Happy Campers: Panthertown Valley

Last weekend six of us went camping in Panthertown Valley, aka Yosemite of the East. Located just northeast of Cashiers and northwest
of Lake Toxaway, this location
is walled and surrounded by
mountains which create a bowled valley. It was absolutely gorgeous.

 Saturday morning we met bright and early, packed the truck, grabbed some coffee and hit the road.

Once we arrived we loaded up our gear and hiked about 1.5 miles in the pouring down rain.

Our first stop was Schoolhouse Falls.

 After taking in the scenery and snapping a few pictures we continued our hike to a nice flat campsite near a beautiful stream.

 Once the rain stopped we set up camp and hung our clothes out to dry. Thankfully we had great weather for the rest of the trip.

 Home sweet home for the weekend.

 While the boys searched for firewood the girls stayed behind, kept the fire going and drank vodka.

 For dinner we cooked hotdogs and pita pizzas {my favorite}!

And I can’t forget some of our snacks – s’more granola and dried fruit!

 After dinner we sat around the campfire, roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. 

 One family picture before we went to sleep!

 Since Panthertown is a bear sanctuary we made sure to put all our extra food in a bear bag overnight. The next morning I snapped a picture before we broke up camp. We backpacked out the way we came in, about 1.5 miles, but since the hike goes back up and out of the valley, the trek back was definitely more

I’d say we were all very happy campers!



  1. Pamela
    July 23, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    Oh how fun! 🙂

  2. Rachel S
    July 23, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    I am loving the pups shoes! Where did you get them?

  3. The Pink Growl
    July 23, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Cutest pic of a pup EVER with the shoes! Looks like a fun camping trip!

  4. The Whitfields
    July 23, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    Charlie's booties are TOO cute. Does he like them? I can hardly keep my golden, Charlee's life jacket on him when we're in the ocean.

  5. Maureen @SheisMoments
    July 23, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Wow! This looks like a great trip but I'm so impressed you braved the rain! 😉

  6. Ashley {Whole Foods New Body}
    July 23, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    That looks like so much fun!!! I have never been much of a camper but that almost tempts me to give it another try!! 🙂

    July 23, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    Sounds like a fun trip!!

  8. Southern Charm
    July 23, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    your pup looks so cute! Now I wanna go camping!

  9. All Things Cherish
    July 23, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    Love your dogs little shoes! So cute!

  10. Tamara @ Everything Happens
    July 23, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    I love Charlie's shoes! I don't think my little one would stand to have them on her feet. Would you please share the smores granola recipe?

  11. Tess
    July 23, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    Ok, so don't tell my Husband this….but, I think I may actually want to try camping!!!! Have I lost my mind?? What have you done to me?? ;)It looks like you guys had such a fun time!!

  12. Jordan Cole
    July 23, 2013 / 2:43 pm

    Charlie is the cutest with his little booties!

  13. tiffany | monuments and melodies
    July 23, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    the trip looks & sounds divine! i cannot wait to do something like this with my boys! the booties on Charlie are precious 😉

  14. A Simple Southern Life
    July 23, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    Looks like a fun trip! Charlies booties are adorable!

  15. Brianne Bracco
    July 23, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    How fun!! Love the puppy shoes and gear 😉

  16. DeAnna Stephens
    July 23, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    You guys are HARDCORE! I have NEVER backpacked! I'm a day hiker/car camper. Panthertown is one area I've never hiked. Putting it on my list!

  17. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    July 23, 2013 / 5:08 pm

    Those little dog shoes!! We camp often but I have never just hiked into the wilderness and camped. Bears + Mosquitos I fear I would be eaten alive!

  18. Sarah
    July 23, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    Fun! I love the pup and the shoes, so cute!!

  19. Colleen Sullivan
    July 23, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    The doggies shoes!!!! I am dying from the cuteness! You are such a great doggy mommy to remember shoes for your little one!

  20. Katie {Miss Dixie}
    July 24, 2013 / 1:46 am

    how in THE world do you get your sweet doggie to wear those shoes?? mine wouldn't budge if I put them on their feet! precious! what a fun trip!!

  21. Natasha
    July 24, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    yall make camping look WAY more glamorous than when i used to go as a kid…haha!! i would've gone a lot more often if they had made pizzas 😉

  22. Abigail
    July 24, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Been on this hike before! So fun! And close to my alma mater, WCU! 🙂

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