A GUIDE’S GUIDE TO PANTHERTOWN, BONAS DEFEAT, AND BIG PISGAH
Trails, Natural Features, and History
All new, expanded, waterproof edition
By Burt Kornegay, a Panthertown guide since 1990, and owner of Slickrock Expeditions
Known as “the Yosemite of the East,” Panthertown Valley offers many miles of trails and footpaths to waterfalls, gorges, rocky overlooks, and deep forests for day hikers and backpackers to explore. Combined with spectacular Bonas Defeat Gorge to the north and Big Pisgah Mountain to the east, the entire 12,000-acre National Forest tract is one of the most varied and beautiful wild areas in the Southern Appalachians.
Many of the trails and footpaths are unmarked by signs or blazes, and hikers will find this Guide’s Guide trail map to be essential in finding their way. The topographic map shows not only all the official Forest Service trails but the many unofficial footpaths as well. On the reverse side is a detailed explanation of Panthertown’s natural and human history, along with suggestions for possible hikes.
To order a Guide’s Guide trail map, print out the form below and mail it with a check for $12.00 to:
Slickrock Expeditions, P.O. Box 1214, Cullowhee, NC 28723.
Checks should be made out to Slickrock Expeditions.
Price includes mailing.
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful Panthertown map. We went up for a weekend of backpacking fun and the place hugely exceeded our expectations. Your map made all the difference.
Burt Kornegay has helped Panthertown's lost get out a few times, although he's more accustomed to getting people into Panthertown. A seasoned wilderness guide who literally created the trail map that brings adventurous hikers into-and hopefully out of-this forest, Burt knows the area like few others.
For detailed information about Panthertown Valley, go to the Friends of Panthertown website, at