Panther Falls is a very popular local swimming hole on the Pedlar River near Buena Vista. The waterfall is only 10-feet high but the surrounding rocks provide two perfect jumping-off platforms.
Despite the popularity and not unlike many other waterfalls, its location is somewhat of a challenge for visitors new to the area. We were surprised that accurate directions were a bit difficult to obtain!
You can approach Panther Falls from several directions but let’s drive south along the Blue Ridge Parkway. At mile 45.6 turn east on US-60 then turn right on Panther Falls Road after 0.3 miles.
Follow the unpaved Panther Falls Road for 3.1 miles to a parking area.
Statons Creek Falls is a really pretty cascade that is impossible to photograph in whole. It is also quite dangerous to scramble down the rocks so we recommend you just focus on the higher cascade near the road.
Statons Creek is a roadside waterfall – easy to access but parking is limited.
There are many ways to get there but we focus on access from the famous Blue Ridge Parkway.
Driving south, turn left onto US-60 at mile 45.6. Drive 3.6 miles then turn left on CR-605 (Pedlar River Rd). After 2 miles turn right onto Fiddlers Green Way (CR 633). After 1 mile look for water on the left next to the road. The parking area is to the right just a short distance away.
Just walk on the rocks a short distance to see the upper cascade.