While Mainspring doesn’t officially own this property anymore, we are proud to have improved parking at the Salt Rock Gap entrance to Panthertown Valley. Mainspring purchased 16 acres in 2017 that borders the western entrance to Panthertown Valley and Salt Rock Gap near Cashiers in Jackson County and protected an important scenic knoll there. Mainspring worked with the Friends of Panthertown to create a parking area before it became part of the U.S. Forest System in July of 2019.
Visitors can park and hike Panthertown from this property. Panthertown is part of the Nantahala National Forest and consists of more than 10,000 acres of protected land with clifftop views, at least eight major waterfalls, trout streams, rare plant species and diverse habitat for wildlife.
Read more about the fundraising effort in the Asheville Citizen-Times here.