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Hike of the Month: Panther Creek State Park

The Lost Road Trail at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., makes for a moderately difficult 2.3-mile hike Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The trail is also shared by mountain bikers. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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The Lost Road Trail at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., makes for a moderately difficult 2.3-mile hike Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The trail is also shared by mountain bikers. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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  • Park manager John LeCroy hikes along the Point Lookout Trail above Cherokee Lake at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The 1.9 mile loop trail is a moderately difficult one with panoramic views of Cherokee Lake. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The Lost Road Trail at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., makes for a moderately difficult 2.3-mile hike Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The trail is also shared by mountain bikers. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Park manager John LeCroy, right, and Tim Waites with the Five Rivers Cycling Club hike along the 2.3-mile Lost Road Trail at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The trail parallels Cherokee Lake, seen here in the background, for much of the hike. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The 2.3-mile Lost Road Trail is well marked with white blazes at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • In the winter with the leaves down, hikers can see the shape of the land as it stretches away from the 2.3-mile Lost Road Trail at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The 2.3-mile Lost Road Trail is well marked with white blazes at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • As hikers near the end of the Lost Road Trail, hikers will travel along a series of short switchbacks before reaching the parking area near the Spoone Shelter at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The trailhead for the 1.9-mile Point Lookout Trail can be found off of the main park road at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The 1.9-mile Point Lookout Trail features a pavilion and viewing area with views of Cherokee Lake at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Part of the Point Lookout Trail will pass down a gravel road before making a right turn at the main park road at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. After making the right turn to continue along the trail just before reaching the main park road, hikers will have a short climb to the trailhead to finish the hike. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • After traveling a short distance along a gravel road on the Point Lookout Trail, hikers will make a right turn here to continue along the trail at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Signage points the way on the Point Lookout Trail at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The last stretch of the Point Lookout Trail travels through a grassy area before climbing up to the trailhead at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The Point Lookout Trail offers views of Cherokee Lake from a high vantage point on the trail at Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

January 2013's Hike of the Month follows two trails in Panther Creek State Park near Morristown, Tenn. The 1.9-mile Point Lookout Trail and 2.3-mile Lost Road Trail are both moderate to difficult with views of Cherokee Lake.

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