December 18, 2007
|Today's hike was on the Panther Creek Trail near Tallulah Falls, GA. We hiked from Panther Creek Park on Old Highway 441 to Panther Creek Falls and back. Total hike approx. 7.2 miles.
HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg, Pam Euliss, John Hires, Bill Hunt, Wayne Miller, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Bob Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Doug Russell, Dave Standard, Dan Ross, Bob Thompson, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker.
TRAIL INFO. - One of the more popular hiking trails in Georgia, this is a beautiful walk along Panther Creek to Panther Creek Falls. The trail features lots of nice views along the creek with huge rock boulders and cliffs along the way. The trail is in good shape other than a few fallen trees due to the severe pine beetle infestation years ago. There are a couple of difficult footing areas along the way on the rock ledges.
Directions: Panther Creek Park is about 3 miles south of Tallulah Falls, GA. Take Highway 441 northward toward Tallulah Falls, GA. After passing Hollywood (traffic light) continue on 441 for a several miles and turn left at the billboard for "The Orchard" and then turn right on Historic Hwy 441 and continue until you see the sign for Panther Creek Park turn left into the park.
Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy, and cold. Temperatures ranged from the low 20's to the upper 30's .
Hiking distance - 7.2 miles
Difficulty - Moderately easy except for a couple of areas on rock ledges with tricky footing.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: none!
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Carolina Wren, Towhee, Carolina Chickadee, White Breasted Nuthatch.
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Starting out on Old Highway 441 - 20 degrees F.
Carefully working our way through the rock crevice.
Nice creek views along the way.
Typical boulder-filled area.
Looking down from above the waterfall.
Panther Creek Falls!
The shoals just above the waterfall.
Icicles on the edge of the creek.
Rock cliffs and boulders are typical in this area.
Another reason why we hike!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Bruce O'Connor, Tony Presley. (l-r back) Dave Standard, Doug Russell, John Hires, Pam Euliss, Bob Thompson, Wayne Miller, Vic Robson, Phil Brownrigg, Bob Presley, Jean O'Connor, Bill Hunt, Dan Ross.