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.

Good moderate trail

I like this trail. I've done it a few times. I'd say it's decently difficult since I'm the only one of my friends that made it all the way through.

When you need a quick fix without a lot of driving #outsidetherapy

mountain biking
4 months ago

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

mountain biking
4 months ago

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.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great park, not many people on the trails.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great place for a morning hike before the heat. Lots of trails to explore.

Fun hike nice elevation change.

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!