Located on the Morristown side of Cherokee Lake, the rolling hills and valleys that comprise Panther Creek State Park provide many scenic miles of trail for hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers and equestrians. Their scenic waterfront invites paddlers and fishermen. Wildlife are prevalent — you might spy white-tailed deer, beaver, screech owls or bald eagles. The park offers a variety of other activities to enjoy. There are tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, a softball field, horseshoes, playgrounds and a swimming pool. Campers will find 50 campsites complete with water, electrical hookups, grills, picnic tables, fire rings and a bathhouse facility with hot showers. A laundromat is also available.
Equestrians: Horses are allowed on 14 miles of moderate to difficult trails that go from shoreline to ridgetop. Owners must have on hand current Coggins papers for each horse. Parking for horse trailers is in the parking area off Panther Creek Road, just to the west of Boat Ramp Road. There are maps there that show the path to the horse trails.
Fishing: 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.
Hiking: Hikers are permitted on all 30 miles of singletrack and dirt road trails that wind through the park. Views abound!
Mountain Biking: Ranging from easy to difficult, the 15 miles of mountain bike trails offer something for all levels. These trails are shared with hikers.
Paddling: From the boat ramp paddlers can enjoy the beautiful waters of the Cherokee Lake. Check out the little islands and find one to enjoy a picnic stop. During the summer months, River Sports Outfitters, rents Canoes, Kayaks & SUP boards at Panther Creek on the weekends.!