Panther Creek State Park, covering approximately 1,435 acres, is located on the shores of Cherokee Reservoir, an impoundment of the Holston River. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located about 45 miles south. Legend has it that both Panther Creek and Panther Springs, located about 1 1/2 miles southeast of the park, received their names from the claim of a Colonel Bradley of Virginia who, while exploring the area, shot a panther that fell into the spring.
I will agree it is moderate but some places have some good obstacles like the rock section by the lake probably not to tough to hike but on a bike it's a different story but if you want a good challenge ride ore mine trail clockwise not for beginners
This is a great trail system something for all skill levels not to crowed and everyone I ran into was very nice and helpful trails were in good shape only seen tree across 1 trail in 2 places I will go back and ride the rest of the trails I didn't have time to get to.
My brother and I did the point lookout trail, which was pretty steep at some points so a great workout! I do wish that there was a higher platform to stand on or some of the trees were cleared for the view at the summit. It's a pretty narrow window where the trees are thin enough to see through, and even still it's fairly hard to see. The park overall was very well kept and beautiful, and great for a family outing or some camping!
Very peaceful for a weekend hike! I hiked alone so was graced with more wildlife due to the quietness. Trails are great here with all levels of difficulty and rewarding views of Cherokee Lake. Best of all I live right on the edge of the park with a trailhead a block away!!
Great trail late fall riding you have to pay close attention as you can go off the trail. Beautiful lake views. Wooden bridge, beach, creeks. Rock formations. Day use only. Leave your valuables at home as there was reports of break ins. I have never had trouble though. Lots of pine, all wooded.