, has miles of hiking trails,
many of which even the experienced hiker will find to be
challenging. Permits are required for access to the floor of the
gorge. While the permits are free, they are limited to 100 per day
and are sometimes not offered if the weather is too wet or has
created hazardous conditions. A trek through the gorge is frequently
an unforgettable experience. The views are incredible, the waterfalls
are tremendous and the wildlife is abundant.
Panther Creek Recreation Area,
, begins at a section of
Historic Highway 441 and offers a footpath into the woods which opens
up for a brief time to the new 4-lane highway 441, near the old Tallulah
Falls Railroad trestle. Once pastthe highway the trail returns to plush pines,
mountain laurel and magnolia following Panther Creek. The path can be steep
and narrow but eventually comes to a bridge over Panther Creek which leads
to beautiful Panther Creek Falls.