Welcome to our new website and thank you for your interest in Doe Mountain Recreation Area

Welcome to our new website and thank you for your interest in Doe Mountain Recreation Area, located just outside the aptly-named town of Mountain City, Tennessee. Our website is only one of many exciting additions planned for 2018.

Before turning to those new additions, I think it important to recognize that Doe Mountain Recreation Area remains a park under construction. Our trail system is not complete and will not be finished in 2018. Nor have we finished adding infrastructure to our park. For those asking “when are you going to add…”, the answer is as finances allow and, more importantly, when we have sufficient personnel to both build and maintain new projects. DMRA currently has one full time Director, one part-time employee and one part-time contractor focused on administrative work. Much of what you see on the ground has been accomplished by this very small group, some terrific contractors and a core group of highly dedicated volunteers.

This Spring we will complete major improvements to trail navigation by installing better trail markers at intersections, placing informative kiosks at key points, adding mileposts along our primary multiuse trails and erecting signs identifying points of interest. All Multiuse trails have been marked with difficulty ratings to help OHV operators identify the trails most suitable to their driving skills. Our trail maps have also been updated and display the most challenging points on our trail system.

OHV riders will find we have extended Trail 15 to a direct connection with Main Trail 1 near Harbin Hill.  Trail 15 now features an easier, wider traffic corridor far more suitable for UTV (side by side) traffic.  These changes allow many more visitors to safely reach Pioneer Village Shopping Center, where fuel and food are available. While we hope the Town of Mountain City will eventually become “ATV Friendly,” we are very grateful the owner of Pioneer Village has given our visitors access to the property. Please understand that Pioneer Village is not a trailhead, so unloading is prohibited there.

During Summer 2018, we will be extending and rebuilding Trail 16 to accommodate growing UTV traffic.  The entire corridor will be widened and the extension will complete a loop connection with Main Trail 1 higher up Doe Mountain.  Multiuse Trail 13 will also be built and run from Main Trail 1 through a scenic valley before turning to connect with the “Powerline Trail” (11) midway between our Harbin Hill Trailhead and the outskirts of Mountain City.

Hikers and bikers will not be left out by our new construction.  Hiking Trail 14 will be extended to connect with a new hiking/biking path linking the Adventure Center at Harbin Hill with the historic Kettlefoot Fire Lookout Tower high atop Doe Mountain.  Almost four miles of hiking and biking trails will be created, expanding options for exploring our rugged mountain wilderness.  A scenic bridge over Harbin Creek will connect our non-motorized trails into a single unified system.

Over the next few months we plan to open several short pedestrian paths to interesting points on the property. Additional picnic tables will offer more opportunities to kick back and relax during your visit.

Finally, we’ve been busily adding single track trails on Doe Mountain.  In late November 2017, we opened Trail M1, linking Multiuse Trails 15 and 17.  Since then, our volunteer trail builders have been hard at work on several new segments.  When linked, these trails will offer serious riders a challenging and continuous single track experience.

Trail improvements are just one component of the construction we have planned during 2018.  The Kettlefoot Fire Lookout Tower will be renovated and we will finally break ground on restrooms at our Harbin Hill Trailhead, complemented by more parking.  At Harbin Hill, we’ll be working with our outfitting partner, Appalachians Outdoor Adventures (AOA), to redevelop an ATV practice course suitable for first-time riders opting for a guided tour experience. AOA also provides guided horseback tours of the mountain.

Now that I’ve updated you on improvements coming to Doe Mountain, I hope you’ll pardon any inconveniences you may encounter over the next few months.  We will be working hard to minimize those as we build out our park to capitalize on a unique adventure here in scenic Northeast Tennessee.  Mountain City was recently listed as one of the top trail towns in Northeast Tennessee, in part due to the close proximity to our expanding trail system. As projects are completed, you’ll see them featured on our new website, on our Facebook page and on YouTube. There are a ton of YouTube videos available online, some more recent than others, for vicarious exploration of the trails before visiting Doe Mountain Recreation Area in person.

I hope you’ll find Doe Mountain Recreation Area continuing to evolve and improve this year. Nearby attractions include Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, Virginia Creeper Trail, Tweetsie Trail, Grayson Highlands State Park, Bristol Caverns, New River, Nolichucky River, Watauga Lake, South Holston Lake, Appalachian Ski mountain, Hawksnest, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad. Factored together, there are only a handful of places in America offering so much year-round outdoor adventure within an hour’s drive.

Again, thanks for visiting our website for Doe Mountain, Tennessee and we look forward to seeing you “out on the trail!”


Tate Davis – DMRA Executive Director

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Doe Mountain
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1203 Harbin Hill Road
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