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.

Nice loop trail with a great view of the lake at the top. The footing is good in most places, but there were some rocks and roots to negotiate. I could see the trail being slick in spots after a rain.

hiking
2 months ago

Plenty of vertical here. Good shoes and walking stick/trekking poles are advised as the trail becomes pretty slick in spots after a good rain. Nice views of the lake and very little trash on the trail.

Nice views from the top of the mountain. However, either there was missing signage or I just didn’t see it, so I ended up on different trails instead of completing the loop. I ended up walking on the main road 20 minutes up a long steep hill to get back to my car.

hiking
3 months ago

My favorite at Panther. I continue on the ridge trail .75 for a nice beach for the dogs.

Nice trail with the dogs

trail running
3 months ago

This run like every run in panther will test you in the best way possible. This trail isn’t tracicked that much accept during cross country season because the local high school uses it for distance

trail running
3 months ago

Even though footing can be an issue at times the view is more than worth it

well marked, some grades but overall easy

Nice trail that's easier than others I've been on, just one rocky area. Good views of the lake.

The view is worth the hike!

This trail is hard ascent with switchbacks made for bike use. It was beautiful and challenging. The lake at mid point is a perfect resting point. Had a hard time finding the Loop so I just retraced my steps for second half. Took me 1 hour 15 minutes. Saw a deer, chipmunks, squirrels and jumping fish!

hiking
7 months ago

Not an easy trail and has little payoff compared to other trails in the park.

one of my favorite trails at panther creek. good trail for kids as it isn't too difficult.

Nice view of the lake from the point. Great place for a picnic.

on Lost Road Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this 10/01/17. Well kept trail offering lake views, light to moderate woods. Rock outcroppings throughout. Some steep ascents and rocky paths. All in all, a beautiful area, relaxing hike. Saw three deer.

hiking
8 months ago

Did this hike yesterday morning. Started on the Point Lookout Loop and ended up taking a side trail that led to the lake as well. Beautiful views there with a beach area. Returned to the main trail and decided to take the more direct route to the from the east side.. Long grade with steep incline...it will knock the dust off your lungs! I would do it again!!

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Probably my favorite trail in the park.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Great trails, it close by and convienant. Wonderful views of Cherokee Lake.

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Nice views around the lake (especially if the water is up). Plenty to do around the park.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Trails are nice here. Something for everyone. This trail is steep at times but beautiful views!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Beautiful! !

Monday, February 20, 2017

Good moderate trail

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

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

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great park, not many people on the trails.

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