Hike Behind A Waterfall On The 5.6-Mile Schoolhouse Falls Trail In North Carolina

North Carolina’s Panthertown Valley is commonly revered at the Yosemite of the East and a day of exploration within the Valley is a delightfully rugged outdoor experience. Although the valley, named for the huge panthers that once roamed here, is made up of rugged mountain peaks, it also has tranquil valleys filled with streams, mountain summits featuring smooth balds, and more than 25 miles of trails from which to explore North Carolina’s own Yosemite.

For directions to the trailhead, see the Driving Directions section at this link.

Exploring the Yosemite of the East (a.k.a. Panthertown Valley) is an ideal way to reconnect with nature in North Carolina. What’s your favorite trail in this part of the Nantahala National Forest? For more waterfall hikes in the Tar Heel State, check out this trail where you can see four waterfalls in just one day of hiking.

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