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.

not an easy trail and has no payoff.

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
19 days 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
1 month 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!!

trail running
2 months ago

Probably my favorite trail in the park.

mountain biking
5 months ago

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