Doe River Gorge

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Trail Name Doe River Gorge
Nearest City Hampton
State Tennessee
Trail Marking None
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Difficulty Rating Easy
Hiking Time 3 Hours
Distance, round-trip 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 230 Feet
High Point 2255 Feet
Latitude 36°16′01.6″N
Longitude 82°10′24.6″W
Nearest Medical Elizabethton, TN
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Trail Overview

Easy 5 mile round trip hike following an old railroad through two tunnels. Views of towering cliffs, stream, and forest.

How to get there

From Kingsport, TN:

  1. Head south on I-26 to Exit 24 (Elizabethton).
  2. Proceed on US321 for eight miles into town.
  3. Turn right at traffic light to stay on US321 heading south.
  4. After six miles, enter driveway for Doe River Ministries. (Note: very small direction sign in highway median.)
  5. Park by the red caboose.

Trailhead is behind and between the sleeping cabooses and swimming area.

Route Description

The route is very simple - follow the railroad bed up to the former truss bridge and back.

Distance Doe River Gorge Trail
0.0 mi Trailhead by rail switch.
0.1 First tunnel.
0.9 Dirt spur trail heads left and downhill to lower zipline platform by river. Do not take per visitors' agreement.
1.0 Second tunnel.
2.0 Orange sign for end of trail travel.
2.5 End of hiking trail at former truss bridge - DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS!

Typical Conditions

Wide and settled gravel railroad bed with small changes in grade, thus easy path. The one side is a steep drop down to Doe River, thus small children will need to be watched.

Fees, Permits, etc.

Permission to hike the trail must be obtained prior to the trip from Doe River Gorge Ministries Tel: (423) 725-4010
Each person (or family) will need to fill out and sign a visitor release form, which is then dropped off in the train mail box at the front of the offices.

After the Hike

Elizabethton has several places to enjoy for dinner.

Misc. Information

Per their visitation policy:
NO SMOKING
NO PETS
NO MINORS ALONE
HIKING ON RAILROAD BED ONLY
NO THROWING ROCKS AT ANY TIME - which may be a challenge given the river runs right along the gravel railroad bed

Maps


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Photos

Wildflower Gallery - Peak time to visit might be early to middle May.