From I-26 take 64 W. through Hendersonville, to Brevard.
THERE IS NO OFFICIAL SYSTEM OF TRAILS IN THE PANTERTOWN VALLEY! NONE OF THE TRAILS ARE BLAZED. NONE OF THE TRAILS ARE NAMED! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET YOURSELF HOPELESSLY LOSt IN THE MAZE OF DOZENS OF UNOFFICIAL TRAILS, THEN BUY THE KORNEGAY MAP RIGHT HERE
Red TapeThere is no red tape at all to enter or explore the Panthertown Valley and its mountains, streams, waterfalls, peaks, walls, forests, or trails. All applicable laws apply for hunting and fishing. Many of the plant communities in Panthertown, whether on the dry granite peaks, in the high elevation bogs, or on the splash zones at the waterfalls, are very rare and very fragile. Please tread here with care and respect the rare plants and animals that call Panthertown Valley "home". Pack in in, pack it out. Hoist your foodstuffs. Take care with fires. Blahblahblah.
There are some wonderful rock climbing opportunities in Panthertown Valley (although not on Shelton Pisgah of which I know). I am aware of no restrictions for this sport here. This is probably one of the better kept rock climbing secrets of the South, if not the East.
When To ClimbHiking, any time. It can get very warm in Panthertown Valley in the depth of summer. And the winter weather can be extremely severe. Don't let the southern latitude lull you into a sense of complacency. It can also get extremely cold, icy, and snowy.
CampingCamping is allowed, free of charge. The usual common sense and common courtesy rules apply. If heavy rain is a threat, do not camp near bogs or streams. Flash flooding is a prime concern. Please don't build any new fire rings. Don't burn deadwood that lies on the dry granite domes--let it lie. The plant communities on the domes are among the most sensitive in the area and take decades to grow and only seconds to kill.
Panthertown Valley is prime bear habitat. Be aware. There is also a healthy population of coyotes. Don't leave food around.