Hike and Fish the Doe River Gorge

Occasionally, access on the property is not permitted due to private guest groups.  Please call 423.725.4010 before coming to hike or fish.

Check-in procedure (hiking and fishing)

1- Park in the office parking area

2- Read instructions at office porch kiosk

3- Open kiosk for sign-in forms

4- Fill in blue insurance waiver and put in mail slot above kiosk

5- Fill in blue vehicle day-hiker tag and place on vehicle dashboard

6- Visitor stick-on tags for each in your party


Restrooms in lower level building next to tent.

Hiking Orientation

Trail is the railway of the historic ET&WNC Railroad.

The trail is considered an “easy” hike.

From the kiosk access the trail from the far left end of the office complex and the steps which lead to a the railroad tracks.  Follow the tracks through the tunnel for an unforgettable hike into the Doe River Gorge.

From tunnel #1 to tunnel #2 it’s 6/10 mile.

Immediately before #2 tunnel is a trail spur to the river (2/10 mi.) – easy walk through a rhododendron tunnel.

From tunnel #2 to the trestle bridge 1.7 mi.

DANGER!  Trestle bridge not safe for crossing!

railroad trestle over Doe River

Fishing Orientation

The Doe River is stocked annually. TN fishing license required as all TN waterways are state property, even when they flow through private property.

There are two river access methods for fishing:

1) From RR tracks – trail from just before 2nd tunnel (see hiking guide), or at extreme end of property, where river can be accessed by rather steep trail to the right of the trestle bridge.

2) From base camp – follow roadway between railcars toward river about 50 yards, and right on trail to footbridge

At bridge

a) turn left and follow trail along river for multiple still water pools…fish from riverbank or in river with waders. End of easy access along river is about 50 yards past the gazebo.

b) cross the footbridge and follow road to left to end (100+ yards) where road enters river (easy access with waders).

c) cross the footbridge and follow road to right, past 3 cabins on right, and continue on trail to river… multiple pools accessible from path along bank or with waders as desired. Trail follows river for approx. 1/2 mile.