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.
Cherokee Lake is a beautiful lake for boating. Nearby commercial marinas provide boat launching and rental boats and motors, as well as a bait shop that supplies fishing and picnicking needs.
Panther Creek has 50 campsites complete with water, electrical hookups, grills, picnic tables, fire rings and a bathhouse facility. A laundromat facility is also available.
The two bathhouse facilities provide hot showers, commodes, and lavatories. The campground also has a dump station for self-contained trailer rigs. Maximum stay is two weeks.
Cherokee Lake provides year-round catches of bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish and bream. Rock fishing is particularly good and it is not uncommon to catch 20-and 30- pound fish. There is no park fee for fishing but a valid Tennessee fishing license is required. Nearby commercial marinas provide boat launching and rental boats and motors, as well as a bait shop that supplies fishing and picnicking needs.
Panther Creek offers 7 miles of horseback riding trails with more under construction. You must bring your own horse. There are no camping facilities on the trails. Please stay on the trail and remember to bring current Coggins papers on each horse.
Horse trailers must use the parking area off Panther Creek Road, just to the west of Boat Ramp Road. This area has maps which show the horse trail.
Panther Creek State Park's large fan-shaped swimming pool opens Memorial Day weekend and is available for your recreation through early August.
There is a high dive, a low dive and a wading pool for small children. A lifeguard is on duty during pool hours. Aside from lots of nice grassy areas on which to sunbathe, there is also a small shelter for those who want to get out of the sun.
All park public pools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, except Holiday weeks. Please call the park for those schedules. Camping guests will pay half price for admission to the pool.
The park offers a variety of other activities such as basketball, horseshoes, softball, volleyball, tennis and playgrounds. The two tennis courts open from daylight to dark.
Tour buses are welcome.
Panther Creek State Park, 2010 Panther Creek Park Road, Morristown,TN 37814