National Public Lands Day in Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley is a protected 6,311-acre backcountry recreation area in Nantahala National Forest located in western North Carolina featuring 30 miles of public non-motorized trails. Hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, anglers, birders, scouts, explorers, and their families come from throughout the region and beyond to enjoy this special place. Friends of Panthertown volunteers protect and maintain the trail system in Panthertown.

Would you like to go hiking in Panthertown and learn more about the work that we do to keep the trails maintained and the valley protected?

We have an upcoming volunteer opportunity in Panthertown Valley with Friends of Panthertown Valley on Saturday, September 28 on National Public Lands Day from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with plenty of time to continue exploring in the afternoon.

Everyone is welcome! RSVP is appreciated. No previous trail work experience is necessary, just a desire to help out on the trails. We expect to hike about five miles round-trip on easy-to-moderate trails while doing trail corridor clearing and some tread/drain work while learning about this special place.

Weather permitting, volunteers should meet at the Salt Rock Gap trailhead (western entrance to Panthertown) at the end of Breedlove Road in Cashiers at 9:00 a.m. to get signed in. Contact us for directions.

Trail maintenance tools, safety gear (hard hat, gloves, safety glasses), and a safety orientation are provided by Friends of Panthertown staff. Volunteers should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots and long pants. Bring water, snacks, and a lunch to enjoy on the trail.

E-mail Jason Kimenker, Executive Director of Friends of Panthertown at for more info or to reserve a spot.

Other trail work opportunities are listed on our website at

Friends of Panthertown is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization that focuses on protecting and maintaining Panthertown Valley.

For more information about volunteering in Panthertown:

Join Friends to help us protect and maintain Panthertown.

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 09:00 to 14:00

Event Information

Name of Site/Public Land Area: 
Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest
Event Location: 
End of Breedlove Road
Cashiers, NC 28717
United States

Registration and Contact Information

Jason Kimenker
Friends of Panthertown
Executive Director

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What federal land agency is hosting your event? 
US Forest Service (USFS)


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National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA)
Boy Scouts of America