Escape to Doe River Gorge

Doe River Gorge is a place where you can leave the pressures and busyness of your world behind! Here, you can be inspired as you brave new challenges, experience fun and adventure, reorder priorities, cultivate friendships, and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Whether you’re in elementary school, navigating through life as a teenager, trekking through college, or seeking to engage your family, church, school, or company, Doe River Gorge is the refuge you’ve been looking for. Discover the place, the passion, and the programs of Doe River Gorge. It just might be your perfect escape.

Something for Everyone

kids splashing in river

Ages 7 through college will find a summer program that will be just the right fit, offering personal development, skills, encouragement, and plenty of fun and adventure that many have claimed to be "the best summer of my life!"
Now available...2019 summer camp DATES

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dayquest-family saturday fun

Saturday fun & adventure for all ages

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youth group cheering

Experiential Learning
600 acre classroom!

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footbridge over Doe River

Bring your group and relax in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee

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dad and son fishing

Weekend retreat for dads and sons - fun and adventure together

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What's happening at The Gorge...

church group workday at DRG
Johnson City Church Grooup Workday

Grace Fellowship Church of Johnson City, TN came with a wonderful group of 32 volunteers to help accomplish several important grounds maintenance projects...spraying sealer on the new blob deck, pressure washing walls and patios, spreading mulch in activity areas, lakeside weeding, road and walkway drainage, and more. (more photos)

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blob deck construction
New Blob Deck

Progress is complete on the new blob deck and back in use for the opening of Adventure Quest camps. Thanks to John Smith, local contractor and long-time friend and supporter of Doe River Gorge, for his help. Thanks also to Craig Young and Chris Little of Prosim Engineering, LLC for the engineering plans for the project. (more photos)

new passenger railcar
Railcars Arrive from Oklahoma

Two sightseeing passenger railcars will replace the aged-out wooded cars that have been in use for 17 years. Click here for story in the Johnson City Press. (more photos and video)

Depot floor tile project
New Depot Flooring

The Depot functions as the Outfitters Gift Shop as well as kitchen and serving area making it the most-used facility. A new ceramic floor has been installed that will serve for many years to come.

Crossroads Bible Church volunteers
Youth Group Volunteers

Seven high school teens from Crossroads Bible Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan and their youth pastor and wife Max and Chelsea Garter are spending their Spring Break helping us get ready for summer ministry.  A special THANKS to these awesome young people for driving 700 miles and giving a week of hard work for God's glory!

donated Yamaha golf cart
Yamaha Golf Cart Donated

Golf carts and small all-terrain vehicles are very useful. God has graciously provided a Yamaha gas-powered golf cart by donation from Mr. Tyler Clark in memory of his father, Mr. Earl Clark of Corbin, KY. Shown in the photo are: Terry Maughon (president), Ted Rich (former board member), and Ted's grandson, Owen Peterson.

Cara Wadley - new registrar
New Registrar-Cara Wadley

Cara graduated from Young Harris College in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. She is a native of Covington, Georgia. Her passion for ministry and people led her to work on summer staff as a counselor at Doe River Gorge for three summers after high school (2013-2014-2015) during her college years. That same passion led her back after college to work full-time. Cara joins the staff in the midst of camper registration activity. She will be the one to answer all your questions about signing up your children for "the best summer of their life!" She will also help schedule your group retreat or school field trip.

unimog with new paint
Unimog Painted

The Unimog (giant 4x4) was given a new paint job thanks to the generosity and expertise of Steve Wysong, a board member of Doe River Gorge Ministries. Steve owns Wysong Enterprises, a helicopter customization service, located at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. His customization service involves high-quality painting and Steve has provided his services to repaint several Doe River Gorge vehicles. THANK-YOU to Steve!

stone steps beside Mountain Meadows Lodge
Stone Steps

A stone stairway has been installed between Mountain Meadows Lodge and the huge oak used for the Technical Tree Climb. This attractive feature will provide safety on the much-used sloping terrain at the tree climb as well as seating for those waiting their turn at the popular activity. Again, a special thanks to John Maxwell for his valuable time and skills with his Bobcat trackhoe.