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Panther Creek Trail

Panther Creek Trail, leading to Panther Creek Falls, can be found on the extreme east end of the Chattahooche National Forest, just northeast of Clarksville, GA. This account consists of mostly panoramic images from my 7 mile out-and-back scramble and hike along the creek to the falls. Thunderstorms drenched the forest around me for most of the hike/run, but this resulted in a welcome drop in temperature from the unseasonably scorching weather the area had been experiencing. I personally loved this trail. Most of the time you’re hiking in the shade, and the terrain is challenging at times – hands on scrambling up steep tree roots and rock. Rain trickled through the forest canopy above as I hustled up and down the slick track. My trek was approximately 1 hour to the falls and 1.5 hours back. I suggest walking into the creek at the falls, and climbing onto the rushing falls for added adventure.

Shelter from a Thunderstorm on the Panther Creek Trail

Shelter from a Thunderstorm on the Panther Creek Trail

 

Panther Creek Panoramic

Panther Creek Panoramic

Panther Creek

Panther Creek

Panther Creek Panoramic at halfway point crossing

Panther Creek Panoramic at halfway point crossing

Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek and Falls Panoramic

Panther Creek and Falls Panoramic

Cloudland Canyon: West Rim

Angela and I spent the last day of 2013 hiking the West Rim Trail in Georgia’s Cloudland Canyon State Park. This 5 mile loop was a somewhat challenging hike that offered fantastic views of the valley below. It was a cold New Year’s Eve morning, and in some places the ground was still frozen.

This is the view from our cabin deck, overlooking the canyon below. This was our second time staying at Scenic View Log Cabins, and once again good folks there took care of us. I do recommend Scenic View, but I suggest you bring back -up toilet paper and coffee filters. The cabins are a quick 5-10 minute drive to the heart of the state park.

Cloudland Canyon

Cloudland Canyon

View of the fall from the trailhead. If you’re feeling up to it, and we were not, you can hike down another 3 miles to the lower falls. We admired from above.

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Cloudland Canyon

Morning frost

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Cloudland Canyon

Yurt Village

Here’s something that I’d never even heard of before – Yurts! These ancient structures, most commonly associated with Mongolia, are known for their durability and portability. Frankly, I think they look cool too. These yurts are raised, insulated, animal proof, heated/cooled, and have accessible water. In addition, the Cloudland yurts have a fire pit and a raised deck. So if you’re in the mood to sort of rough it, I think the Yurt might be a great option. Think of it as a very fancy tent. The Yurt Village was opened in 2013 and prices at the time of our visit were $80, as compared to the $16 camping or the $140 cabins.

Cloudland Canyon

Cloudland Canyon

Cave?

Cloudland Canyon

Angela and I on the hike

Cloudland, GA

This is a series of photos taken in and around Cloudland, GA in November 0f 2006. We got there just in time to catch the end of the vibrant yellow and red leaves.

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Angela and I at the cabin in Cloudland, GA

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“Marshmellow Fork”

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