Panther Falls in Virginia

Panther Falls in Amherst County, Virginia

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.

Panther Falls
Panther Falls – note the swimmer at the base!

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.

Please see our Virginia Waterfall Map for precise directions.

Panther Falls - Parking
Panther Falls – Parking

The Falls are an easy 0.2 walk along a clear path.

Panther Falls - Trail
Panther Falls – Trail

Go early on weekends unless you enjoy the screaming company of many!

Trail Map

Trail Map - Panther Falls
Trail Map – Panther Falls (click to enlarge)