Panther Creek State Park in the western half of Hamblen County is part of Tennessee’s award-winning state park system, which consists of 54 state parks and state historic sites. Panther Creek is a 1,435-acre park located on the Cherokee Reservoir in the historic Holston River Valley.
The park has 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horse trails, with terrain ranging from easy to difﬁcult.
From the easy 0.8-mile Old Wagon Trail, which features a wide, relatively ﬂat path ideal for beginning hikers and bikers alike, to the 1.9-mile Point Lookout Trail, a moderately difﬁcult trail which ascends to the highest point in the park, Panther Creek’s trails offer something for just about everyone.
More than 15 miles of trails in the park have been designated for mountain bikes and another seven are equestrian trails, including the Hunt Knob and Maple Arch trails, two of the park’s longest and most scenic trails. All bike and horse trails are also open to hikers.
The park provides access to Cherokee Lake for anglers hoping to hook into bass, crappie, blue gill, catﬁsh, rock ﬁsh or bream. There is no park fee for ﬁshing, but a valid Tennessee ﬁshing license is required.
The park provides a boat ramp for visitors between mid-April and late September.
Nearby commercial marinas also provide boat launching and rental boats and motors, as well as bait shops selling ﬁshing supplies.
The swimming pool at Panther Creek is open between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. The park has three picnic pavilions available for rental for events or gatherings.
The capacity ranges from 12 to 80 people. Shelters are equipped with picnic tables and some have grills and access to rest rooms. Full-day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. Picnic shelters may be reserved online up to a year in advance.
The park recently completed a facelift, resulting in the complete renovation of the 50-site campground and an online reservation