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Cherokee Park offers pavilions for family gatherings

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Cherokee Park is located on Cherokee Lake just off Highway 25-E near the Grainger County line. Its 181 acres was provided to Hamblen County by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It’s the only park operated by the Hamblen County Government.

Cherokee Park offers camping, boating, fishing, picnic shelters and many community activities. There are 73 camp sites, 58 with water and electrical hookups and the rest for tent camping. Camping fees range from $15 for tents to $20 and $25 or hookups, depending on location.

The park has three pavilions, one big enough for 200 people with attached rest rooms.

A centerpiece of the park is the Citizen Tribune-Jefferson Federal Amphitheatre for the Performing Arts. It is the location of a large music show each year during the annual Fourth of July celebration in the park. The celebration draws thousands of people from Hamblen and surrounding counties and includes a variety of family oriented activities during the day, concluding with the musical performances and a large fireworks show.

The park has added many attractions through the years. One of the most recent is a disc golf course. There are picnic tables with a playground for children nearby. Hamblen Boat Dock provides a full range of boating services. It is operated under contract with the park. Attached to the park are archery and skeet shooting ranges. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31. The hours from Nov. 1 to March 30 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To reserve a pavilion or camp site, or for additional information, contact the park at 423-586-5232.