fairly short and could be part of a larger hike in Panthertown.

From the Salt Rock parking area, hike into the main entrance past the metal gate. Look for the sign-in station and fill in the required information. Panthertown is a restricted area, so do sign in as you enter.

Continue ahead until the clearing at Salt Rock, which has a beautiful overlook into Panthertown. Follow the road ahead and past the first intersection (a three-way) and ahead to a four-way intersection.

Making a right at the intersection, continue along the trail until you cross an old, wooden bridge over Panthertown Creek. A smaller hiking trail leads to the right after crossing the creek.

Follow this trail through some rhododendron until you reach the opening at the falls. Depending on the water, there can be a lot of open rock for a picnic. But keep an eye on the weather, as the river levels can rise quickly due to the steep topography.

Panthertown is well worth a visit, but be sure to know your way before you venture too far.

GETTING THERE

From Cashiers: Follow Hwy. 64 East from the crossroads to Cedar Creek Road and take a left. Continue on Cedar Creek Road until Breedlove Road, and take a right. Follow Breedlove Road for approximately five miles until a cul-de-sac, where you can park and walk, or drive down the gravel road to the trailhead.

From Sapphire: Follow Hwy. 64 west to Cedar Creek Road and take a right. Continue on Cedar Creek Road until Breedlove Road, and take a right. Follow Breedlove Road for approximately five miles until a cul-de-sac, where you can park and walk, or drive down the gravel road to the trailhead.