The Panther Creek Trail passes through hardwood forests of white pine and hemlock trees with rocky bluffs and steep uphill ascents. The footpath moves upstream towards the focal point of this trip up where the Panther Creek and Davidson Creek join at the waterfalls. The trail is marked with blue blazes. The pathway starts at a wooded area on a four-lane overpass which is in the Tallulah Falls Railroad vicinity. The path then makes a long curve back to the woods as it parallels Panther creek. This northern section of Georgia is also filled with a few side paths to the creek. The area is also part of the Gainesville Ridges and that the US Highway 441 used to run between the parking area and the trailhead section of this trail in the 1990s.
Boulder Eric Tardif says From the Panther Creek overpass, the path follows the creek to the base of the falls where the Panther Creek and Davidson Creek meet. Make a quick left as the trail descends approximately 100 feet to the base of the falls. Then the path speeds up again to the top of the falls where you are greeted by another spectacular view of the creek. At the top of the falls, the trail then intersects with the Caloosahatchee Trail at a narrow place. At this point, continue to make a left turn and move further down to cross Caloosahatchee Creek's bridge.
Crossing the creek, the path then approaches Sherrils Lake and number four winds through the winding path to the lake. At the lake, there are some sets of stone steps where one can get out of the water to the platform. While here, one can have a great view of the surrounding area were visible in the distance one can see the mountainous Woggle Peak. Continue to climb up and then down the path to winding paths back to the trailhead. The trail then ends at the top of a hill where it offers a better view of Hybrid Park and the foothills of Mt. affair. Just a short distance from here, you will find Dukes Lake and the South Tower of Gold.
Hybrid Park is a small amusement park a few miles north of Jacksonville at outside the city limits. enter at the Sherman St. access road, made of gravel and dirt, and climb over a stone wall into the wooded Mount Airy Forest. There are sets of stone steps along the trail which leads to a small tunnel where trees have been growing for thousands of years. These trees are very old that they are buried deep below the surface of the soil. These old trees are also home to the zipper mushers of the world. Because of the steep slope in this region, once the mushers finish their job, they must then make a difficult climb to the top of Mt. Airy.
While at the top of Mount Airy, turn right and go behind the fence line on the summit and look down into the hollow on the west side of the Mount Airy Gap where Thomas Wharton found a greenstone Costco in 1694. This area was also where the Ensuring Highway that ran from New York to Washington used to enter the picture. Costco's were first installed in this location in 1943. But this has not stopped the rapid decline of this once great company as its market share has been eroded by increasing competition from neighboring outlets.
Heading back down from Mount Airy, make a left turn to The Shelter Road and turn left to a parking area where you can park your vehicle and make a short tour of the inside of the facility. There are a lot of old playgrounds and trails that have been made over the years. There are also sets of light poles that have been removed to allow for the homage of saving these historic playgrounds.
After a short break, make a right turn and then proceed to the top of Bliss State Park. As you descend to the bottom of the hill, you will get the feeling that you are in another world of Recreation areas and Campgrounds. There are a total of 16 paradise-style campsites that have a variety of amenities like swimming pools, general stores, dining areas, and more.
You will find a Baja California family of Campground at Bliss State Park. This park has a beautiful lake and cascading waterfalls. They also have camping areas that will make you feel like you are in another place and time. Other than camping, they have 3 playgrounds that will keep your children busy for hours. The visitor's center also offers activities like taking pictures and buying souvenirs.
St. James Parish Campground is different from the other parks in that it has been around since the early 19th century. Features of this campsite are the historic nails that have been used as building elements of the road and 9 picnic tables that are right near the campsites.