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 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
4 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
4 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
5 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!!

Probably my favorite trail in the park.

mountain biking
9 months ago

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

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

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

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.

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