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At Doe River Gorge, we won’t treat you as a guest…
You’ll become part of the DRG family.
I love working with guest group coordinators and giving them a truly personal touch. We believe in practicing good old-fashioned Southern hospitality here, and once you’ve held an event here, you’ll understand why groups return year after year – they've come to see it as home. Please give me a call to discuss how we can plan just the ideal lodging facility, meeting area, delicious meals, and adventurous activities that will give your group a truly memorable experience in a beautiful natural setting.

Custom Retreats

Churches, Businesses, Families, & Groups
(Available August - May)


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Experience the magnificent scenery, premier facilities, unique outdoor activities, excellent food, and warm hospitality that a retreat or outing at Doe River Gorge brings. Facilities are available during select times in the fall, winter, and spring.

The Endless Summer Get-A-Way Package is available from mid-August until the end of September. Your group can enjoy two nights lodging, meals, and all the adventure at the lake for a special low price.

It’s difficult to say which season is the best time to hold your customized retreat. In the fall, the Gorge bursts forth in a kaleidoscope of spectacular colors. Warm days are great for adventure activities and cool nights bring a welcome roaring fire.
Your event can be customized to include:
  • Lodging (up to 206 beds)
  • Fabulous meals
  • Meeting facilities, with excellent A/V equipment available
  • Adventure activities
  • Team Building initiatives
  • A narrated train ride through the majestic Doe River Gorge
  • Gifted speakers
  • Praise and worship leaders
  • Outdoor Education classes
Lodging and Meal Packages available
Winter ski retreats are a great weekend option with North Carolina mountain ski areas just a 45 minute drive away. In the spring, you’ll witness the property turn green once more and explode with flowering trees and bushes.
Playing fields, sand-court volleyball, 9-hole disc golf, hiking, octaball, tetherball, 9- square and 4-square and table games are available for your group’s recreation time at no additional fee. Our staff can also be scheduled to lead your group in team building or unique outdoor activities.

Day Quest Saturdays

Bring your family, group, or company for a day of fun and adventure!

...OPTION: Extend Day Quest to a full weekend with Endless Summer Get-Away more...
At only $20 per person (age 7 and under-free) for the entire day (10:00 - 4:30) Day Quest is the best bargain around for your family or group. Watch the WJHL TV feature

Included with Admission

Triple Water Zipline

Train Rides

The Blob


Sand Beach

Sand Volleyball

Water Basketball

Water Volleyball

Log Roll

Water Slide

Lily Pads

9-Square In The Air

Climbing Tower

Extra Cost Activities


$12 per ride. Ages 6 & up
(weight limit: 225 lbs)

Horse Riding

$20 1 hr ride / Ages 12 & up
(weight limit: 225 lbs)
LUNCH ... adult $9 (kids ages 7 & under: $5) Black Angus hamburger, pulled-pork barbecue, or chicken sandwich.
Includes: potato salad or chips, baked beans, cole slaw, cookie, lemonade or tea.
Business owners – Looking for a relaxing, fun company picnic that’s great for all ages? Consider holding this at Day Quest! Your group can enjoy privacy by renting the Big Top Tent for a delicious meal catered by our staff, as well as hold any meetings or presentations there – in between all the fun, that is! – same picture as basketball – please find a volleyball picture

** Dates and Reservations **
      Watch for 2020 dates

All persons whether minor or adult must have a signed Release Indemnification form
Minors (under age of 18) must have their parent's prior written consent on the Release Indemnification form
Pre-Arrival information (click here).

Field Trips and Outdoor Education

Programs for K-12

Bring your school group to wilderness-based experiences that will captivate your students with hands-on, experiential learning in the great outdoors. Classes are designed to support state educational standards.

Classic Field Trip (only $15 per student & teachers accompanying their class are FREE)

Bring your group on our classic field trip consisting of 4 one-hour periods that all take place in the great outdoors! This includes:

  1. Narrated Train Ride in the Gorge on the historic East TN, & Western NC railway that linked Johnson City, TN and Cranberry, NC. See native flora and unique rock formations!
  2. Group Games (DRG staffed) – Learn to work together wile having fun!
  3. Teacher-led Activities: Enjoy free time activities with you team including- Octaball, 9 Square in the Air, Volleyball, Ping Pong, Cornhole, Dodgeball, & Disc Golf.
  4. Adventure Activity OR Outdoor Education class (one activity or class based on the number of participants and age).
Lunch (optional) served during last two activity hours. Bring your own lunch or purchase $5 per person (hot dog, chips, cookie, drink)

Custom Field Trips (Call for pricing)

Customized field trips allow you to fully customize your stay, hand-pick your favorite classes, activities, and how long you stay.

  1. Identify your goals for your students, do you want your team to conquer fears, develop trust or strengthen communication? Call us to discuss your needs and we will tailor the field trip to meet your students needs.
  2. Choose how long you stay.
  3. Pick your activities and outdoor education classes.

Come Experience the magnificent scenery, premier facilities, unsurpassed activities, excellent food, and heart-warming hospitality of Doe River Gorge. Secluded from the outside world, it is the perfect destination for your groups.

Outdoor Education Classes: click for details  

  • Talk with Animals
  • Horse Studies
  • Decomposition
  • River Critters
  • Tree Detectives
  • Nature Hike
  • Incredible Invertebrates
  • Fire-Building
  • Outdoor Shelters

Activities led by DRG Staff (based on group size):

Included Amenities

  • Disc Golf
  • Ping Pong
  • 9 Square in the Air
  • 4 Square
  • Foosball
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Cornhole
  • Soccer
  • Tetherball
  • Octaball
  • Volleyball
"Our Students stated that the trip to Doe River Gorge was the best field trip they had ever attended. For weeks, the field trip at Doe River Gorge was all they talked about. At the end of the school year, we have a time when our students share what was most memorable about their school year and many of our students said going to Doe River Gorge was the best thing they did this year. I plan on bringing my students to Doe River Gorge as an annual event in the future. Thank you Doe River Gorge!"
-  Sarah
3rd grade teacher

All programs include access to our facilities & amenities including: hiking, disc golf, ping pong, octaball, volleyball, playing fields, 9-square-in-the-air.


If you can't make it to Doe River Gorge to meet our animals, we can bring them to you!
Our trained staff will travel to your location with 5-7 different species of animals for this one-hour "Talk with Animals" experience. Students get to encounter live, exotic reptiles, birds and mammals through hands-on interaction, instruction and discussion. Give students a chance to explore, value, and enjoy the natural world!

Father/Son Challenge

A weekend adventure for fathers & sons ages 8 and up

Save the 2020 date: Sept. 18-20, 2020

Father Son Challenge
$220 per person
  • Do you feel like you are failing as a father or you need to just reunite the father/son relationship? Come, experience a life-changing weekend that will change your father/son relationship forever."
    - Joseph, dad,
  • "This is the best family vacation I’ve ever had!"
    – Christian, son
    South Carolina
  • "Doe River Gorge is a place where you can escape the daily pressures of life and grow closer to your son and to God."
    - David, dad,
  • "I learned how much my Dad loves me."
    – Nate, son,
    North Carolina
  • "My son was 9 years old on our first Father/Son Challenge. Now he has become a man any father would be proud of, and I can say that our visits to Doe River Gorge have been an integral part of our relationship, my training as a father, and his formation as a Christian."
    - Digby, father,
Call 423.725.4010 for special youth group pricing
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