“My favorite hike in Panthertown is to the Blackrock Overlook, with its expansive views of the majesty of nature: mountains, skies and green space." ... "It is a place of reflection, of taking a deep breath and reviewing the things that are important to me. I come to this place many times over the course of a year. It centers me. It fills me with gratitude.” - Virginia Guilfoile, a Friend of Panthertown
Panthertown Valley is indeed a special place. It is one of the most treasured natural resources and attractions of our region.
Friends of Panthertown is a local volunteer-led nonprofit that works in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve this outstanding natural resource while improving the quality of recreational opportunities in Panthertown. Today we ask you to join your community in making a gift to address a special need.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created a world of stress, uncertainty, and anxiety. Yet in the comfort of the woods we find solace, peace, and predictability. This year has found more people coming to the woods, including Panthertown Valley, than ever before. Unlike many natural places, recreation areas, and trails in our region, Panthertown remained open throughout 2020, and welcomed more visitors than usual during the pandemic, giving them a place to de-stress, get exercise, and experience a constant in our world — Nature.
What does this mean for Panthertown? Increased usage and the abundance of rain has caused significant damage and wear to the public trail system. Volunteers working with Friends of Panthertown do their best to look after 30 miles of public trails here, but the weather has caused extensive rutting which will require heavy equipment to repair. The trailhead parking areas need regrading and gravel, and the bridges and staircases are due for improvements where Mother Nature has taken its toll.
To address these needs we have created the Panthertown Stewardship Fund with a goal of $60,000 to address the significant costs of maintenance and improvements to our trail system. All this work begins with YOU. Please join other Friends by making a gift to this Fund. Your generous tax-deductible gift will directly support our maintenance, conservation, and stewardship activities in Panthertown Valley. Please join others not only in experiencing, but also in conserving this unique natural treasure.
- Jason Kimenker, Executive Director
- Margaret Carton, Board President, Chair
Friends of Panthertown, Inc.
Visit our website for more information: panthertown.org/give
If you prefer to donate by check, please make payable to: Friends of Panthertown, mail to: PO Box 51 Cashiers, NC 28717
Friends of Panthertown is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our Tax ID # is 27-3758868.
Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.
Photo of Panthertown Valley by Thomas Mabry