Panther Creek State Park Cycling
Morristown, TN 37814
Over 30 miles of trail ramble through the tranquil woods at Panther Creek State Park. Some hug the banks of the Cherokee Lake, some explore the depths of the forest, while others stretch across open fields. There's singletrack, both wide and tight, mowed paths, plus a few old roads. The circuit of looped trails connect to each other allowing you to increase or decrease your mileage. Terrain varies from rock gardens to rolling hills and from easy to strenuous. Hike, run, mountain bike or ride a horse — there's something for everyone. While hikers have access to all 30 miles of trails, 15 miles are shared with mountain bikers. Equestrians are allowed on 14 miles of hiking trails.
Mountain Biking and hiking Trails
Old Wagon Trail: This 0.8 mile trail is the most popular trail in the Park. All ages and skill levels follow this trail as it contours Panther Creek.
Piney Cove Trail: Winding through tall pines, this 0.6 mile trail is a connector trail between Panther Path and the Old Farm trails. This is an excellent beginner mountain bike trail.
Deer Run Trail: Contouring the Lake, this 0.8 mile connector trail meanders around a series of curves and short, gentle hills as a connector trail from the Panther Path trail to the Trout Lily Trail.
Old Farm Trails: Excellent trail for viewing wildflowers and songbirds, this easy trail features a 1.0 mile inner loop and a 1.5 mile outer loop. The inner loop gently winds through cedar glades and bramble fields — think blackberries in summer! While the outer loop travels to the Pioneer Trail through open fields dotted with hardwood and pine stands.
Trout Lily Trail: Sections of this tail wind around the lake shoreline. This 2.0 mile moderate trail is the most techincal trail in the park for mountain bikers due to its rooty and rocky terrain.
Panther Path Trail: Easy 2.0 mile loop winds through open fields and through shaded stands of hardwood.
Pioneer Trail: Winding through a pine and cedar forest, wildlife viewers will enjoy this 2.6 mile moderate loop.
Park Size: 1,435 acres
Natural Trails: 30+ miles
doubletrack and old roads
Difficulty: easy to moderate
2010 Panther Creek Park Road, Morristown
Directions: Take I-40E to exit 394, US-11E/25W, heading east. Go 6.1 miles and make a slight left to remain on US-11E. Travel 23.6 mile and turn left onto Panther Creek Rd. Travel another 2.4 miles and turn right on Panther Creek Park Rd. Parking will be on the left.