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Panthertown Valley Needs Our Help

Down the road from Bear Lake Reserve is over 6,000 acres of protected public land called Panthertown Valley.

16 acres of land is set to become part of Panthertown Valley if enough funds can be raised by April. Acquiring the lands would provide more access to trails, and ensure that houses wouldn’t compromise the beauty and view line of the Valley.

An article was posted in the Citizen-Times about the potential growth of Pantertown Valley.

Below is an excerpt from the article explaining the property and the hope for the land if purchased:

“Nicknamed the “Yosemite of the East,” by longtime Panthertown explorer, researcher and educator Dan Pittillo, the backcountry recreation area has 30 miles of trails, and contains the headwaters and the east fork of the Tuckasegee River. The many creeks form 11 waterfalls, and the varied forest types, mountain bogs and range of elevations create highly diverse habitats for wildlife and rare plant species. It is designated as a Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Area and as one of North Carolina’s “Mountain Treasures” by The Wilderness Society. The remote area does not have well-marked trails so a map and compass or GPS unit are recommended.

The east entrance at Cold Mountain Gap has a parking area. The western Salt Rock access has no parking, so visitors must park on the roadsides. The hope, once the land is transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, is to build a parking area to provide better access, and to create camping sites, Taylor said.”

photo from https://www.hikewnc.info/trailheads/panthertown-valley/

Mainspring Land Trust needs to raise $195,000 by April. A generous donor has agreed to donate dollar for dollar up to $100,000. So far the group has raised $14,000 in their fundraising efforts.

If you would like to donate you can do it here. Donations start at $10 and go up to $100 or you can donate a custom amount.

Let’s help keep these lands beautiful and open to the public!

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