Morristown, Tennessee. Your Next Destination.
Located between Cherokee and Douglas Lakes, and just a short drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Morristown is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Boating, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and disc golf are just a few of the outdoor activities that beckon.
A true jewel in the Tennessee State Park system, Panther Creek State Park has something for everyone. Boasting 17 different hiking trails that cover more than 30 miles of terrain at all levels of difficulty, hikers won’t be able to get enough. They can enjoy magnificent views of Cherokee Lake and the Cumberland Mountains from Point Lookout Trail, which reaches 1,460 feet above sea level. There are also more than 15 miles of mountain biking trails, as well as horse trails, camping sites, picnic pavilions, a boat ramp, an 18-hole disc golf course and a swimming pool for everyone to enjoy. Panther Creek hosts several mountain bike races, the Panther Creek Xterra Triathlon, and a multitude of special events and activities throughout the year.
Beautiful Cherokee Lake, a fisherman’s haven, was recently ranked No. 12 on BASSMASTERS’ list of 100 Best Bass Lakes in the United States. As one of the premier bass fishing lakes in the region, several highly successful angling tournaments are held on the lake annually. Cherokee’s 400 miles of shoreline is dotted with a variety of public access areas, county and municipal parks, commercial boat docks, Panther Creek State Park, and a state wildlife management area. And, with a temperate climate, anglers can enjoy fishing nearly every day of the year.
How serious does Morristown take disc golf? The city boasts five championship disc golf courses at four different venues, which has made it the premier destination in Tennessee for competitors of all skill levels. Morristown hosts the annual Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships, a United States Professional Disc Golf Association qualifying tournament each June. All courses are free to play and open during each park’s posted hours.
After you’ve hiked, biked, fished, or golfed, be sure to head downtown to visit one of the many unique shops or restaurants found in Morristown’s historic district. Anchoring the south end of the district is the Downtown Green and farmers market pavilion, the site of the free Downtown Green Music Series held on the first Fridays of May through August. At the north end of the district, you’ll find the historic Rose Center for the Arts. The restored Victorian schoolhouse is the cultural arts hub of the area and hosts a wide variety of concerts, art exhibits, classes, and theatrical performances. It’s also the location of the annual Mountain Makins Festival, one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events and a two-time winner of the Southeast Festival & Events Association’s Best Festival award.
If you’re looking for a quick get-away for some outdoor adventure, fun on the water, or a stroll through a quaint downtown then make Morristown your next destination.
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