It began in 1996 as the Fall Openhouse. From 2005-11 it was the Fall Excursion with train rides into the gorge. The mid-October Sunday event grew into the Fall Family Fun Day from 2012-16 offering family-friendly activities and attractions, and in 2016 hosting the first annual Goliath at the Gorge race. This year, expanding to two days, the annual event began on Saturday morning with more than 350 runners in the Goliath at the Gorge race with summer-like conditions. The leaves were not as colorful as hoped for, but there was much to fill a day with great memories...including train rides through the gorge, funnel cakes, crafts, brick oven pizza, Unimog rides, bloomin' onions, horseback rides, climbing tower, games, and cotton candy, and more!
Dwight and Carol Martin are our SOWER volunteers working here during the month of October. Dwight and Carol are from Hendersonville, TN and have served as SOWERs for 12 years. They are a part of a long list of wonderful, energetic retirees who travel the country pulling their RVs (for some, their only home) doing service projects for hundreds of Christian organizations. Doe River Gorge has benefitted greatly over the years from countless hours of generous and valuable help of retired couples volunteering their time and skills.