Windrock 51: Panther Rock

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4.8/5 (7 reviews)
Oliver Springs, Tennessee (Anderson County)
Last Updated: 06/06/2023
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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.

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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 (7)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Recent rain had this trail in a very sticky, sloppy mess but we had loads of fun! I had no issues getting down and back up again from the rock in my JKUR on 32s. Some of the lines up and down the hill however do get precariously close to some of the trees so do choose your lines wisely. I would say that the difficulty assessment is pretty accurate for wet weather and believe it would be much easier if everything were dried out. The hardest part for me and my friend also in a JKUR was choosing a line back up that didn't want to push our doors into a tree.
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Michael Johnson
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail is amazing with awesome obstacles and views. Modified Jeep highly recommended. I had trouble finding the trailhead- so here is what I can offer: from Oak Ridge, find New River road and head North to 4262-4298 New River; this puts you at trail Windrock G50. It’s in the right. Take this up to a clearing where you can air down. From there you go hard right up an incline with lots of washout- high clearance is a must! Take this all the way to Windrock trail 89- you’ll turn right. Take this all the way down to where this trail ends, it’s at the bottom where there is a trail forward and a trail hard right almost behind you. Take the hard right. Follow this all the way down until you see the yellow trail 51 sign on the right. Take this into your first obstacle- a mud pit. Once through, take the trail to the right to Coal County Road- this will bring you out to Slatestone road. Coal county is an easy, hard packed trail. Prior to eating to Slatestone- there is a great place to air up. Happy trailing fellow Jeepers!
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Shaun Johnson
Trail Review: Windrock 51: Panther Rock - Shaun Johnson
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/10/2022

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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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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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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