Description - Panther Creek State Park, covering approximately 1,435 acres, is located on the shores of Cherokee Reservoir, an impoundment of the Holston River.
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Panther Creek State Park
Legend has it that both Panther Creek and Panther Springs, located about 1 1/2 miles southeast of the park, received their names from the claim of a Colonel Bradley of Virginia who, while exploring the area, shot a panther that fell into the spring.
- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located about 45 miles south. At Near Point Lookout, the highest place in the park, the elevation reaches 1,460 feet above sea level.
Other points of interest are Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Recreation - The park offers a variety of activities such as camping, fishing, boating, basketball, horseshoes, softball, volley and tennis. There are two tennis courts open from daylight to dark.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
From East on I-40 travel through Knoxville and take Exit 394 (Hwy. 11E North). This is about 35 miles from the park and Morristown.
From South on I-81 take Exit 12 (Hwy. 160). Travel North on 160 to Hwy. 11E, turn right and then take the next left. The park is approximately 2.5 miles on the right.
If coming from Gatlinburg, get on I-40 East and take Exit 417 (Hwy. 92). Travel toward Jefferson City. At the light, turn right (Hwy. 11E North). This goes to Morristown and Panther Creek State Park.