One of the many man-made lakes created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Cherokee Lake is a popular recreation destination. It was recently ranked #12 in BASSMASTERS' list of 100 Best Bass Lakes in the United States. Along its 400 miles of shoreline are public access areas, county and municipal parks, commercial boat docks, a state park and a state wildlife management area. There are many tent and trailer sites for campers as well. With a temperate climate, anglers can enjoy their sport on an almost year-round basis. Grab your pole, boat, kayak or canoe and head to Cherokee Lake for a fun day on the water.
Cherokee Campgrounds and Marinas
Everhart Camping and Country Store
Address: 5676 Fall Creek Dock Road
Address: 5656 Fall Creek Dock Road
Hamblen Marina at Cherokee Park
Address: 3050 Hamblen Dock Road
Address: 3075 Floyd Hall Drive,
- April 1 – October 31 8 AM – 10 PM and
- November 1 – March 31 8 AM – 5 PM
Price: Free; call for camping and pavilion rental rates.
This beautiful 178-acre public park resides on the banks of Cherokee Lake with mountain views. It features lakeside camping, walking trails, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, the Citizen Tribune Jefferson Federal amphitheater, a splash pad, boat dock with lake access points and an 18 hole championship-caliber disc golf course.
Address: 2010 Panther Creek Road
Phone: 423-587-7046 or 888-TN-PARKS
Hours: 6:00 AM – dark
Admission: Free; call for camping and pavilion rates.
This gem in the Tennessee State Park system is located on 1,435 acres and bordered by Cherokee Lake. Every member of the family will enjoy the pristine wilderness preserve with abundant, untouched wildlife. Panther Creek Park offers several hiking trails, mountain biking, and horse trails as well as a boat ramp, swimming pool, camping sites, and picnic pavilions with sweeping scenic views of the lake.
If you build it, they will come. Morristown has found this to be true, and that’s why there are four championship-caliber disc golf courses here. Beginning in 2007 with the Kiwanis course at Wayne Hansard Park and continuing with the Cherokee Park course and the Rotary course at Frank Lorino Park in 2012, Morristown has become the go-to destination in Tennessee for challenging disc golf courses. The Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships, a United States Disc Golf Championships qualifying tournament, is held annually in June in Morristown. All courses are free to play and open during specific park's hours.
Address: 415 W. Louise Avenue
The Morristown City Parks and Recreation Department provides year round activities for all ages. The amenities include recreation centers, tennis courts, baseball, softball and little league fields, football and soccer fields as well as outdoor basketball courts, horse barn and ring, and fifteen (15) parks and playgrounds with picnic areas and shelters available year-round.
Civic Park – 390 Sulpher Springs Road
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park – 350 W. Ninth North Street
Frank Lorino Park – 3100 Lorino Park Road (featuring BMX track and disc golf)
Fred Miller Park – 442 W. Morris Boulevard (featuring splash pad)
Hillcrest Park – 407 S. Liberty Hill Road
Jaycee Field Dog Park – 1726 Dalton Ford Road
King Park – 400 Montvue Avenue
Long-Reel Track – 506 Inman Street
Popkin Field – 1049 Merwin Street
Sherwood Park – 301 S. Daisy Street
Talley-Ward Recreation Center – 324 South James Street
Walters Park – 600 Hubble Street
Wayne Hansard Park – 5100 Dearing Road (featuring disc golf)
West Elementary Park – 235 W. Converse Street
Wildwood Park – 1925 Shields Ferry Road
Address: 3100 Lorino Park Road
Open: March-Nov.: Racing every Saturday
The cornerstone of BMX racing in Morristown, TN for the past 30 years is the BMX Raceway at Frank Lorino Park. Weather permitting, races are held every Saturday, March through November for family-friendly fun! Bring your safety gear and get ready to ride. Visit the Facebook page for more up-to-date information.
Address: Farmers Market Pavilion & Downtown Green
Open: 4th Saturday of September
Morristown’s newest festival has quickly become a favorite! You’ll find an extensive variety of craft beers, food trucks, arts and crafts, live music, a corn hole tournament, a kid's zone, fun activities and games. Yes, we will have some domestics and ciders on hand, too! Admission is free and various tasting packages are available for purchase in advance or at the festival. Bring your ID and your thirst and head to downtown Morristown for a great craft beer experience. Make plans to spend a beautiful fall day at one of East Tennessee's newest events!
Open: 4th weekend in October
Saturday 10AM-5PM & Sunday 11AM-5PM
If you're looking for something to do on a beautiful Smoky Mountain fall weekend that includes great entertainment, lots of yummy home-cooked food, children's activities, and a first-class arts and crafts show, then spend the weekend at the Mountain Makins Festival in Morristown. Held in and on the grounds of Rose Center, the festival has been a regional favorite since 1976. This award-winning festival celebrates the very best of Appalachian culture, from crafts to music. In 2016 it was selected as the Best Festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association. It has been designated a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” four times by the Southeast Tourism Society and was voted “Best Festival in East Tennessee” by readers of Tennessee Magazine. Since the very first festival, authentic craftsmen have demonstrated folk-life skills, giving guests young and old a chance to see traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, apple butter making, broom making, beekeeping, woodturning and other necessities of frontier life in Appalachia. The historic Rose Center and surrounding grounds are filled with pottery, glasswork, jewelry, wood carving, soaps and lotions, fineart, fiber art, folk art, candles, wreaths, soft sculpture, baskets, toys and much, much more.