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Spring Adventures in Morristown, TN

 

With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to shake off those winter blahs and get outside, and Morristown’s a great place for that. Whether exploring Panther Creek State Park, sport fishing on Cherokee Lake, playing disc golf like the pros or sampling some of the city’s favorite menus and museums, there’s always more in Morristown.

 

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Featuring more than 1,400 acres of land, Panther Creek State Park is located minutes from downtown Morristown. More than 30 miles of hiking trails are tailored to all levels of difficulty. Take a casual nature walk or climb the steep ascent of Point Lookout, which offers spectacular views of the lake and Cumberland Mountains from its perch 1,460 feet above sea level. The park also has multiple mountain biking and horse trails. Several overlooks along the paths are ideal for bird watching – more than 125 species have been spotted.

 

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A popular destination for picnicking, fishing, camping and swimming, Panther Creek is also home to a championship 18-hole disc golf course. Mark your calendar for year-round fun with owl prowls, moonlight hikes, scavenger hunts and the “spooktacular” Zombie Walk each October. The park is also known for its popular“make and take” activities where guests craft corn husk dolls and candles, hiking sticks and tie-dye T-shirts. If you prefer a little more “edge” to your events, Dirty Bird Events hosts endurance challenges and sets several of their toughest, annual contests at Panther Creek. Your limits will be stretched with events like the Wildcat Mountain Bike Race, Motus Panther Creek Triathlon or the Dirt Circuit 12- and 24-hour trail runs.

 

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More than 2,000 anglers make their annual pilgrimage to Cherokee Lake, one of the best bass-fishing lakes in the Southeast, to participate in a host of tournaments. Make your way to the clear, blue water to reel in crappie, sunfish, walleye and catfish. In Morristown, boat docks, marinas, camping, water sports and rentals are all available for a full lake life experience. Cherokee Park offers an array of amenities for day visitors and campers. In addition to the Hamblen Marina, the park features a boat ramp, walking trails, playground areas, horseshoe pits and a par 62 disc golf course.

 

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Morristown is Tennessee’s Disc Golf Capital® with four championship-caliber courses. The city is also host to the annual Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships the first weekend of June, which is a qualifying tournament for the U.S. Professional Disc Golf Association National Championships. In addition to the courses at Panther Creek and Cherokee Park, disc golfers flock to the 18-hole Kiwanis Disc Golf Course at Wayne Hansard Park and the Rotary Disc Golf Course at Frank Lorino Park, which offers a dual basket setup and alternate course lengths for two 18-hole options. While the courses attract experienced disc golfers from across the country, you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy the sport. The Morristown Disc Golf Association and area courses are great resources to learn more about the rules and connect players.

 

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Historic Downtown Morristown, listed on the National Register Historic Places, showcases the city’s past and present. Featuring the nation’s only overhead sidewalk system, the Skymart, the area is filled with quaint shops and boutiques, dining and entertainment options. Check out Crossroads Downtown Partnership for the latest events and offerings.

 

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Dine where the stars go at the Little Dutch Restaurant, which has attracted its fair share of stars for more than 80 years from golfing greats Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson to actors Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, whose parents live in the area. The Timeless Elegance Tea Room evokes the genteel ambiance of Southern charm. Though the menu does have traditional tearoom fare, you can also enjoy stick-to-you-ribs offerings like chicken and dumplings. There are plenty of casual options as well. Popular sandwich staples include Jersey Girl Diner with “to-die-for” burgers and the Redbud Deli with its incredible Panini selection. A stop at Hillbilly’s Cabin is a must for a big breakfast. And two of the area’s most popular coffeehouses, Java Garden and 60 Beans Coffee, brew up great hot drinks alongside a menu that’s perfect for a light meal or afternoon pick-me-up. If you’d like more information about planning a trip to Morristown, feel free to contact us at tourism@morristownchamber.com. We’d love to have you visit!

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