Panther Creek State Park - Morristown, TN - Tennessee State Parks

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Welcome to Panther Creek State Park
Panther Creek State Park is a 1,435 acre park located on the Cherokee Reservoir in the historic Holston River Valley, six miles west of Morristown. Pioneers from North Carolina and the older Watauga Settlement in East Tennessee arrived in this area around 1785. Prior to this time, the Cherokee Indians were the most prominent Native American tribe in the area. The park has 17 different hiking trails covering more than 30 miles of terrain at all levels of difficulty. Hikers can enjoy magnificent views of Cherokee Lake and the Cumberland Mountains from Point Lookout Trail reaching 1,460 feet above sea level. There are also more than 15 miles of mountain biking trails that range from easy to difficult. Cherokee Lake provides year-round catches of bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, rock fish and bream. It is common to catch rock fish up to 20 pounds. Nearby commercial marinas provide boat launching and rental boats, as well as a bait shop that supplies fishing and picnicking needs. Panther Creek offers seven miles of horseback riding trails with more under construction. Horse trailers must use the parking area off Panther Creek Road, just to the west of Boat Ramp Road.

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CAMPING
Rates: $24 — $31.25
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.
Panther Creek has 50 campsites complete with water, electrical hookups, grills, picnic tables, fire rings and a bathhouse facility. A laundromat facility is also available. The two bathhouse facilities provide hot showers, commodes and lavatories. The campground also has a dump station for self-contained trailer rigs. Maximum stay is two weeks.

BOATING
Cherokee Lake is a beautiful lake for boating. The park provides a boat ramp for visitors to launch from mid-April to late September. Nearby commercial marinas provide boat launching and rental boats and motors, as well as a bait shop that supplies fishing and picnicking needs.

SWIMMING
The pool opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Closed Monday and Tuesday
ADMISSION
Admission is $5 per person, ages two and older and $3 for camping guests (maximum 6 people per camp site). Pool passes are $100 for 40 visits and can be used for your entire party.
All infants must wear swim diapers which can be purchased for $1 at the pool.
POOL PARTIES
Pool parties can be scheduled after normal operating hours from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for $150 (plus tax) for parties with up to 50 people. For larger parties, an additional $20 will be added for 25 people.. For more info, please call the park office at 423-587-7046. Please wear your sunscreen and stay hydrated! Keep swimming, just keep swimming!
POOL CLOSURES
The pool will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. The pool will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday during this week.
The pool will be open on Tuesday, July 4 and will be closed on Wednesday, July 5.
SAFETY INFORMATION
Panther Creek does not allow swimming in the lake from park property. The shore line does not offer safe access for visitors. This policy is strictly enforced for the safety of park guests.

BIKING
Old Farm Trails are easy 1.0 or 1.5 mile loops.
Trout Lily Trail is a 2.0 mile loop developed by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. It’s for experienced bicyclists.
Deer Run Trail winds back and forth for 0.8 miles
Piney Cove Trail after 0.6 mile, connects with either Old Wagon Trail or Panther Path.
Panther Path starts near the park entrance. It connects with the Old Wagon Road Trail to make almost a 2 mile bike ride or hike.
Old Wagon Trail is great for youngsters. It’s flat for 0.8 mile and bicyclists and hikers can connect to Piney Cove and Deer Run trails for an extended ride or walk.
Trail Length: 8 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate

BIRDING
The shores and islands of Cherokee Lake at Panther Creek State Park offer great opportunities for seeing wintering waterfowl, osprey, and eagles. The forest has a good resident population of songbirds as well.

FISHING
Cherokee Lake is a 30,000 acre impoundment on the Holston River and provides great fishing, boating, skiing and other water recreation activities. Bass, crappie, Walleye, and Sauger are abundant. Bass and crappie fishing are best in the spring. Rock Bass fishing is particularly good and it is not uncommon to catch them in the 20-30 lb. range. The Lake is stocked annually with Hybrid Striped Bass which commonly reach 7 lbs. or more.

HIKING
Norris Blackburn Trail — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Road To Recycling Trail (Self-Guided Nature Trail) — 1.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Ore Mine Trail — 1.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lost Road Trail — 2.1 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Seven Sinkholes Trail — 0.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Ridge Crest Trail — 0.7 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Point Lookout Trail — 1.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Trout Lily Trail — 2.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate to Difficult
Old Wagon Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Panther Path Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Pioneer Trail — 2.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Piney Cove Trail — 0.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Deer Run Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Old Farm Trail (Outer Loop) — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Old Farm Trail (Inner Loop) — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Hunt Knob Trail — 3.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate to Difficult
Maple Arch Trail — 3.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate

HORSEBACK RIDING
Panther Creek offers seven miles of horseback riding trails including Hunt Knob and Maple Arch trails. Horse riders can access both of these trails from the parking area located past the boat ramp. The trails offer a variety from easy, straight, gently sloping sections to strenuous, hilly sections along Cherokee Lake with captivating views. You must bring your own horse. There are no camping facilities on the trails. Please stay on the trail and remember to bring current Coggins papers on each horse.
Horse trailers must use the parking area off Panther Creek Road, just to the west of Boat Ramp Road.

GROUP FACILITIES
Panther Creek - Open Space Venues
Panther Creek State Park offers many beauitful open space venues to choose from for your next wedding ceremony, reception, family reunion, or company event. All special events require a special use permit to be completed and approved by the Park Manager prior to the date of your event. Please call 423-587-7046 to book your event!
Panther Creek Recreation Field
The Panther Creek Recreation Field is the perfect space for any outdoor event - weddings, company events, or family reunions! This field can hold up to 2,000 people. There are a limited number of restrooms located nearby and ample parking for large events. The daily rate is $500.
The Heart
The Heart is located at the highest point of Panther Creek Park Road. This heart shaped space makes for a special wedding atmosphere for you and your loved one to celebrate joining lives. This area is ideal for 20-25 people. The daily rate is $50.
The Overlook
The Overlook has a breathtaking view of Cherokee Lake. A wooded observation deck allows you and your family with a perfect place to celebrate your joyous commitment. The Overlook only allows for 15 guests to stand on the deck at one time, but there is some area around it to accommodate other guests. This area is ideal for weddings up to 30 people. The daily rate is $50.
The Creek Observation Deck
The Deck is a large open area that is perfect for a larger wedding. With Panther Creek running behind it, this space is absolutely stunning for a wedding. There is plenty of space to set up chairs or hay bales for your guests. This location is a great option for you to say I do! The Deck can accommodate weddings up to 100 average guests. The daily rate is $50.
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