Doe Mountain is a multi-use family-oriented outdoor recreation area in the beautiful mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Doe Mountain is a range that runs approximately eight miles between the town of Mountain City, Tennessee and the headwaters of Watagua Lake, the highest lake in the TVA system. The recreation area contains approximately 8,600 acres of mostly forested land criss-crossed by miles of roads and trails built for the mining and logging activities that once took place on the mountain. These historical roads and trails are forming the backbone of the multi-use trail system that will be the centerpiece of Doe Mountain recreation. The State of Tennessee purchased Doe Mountain in May 2012 and established the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority (DMRA) to manage Doe Mountain. The DMRA is charged with preparing a master plan for Doe Mountain; conserving the land, waters, and wildlife of Doe Mountain; and fostering economic development through recreational opportunities on the mountain.
With the initial opening of Doe Mountain on November 9, 2013, we will have approximately 25-30 miles of trails open for OHV use. We are working to add equestrian and mountain biking in the Spring, at which time the majority of the trails are will be multi-use, meaning all users will be using common trails. The DMRA is hoping to expand the trail options and to develop some specific use trails over the next year.
We also hope to offer other recreational opportunities after input from the master planning process. The master planning process is currently underway and persons wishing information on the process or wishing to participate may do so through DoeMountainDestination on Facebook.
Doe Mountain will complement other local destinations, including the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the ski and golfing resorts of Western North Carolina, and Watagua Lake. We hope to appeal to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts, from beginners to the experienced. Long term success, however, will depend on funding, volunteers, and visitors who enjoy what Doe Mountain and upper East Tennessee have to offer. Please come, explore, and have a good time!