Panther Creek State Park is a relatively large state park located in the Holston River Valley in Tennessee. The park is located just to the west of Morristown, Tennessee in Hamblen County. The Cherokee were the original inhabitants of the area and thus, the man-made lake at the park is the Cherokee Reservoir. The first white settlers arrived in 1785 from parts of eastern Tennessee and North Carolina. One of those early settlers was a farmer named Gideon Morris, for whom the town is named.
Panther Creek State Park and Hamblen County have a humid subtropical climate. The weather during the summer is hot, and the humidity is high. That means that the days are hot, and the nights stay warm as well. During the winter, snow is not unheard of but it’s rarely very heavy. Winters tend to be fairly mild.
Those who rent an RV near Panther Creek State Park are able to reach Knoxville, TN in about an hour. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are also about an hour away. To the east, Johnson City is about an hour away as well. The Kentucky border is about an hour to the north, and the North Carolina border is slightly less than an hour to the east.
Panther Creek State Park has several opportunities for visitors who want to experience the outdoors. Most of the state of Tennessee is fairly hilly, and the park is no exception. There are more than a dozen hiking trails at Panther Creek State Park. The trails cover over 30 miles of the area. There are trails for all different hiking skill levels. The options range from easy and relatively flat trails to mountainous, technical trails.
Mountain bikers who have an RV at Panther Creek State Park can also experience over 15 miles of trails. The mountain biking trails also range from fairly easy to very difficult. Mountain bikers of all skill and experience levels can find something to do there.
Cherokee Reservoir, also known as Cherokee Lake, allows visitors to fish, canoe, and boat on the water. The lake is stocked with black bass, Kentucky bass, largemouth bass, and several other species of bass. Additionally, there are crappie, walleye, sockeye, and much more.
Horseback riding is another popular activity at Panther Creek State Park. Seven miles of trails serve horses. Many visitors enjoy bird watching while they walk or ride through the park.
Camping at Panther Creek State Park
The park has several options for parking when you search for an RV at Panther Creek State Park. The state park has 50 campsites; the sites have 20 amp, 30 amp, and 50 amp electrical hookups as well as water. They also feature grills, fire rings, and picnic tables. A smaller number of the campsites have sewer.
Panther Creek has two bathhouses featuring showers and toilets. The laundromat operates year-round. Those who park at a campsite without sewer can dump sewage at the dumping station. There is limited WiFi as well.
Campsites here are able to be reserved, or they can be rented upon arrival. Visitors are allowed to stay for a maximum of two weeks.
Exploring The Area
Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown attracts many visitors to the area each year; many of them stay at Panther Creek State Park, but others come just for the museum. The museum is a replica of Davy Crockett’s tavern in Tennessee. Crockett opened a tavern in Morristown when Tennessee was still known as the Southwest Territory. The modern museum is built on the site of Crockett’s childhood home.
Cherokee Park, also in Morristown, offers several manicured trails. As it is a hilly part of the state, the trails tend to feature several elevation changes. There are covered areas that can accommodate large groups. Children can enjoy a splash park as well. Those who book an RV in Morristown can bring a boat to launch, or they can rent one at the park. Lastly, the park features a disc golf course.
Glenmore Mansion in Jefferson City is a Victorian-style mansion first built in 1868. The mansion was built by John Roper Branner, a businessman in the area. The mansion has been owned by two families in its history. The gardens at the mansion are popular for visitors; it’s also the site of many weddings, parties, and other events.
The Appalachian Quilt Trail is a trail of over 1000 quilts. The trail has no determined beginning or end; so, visitors can travel to various quilts that adorn different parts of the area. The entire trail can take several hours to explore.
Morristown has restaurants offering everything from fast food to fine dining. Visitors can find just about any kind of food they are looking for. There are also fast food restaurants, gas stations, and truck stops along the highways around Panther Creek State Park.