Height: 50 feet
Trail Type: Dirt
Hike Distance: 0.6 miles
Panther Falls is the first of two waterfalls on the Angel Falls Trail (can you guess what the name of the other waterfall is?) in the Lake Rabun area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The falls make a rough slide down several mini rock ledges and empty into a big, shallow pool.
From the intersection of US 76 and US 23/US 441 in Clayton, drive south on US 23/US 441 for 9.6 miles. Turn left onto old US 441 and drive 2.6 miles to a T-junction. Turn left onto Lake Rabun Road and drive 4.6 miles to the parking area for the trailhead on the right.
If you happen to be staying at the campground near the Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area, you can knock a couple tenths of a mile off this hike. If you’re passing through on Lake Rabun Road, the trail starts at the small parking area and follows the campground to the base of the mountain. The trail crosses a bridge over Joe Creek at a scenic 10-foot cascade and continues to follow the creek as it climbs the hill to the base of Panther Falls.