Panther Creek State Park
Josh Guin
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Panther Creek State Park

7 miles, trail difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced

Address: 2010 Panther Creek Rd Morristown TN 37814
Phone:  (423) 587-7046  
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Here's what you need to know:

  1. Getting here - rural two lane roads, road side horse trailer parking down the road from park entrance.
  2. Parking & Trailers - ample pull-through parking around gravel circle drive in field. 
  3. Family Friendly - yes
  4. Trail Difficulty - Intermediate to advanced
  5. Trail Info - shared with hikers, rocky, lakeside ride, two loops with connector trail, marked with yellow arrow signs.
  6. Amenities - trail kiosk.
  7. Events & entertainment - organized rides by permit only.
  8. Lodging - N/A
  9. Hookups - N/A
  10. Stalls - N/A


  • Open 7am - Sunset
  • 5 miles from fuel and food

From their site:

Horse Trails Hunt Knob Trail – 3.8 Mile Loop, Moderate to Difficult, Hiking and Equestrienne Use The 3.8-mile Hunt Knob trail is the longest trail in the park. This scenic trail follows the perimeter of Cherokee Lake 1.75-miles before ascending Hunt Knob ridge. The trail offers variety from easy, strait, gently sloping sections along the lakeshore to strenuous, hilly sections around Hunt Knob. NOTE: The Hunt Knob trail is accessible only from the horse trail parking area along a 1.6-mile connector trail. The total length of the Hunt Knob trail and the connector trail is 5.4-miles. Maple Arch Trail – 3.2 Mile Loop, Moderately Difficult, Hiking and Equestrienne Use The 3.2-mile Maple Arch trail loop is moderately difficult and features short, steep hills and one very steep ascent. This trail is named for the unique tendency of Red and Silver Maple trees to form arches as they grow over the trail corridor. Much of the trail follows the shoreline of Cherokee Lake before sharply ascending River Ridge. The Maple Arch trail is excellent for observing waterfowl and other wildlife and offers many captivating views of Cherokee Lake. NOTE: The Maple Arch trail loop is accessible only from the horse trail parking area along a 2.6-mile connector trail. The total length of the Maple Arch trail and the connector trail is 5.8-miles.

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