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Panther Creek is a rustic park located on the Morristown side of Cherokee Lake.  The 1,400 plus acres representing the park consists of mostly wooded, rolling terrain.  For more information call the park office at 423-587-7046 or visit Tennessee State Parks Web site. 

    The park is located in the Hamblen County community of Panther Springs, one of the area's oldest settlements.  Pioneers from North Carolina and the older Watauga Settlement in East Tennessee arrived at the "Springs" around 1784.  Prior to this time, this land was considered part of the Great Cherokee Hunting Grounds and deep below the waters of Cherokee Lake lies part of the Great Indian Warpath once followed by Daniel Boone.

The legends of Panther Springs are many and often include a mysterious Colonel Bradley who upon early exploration of the area was threatened by a panther at the cool waters of the spring and shot it dead.  The reminders of earlier times can be seen at the old springhouse located 1 1/2 miles from the park entrance, forgotten civil war headstones and the moss covered foundations from family farms located on the current park property.

     Beginning in 1965, the state of Tennessee began acquiring local farmland to develop Panther Creek State Park.  Covering approximately 1,435 acres of land, the park's namesake meanders through the rolling hills and valleys emptying into the Cherokee Lake Reservoir, an impoundment of the Holston River.

     Nestled in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, the park offers a relaxed vacation from the fast pace of everyday life.  White-tailed deer, beaver, screech owls and bald eagles bring sharp-eyed visitors an extra special treat while hiking, biking, horse riding, camping or fishing.  The whir of the mountain bikes or the soft clop of horse hooves can be heard between the hardwood and limestone covered hills.

    Panther Creek State Park and Friends welcomes you to stay with us a while and enjoy the history and hometown hospitality we have to offer.

 


    

    

 

 

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