Family Camp Getaway
Summer Camp for the entire family!
- Race family members down the triple water ziplines, get catapulted bythe blob, go horseback riding, fish in the Doe River, hike the Gorge, roast marshmallows, and much more!
- Bunk in an authenticrailcar, ariverfront cabin, inCedar MountainorMountain Meadows Lodge… or bring your own RV or tent.
- Choose from a 2 to 6 night stay to fit your schedule and budget.
- All food, lodging, and activities included in one low price. For about the cost of sending two kids to camp, your entire family can enjoy a week at Family Camp Getaway.
Call 423.725.4010 for more information and registration
Questions & Answers
What are the available dates (2 Night Minimum)?
- Friday-Thursday, July 24th-30th
- Monday-Saturday, Aug 3rd-8th
Is it necessary to pre-register?
Is it necessary to pre-order meals?
No, your meals are already a part of your All-Inclusive Package Price.
Can Special Diets be accommodated?
Yes, they can be accommodated but it requires at least 1 week prior notice & there may be an extra fee depending on the need. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free (other allergens too), & Vegetarians.
What time is Check-in & Check-out?
On your chosen arrival day, check-in for your lodging is available starting at 3:00PM at the Outfitters Gift Shop. You’ll need to vacate your lodging on the day of your departure by 11AM
What if we can’t arrive at 3:00PM for Check-in?
Check-in is between the hours of 3:00-6:00PM, you will need to make special arrangements for arrival outside of these hours.
What is the weather policy for Family Camp Getaway guests?
In the event of lightning, the lake & activities will close 30 minutes after the storm has passed. As soon as the weather passes we’ll resume with the programmed activities. If/when it’s lightning, high winds, &/or Heavy Rain there are not options to continue activities. With the nature of our outdoors setting where we don’t have indoor facilities. So, just think of it as a forced time to take an Adventure Nap!
Must minors under 18 be accompanied by a parent or guardian?
Yes, all minors must have a parent or guardian present with them during this program. Be sure to have prior parental or legal guardian consent on our Hold Harmless Agreement Form before arrival. Adults must also fill in & sign the Hold Harmless Agreement Form.
Can we prepare our own meals?
Keep in mind that you’ve paid for your meals as part of the program. No refunds will be given for meals.
What about alcohol?
We have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol on our property. Thanks for your compliance in this area!
Is smoking allowed?
We are a non-smoking facility. Thank you!
Are there any extra costs?
All necessary costs will be upfront at the time of registration. All registrations will include all lodging, meals, & activities. Additional costs for the following activities (optional) including but not limited to Guided Tubing Trips, Horseback Trail Rides, UNIMOG Rides, Guided Fishing Excursions, Skeet Shooting, Riflery, & Crafts. Both the Outfitters Gift Shop & the Sidetrack Café are both retail stores that require various additional costs depending on what you purchase. Nightly S’mores packets can be purchased at the Outfitters for the nightly bonfire.
What activities are available/included? Restrictions? Additional Fee:
- The Lake – Beach w/ Zero depth entry
- The Train or Speeder Car Rides
- River Play, Discovery, & River Rock Facepaint
- Animal Encounters
- Guided Hikes
Ages 3 & Up
- Horse Experience – Grooming, painting, & mounted hand-led.
- Crafts (Basic crafts are included while Advanced crafts like Tie Dye, etc. include a fee.)
- Tree Swing
- The Lake – +Waterslide & The Rolling Log
- Knot Tying
- Learn to Fish
Ages 7 & Up
- Rock Climbing Wall (325lb)
- Rappelling (325lb)
- River Snorkeling – includes River Play
- The Leap & Double Leap of Faith (275lb)
- Technical Tree Climbing (325lb)
- Whitewater Inner tubing the Lower Doe
- Via Dolorosa – Dynamic Challenge Course (325lb)
- Hand-Led Horseback Rides (225lb) – includes Lassoing & Horse Experience
- The Lake – +Blob, Water landing Zipline (275lb), Lillypad Crossing, & Inflatables.
- 22 Rimfire Riflery (25 rounds) – $7
- Innertubing the Lower Doe – $10
- The UNIMOG (225lb) – $6
- Crafts – Varies from $3-10
- Guided Fishing – $10
Ages 11 & Up
- The Way w/ Rappel – Static Challenge Course (325lb)
- Skeet Shooting – $10
- Innertubing the Upper Doe – $10
- Horseback Trail Ride (225lb) – $10
Are there activities we can do on our own?
You better believe it! Here’s the short list…
- Game Patio; Ping Pong, Foosball, Chess, Corn Hole, King Kubb, Connect Four, Giant Jenga®, Disc Golf Putting, Athletic Equipment for Soccer, Football, Ultimate, Volleyball, Octoball, 4-Square, Family Board Games, & 9-Square.
