Edit: As of August 7, the parking area is finished and open again. Enjoy!
Panthertown Valley’s Cold Mountain trailhead, providing the best access to some of the area’s favorite features such as Schoolhouse Falls, will close on Monday morning for construction. When it reopens? A proper parking area! Until now, there has only been very limited space to park along the edges of the road.
The usual Forest Service press release is below.
National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Media Contact: Bryan Killian at 828-524-6441
Panthertown Cold Mountain Trail Head Will be Closed August 3rd – August 14th
PANTHERTOWN, N.C., July 31, 2015- Nantahala District Ranger, Mike Wilkins, advises everyone that Forest Service road 4673 which accesses the Panthertown hiking trail system from the east side in the Cold Mountain area will be closed beginning Monday morning August 3, 2015 on week days until August 14, 2015 to construct a 9-12 car parking area. The project is a cooperative effort between the Friends of Panthertown and the US Forest Service made possible by a grant provided by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation.
For more information contact Assistant Ranger, Bryan Killian at 828-524-6441.