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.
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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