Windrock 51: Panther Rock

4.8/5 (5 reviews)
Oliver Springs, Tennessee (Anderson County)
Last Updated: 11/30/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Located in the northeast part of Windrock Park, Trail 51 takes you to a breathtaking overlook named Panther Rock. This namesake rock feature overlooking the surrounding mountains and Three Forks Hollow is the perfect offroad trail for a lunch picnic or a romantic dinner at sunset. Whether you visit for the views or the Jeep Badge of Honor designation, Panther Rock is a "must-do" Tennessee offroad trail.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Panther Rock has a combination of rock, gravel, hard dirt, soft rutty sections, and large mud holes. After a rain, the terrain will be muddy and slick, and the rocks will be slippery. This is a straight-through, 2.4-mile trail with several unnamed obstacles, including two mud pits, rutty hill climbs, and one small rock ledge. This trail is a high-end moderate trail, suitable for beginners and stock 4x4s with low range. Expect the trail to push the abilities of a stock vehicle, especially in wet weather. Moderately modified vehicles with at least 33" tires will have no problems traversing this trail.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (5 reviews)
Ryan Boudreau
Official Crew
80450
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Reading some of the reviews on the Badge of Honor app, I was expecting this trail to be pretty difficult. It was not at all as some people described, but still a fun trail, and the overlook is totally awesome! It definitely has some washout spots that are probably tricky when it's wet, but the park as a whole has tons of washouts that are tricky when wet. And the ruts/washouts along this trail are very mild in comparison to other trails closer to the general store. Out of all 3 Badge of Honor trail in Windrock, I would rate this one as the easiest in terms of difficulty and the second best for scenery.
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Ryan Boudreau
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Status: Open
Visited: 05/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We took G1 to 50 to get to 51, next time we will take Rt 116 and turn left onto 50 to cut 2 hours off the trail ride. The park has recently cut down alot of trees at the entrance and I lost my bearing for a minute. The right of the trail at the beginning is doable and then you have a bypass before the V notches or you can stay to the left down the obstacle. Made it to the Rock and it was amazing site for those that traveled days to wheel there.
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Esther Newcomb
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Esther Newcomb
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We visited in early spring and the trail had been washed out from the snow melt and rains. The Windrock employees had told us the trail was in rough shape and they were right. Regardless, we had a great ride and really enjoyed Panther Rock. Take your time and have a good spotter and even a stock Jeep can make it (they will need to bypass the difficult section).
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Ron Rogers
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Ron Rogers
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Brandon McCullough
Official Crew
2050
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/20/2019

This trail is great! Just technical enough to make it fun / challenging and the view is amazing!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/24/2019

This is a great Jeep Badge of Honor trail with awesome views. Unfortunately we had heavy rain our entire trip which made all trails much more difficult than they would have been dry. The clay turned to ice and made wheeling a little challenging, we were not able to drive down to Panther Rock due to wash out and slickness but we did walk down to enjoy the view. The normal run up the side of the trail once leaving Panther Rock was washed out heavy so we had to hill climb up the clay center section. If you are in a JL Rubicon once at the top there are 2 trees that are extremely narrow you have to fit through. Super fun trail regardless of the weather and would have been fairly easy if dry, we will be going back to complete Trail 16 this year (had to skip due to weather and trail conditions)
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Brian
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Brian
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