Panthertown Valley is unusually large and flat for western North Carolina. There are several bogs in the valley and the headwaters for Panthertown and Greenland Creeks and the Tuckasegee River are located there. Surrounding the valley are the granite domes of Big Green, Little Green and Blackrock Mountains. In 1989, the Nature Conservancy purchased Panthertown and held the area until Congress appropriated funds to purchase Panthertown for the US Forest Service.
The Little Green Loop can be broken down into segments, an easy hike to the Salt Rock Overlook and the view of the valley and surrounding mountains, more difficult hikes to Schoolhouse Falls or Granny Burrell Falls and the most difficult loop which includes the two falls and a hike over Little Green.
Start down from the parking area for a view from the Salt Rock Overlook. Continue the descent on a gravel road to an intersection of three roads which is approximately 1 mile from the parking area. For Granny Burrell Falls on Panthertown Creek, turn right .2 mile and cross an old wood bridge. The trail for the falls is on the right. For Schoolhouse Falls, take the center trail .9 miles to a small shelter on the Tuckasegee River. Cross the old wood bridge on the right and continue along Greenland Creek. The access trails to Schoolhouse Falls are on either side of a second wood bridge. If the first trail is taken, watch for a narrow trail on the right which goes up Little Green. The trail on top of Little Green is on the rock outcropping. The trail turns into the woods and goes steeply down to another road. Turn right and hike through a pine forest in the valley floor. The spur trail to Granny Burrell Falls will be on the left. The climb out of the valley is steep.
Directions: From Cashiers, NC, Travel east 2 miles on US 64 to Cedar Creek Road on the left. Drive up Cedar Creek Road 2 miles to the intersection of Breedlove Road. Continue on Breedlove approximately 4 miles to its end and the parking are for Panthertown.
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Distance: 9 miles
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