- 9-Square in the Air
- Hammock Village
- Sandcourt Volleyball
- Fishing. You supply the permit (13&up) & we supply the equipment at the Outfitters Gift Shop.
- Disc Golf
- Bring your own bike to bike on property or go to the adjoining Hampton Watershed MTB Trails.
- River Play
- Outfitter Gift Shop & Sidetrack Cafe
What evening activities are available?
Our evening environment fully embraces the heart of summer! Whether it’s spent with an ice cream cone in hand under the lights at the Sidetrack Café serenated by the frogs at the lake, fireside roasting marshmallows, or crafting at the Depot; we’re confident you’ll find the right space for you & your family to share all the highlights of your day. Special events like competitions, themed dinners, & specialty activities may also be available.
Do we have to participate in all of the activities?
You can choose to participate in as much or as little as you would like. Please feel the freedom to only participate in the activities & events that you need for your family.
Can we (family) split up & do different activities?
There will be lots of organized activities that will be available to everyone.
Can we fish in the river or lake?
We do have fishing equipment that can be checked out of the Outfitters Gift Shop. Both rod & reel and fly fishing equipment are available for the river or to go to nearby Watauga Lake or River. Unfortunately, we do not allow fishing in our lake. Keep in mind that all State Laws regarding fishing need to be obeyed & we’ll need to see a current fishing license with a trout stamp (river only) for anyone 13 years of age or older.
Will there be childcare available?
Unfortunately, we won’t be providing childcare
Does my family need to pack bed linens?
We do recommend that you bring your own linens from home. Although, we understand the stress of leaving home & will provide your linens in the event of them being forgotten. In the event that we provide your linens there will be an upcharge of $14 per linen bundle. Pillows are not available.
What if there is an emergency & we have to leave?
In the case of a personal emergency, we ask that you call our office to let them know you are vacating your room. If this call is being made outside our office hours (M-F, 9-5PM) you can call our Doe River Gorge emergency extension (423.725.4010 ext.345) or leave a voicemail.
Can we bring a baby crib?
Yes. Doe River Gorge doesn’t own any cribs so you’ll definitely need to bring your own if you need one.
Will there be others sleeping in our room?
No. Each family will be housed in their own private room w/ on-suite bathrooms unless you choose to register as one family. Families can choose to be housed in the cabins together but will still have their own private room within it. The Small Cabins can be split into 2 rooms w/ 4 beds in one & 6 in the other. The Large Cabin can be split into 4 rooms in the same configuration.
Are there “quiet hours” to accommodate our sleeping habits?
Yes! From lights-out to morning rise-n-shine. Usually 10PM-7AM.
Can we bring a tent?
Absolutely! In the registration process let Donna know & for $35 a night you can book one of our tent sites or non-hookup RV sites which both have access to a fully equipped bathhouse. The tent sites are located right on the
river & are less than .2 miles from the unloading/loading area which you’ll have to walk/cart your supplies in from.
Can we bring our RV/camper?
Absolutely! In the registration process with Donna you can choose a $50 a night RV site which have full hookup service or for $35 you can use one of our no hookup sites.
Can I sleep in my Eno?
ENO’s are great to bring & hang outside. If you choose to sleep there then Sweet Dreams!
Can we bring our dog(s), alligator(s), or other pets?
We do love dogs but ask that you please leave them at home. Alligators & other pets too please!
Can we bring fireworks?
Unfortunately, no. Our insurance does not allow participants to do that.
Will we need extra money?
We have our Outfitters Gift Shop & a Sidetrack Café where you can purchase all kinds of fun Doe River Gorge products & goodies like hats, t-shirts, candy, drinks, ice cream, S’mores Kits, Crafts, & Hawaiian Ice.
Do you have medical staff on hand?
If you have a medical emergency please dial 911. At activities our staff have limited Medical Supplies available for your convenience. Additionally, the majority of our staff are trained in First Aid & CPR. A Walk-in Clinic is located within 2 miles & a hospital is within 10 miles.
Are you equipped for people with special needs?
We’ll do everything that we can to accommodate any special needs, although our facility & activities do not have ramps or paths for wheelchairs.
Are laundry facilities available?
No laundry facilities available.
What about payment?
Due to the brief amount of time between reservations and the start of your Family Camp Getaway experience, payment in full is required at the time of registration. Credit or debit cards can be accepted over the phone, or you may mail in a check. Your reservation fee is non-refundable; exceptions to this will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with rescheduling and transferring your fee to a different date or event being the only alternative offered by DRG.
What meals are included?
Dinner on your night of arrival through lunch on your day of departure. (Even though you need to be checked out of your room or camp site at 11:00am, as a bonus to your family, we are giving you lunch on your day of departure!)
Can we leave tips to help support the summer staff students?
Tips would be a great encouragement for the Summer Staff Students. We’re proud of them and their commitment to serve! Some are volunteering and some raise financial support for summer ministry.