Near Cashiers in the Nantahala National Forest, the Panthertown Valley has 30 miles of horseback riding trails over 6,700 acres. It is known as the Yosemite of the East due to the number of granite domes and waterfalls.
There are 2 entrances to Panthertown Valley. To gain access from the east side, take 281 north from Hwy 64 a mile or so then veer off to the left onto Cold Mountain Road (A fire station will be on your right). Cold Mountain Road winds past Lake Toxaway, then turns into gravel and heads up the mountain. After approx. 5.7 miles youll see Canaan Land on the right. The road straight ahead is now gated (the old entrance), but you can take a left (look for Forest Service sign) and head up the road a few hundred yards to a single lane drive on the right. Just as you turn right, notice a trail on the left that will take you towards Greenland Creek Falls. Keep going up the deeply rutted drive to the parking area. The trail head is just to the right of the gate at the end of the lot. Land to the right side of the lot is private Canaan Land property and is posted.
Access from the west side is reached by taking the Cedar Creek Road exit off of Hwy 64. Take a right, go 2.3 miles and take an another right on Breedlove Road, then it is almost 4 miles to the parking area.
Overall, Panthertown Valley Trail System is the 18th most popular horse trail of all 18 horseback rides in North Carolina.