Explore the most popular trail running trails in Cherokee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice hike on old railbed. This trail offers views of the gorge, railway tunnels, wildflowers, the sound of gushing Doe River along the way. Well kept by owners.

Probably one of the best views you will ever see with such easy access and limited amount of people. Forms aren't a big deal. The trail just shows a different view of the world.

Relatively easy hike with beautiful views of the lake and mountains.

Really enjoyed hiking with friends here. We were blown away with the views: Gorge, river, railroad, all under snow was truly awesome. We will be back soon. Ang out.

Perfect hiking weather. Great company. Trail had snowy patches but overall clear.

Nice trail. Be sure to wear good shoes since the railroad gravel can be a little rough on your feet. There are some amazing views of the river below, but not too many easy paths to get to it.

11 months ago

This was one of the few bad experiences I've ever had while hiking. The trail was so overgrown and poorly blazed that I spent a good part of the day wondering if I was lost. The logging areas only add to the confusion. The last mile or so before the summit is so thick with Stinging Nettle that I wouldn't try this hike without gaiters or long pants. On the positive side this trail does offer a good workout!!!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Except for the forestry work on the lower section this is a beautiful trek up Holston Mtn.

Closed to the public during the summer. Very disappointing after driving to get here

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Friday, April 21, 2017

This trail is best taken down from Holston Mtn, it is pretty steep on the ascent. It does offer some good views in the spring/fall when the leaves are down. There is a small waterfall to enjoy and several stream crossings.

On the upper end, a logging/forest road bed has obliterated part of the trail. I have added waypoints to mark the intersections of the trail and the old road bed. The upper parts are also lesser defined and take some imagination to follow. Good news is the trail is easily recovered if you are following the uploaded route.

The upper part of the trail intersects the southwest ridge of Holston Mtn. You will need to extend your hike from the Holston Mtn west trail along the ridge. For some distance there is a lightly used trail on the ridge, then it intersects with an old road bed. Big Arm descends to the right just past a metal forest park notice on a tree (I stacked some rocks there as well.)

The lower end connects with a closed ATV trail shortly before reaching Big Creek Rd. If descending, turn left on that trail to reach Big Creek Rd.

Rails, trails, rocks, rivers, and some history lessons. That's just the short list of things that make Doe River Gorge great.

Loved it! tunnels, railroad tracks, creeks, bridges, interesting objects. Lots of variety on this trail :-)

Pets apparently are not actually allowed abd you must submit a form to hike to the christian ministries that owns the land.

The out and back trail follows 2.5 miles of the old narrow gauge Tweetsie rail line that used to run over the mountains between Johnson City, TN and Cranberry, NC. The trailhead is located at a Christian campground...visitors are welcome during the fall, winter and spring when the camp is not being used. There are wonderful views of the gorge for most of its length. It also passes through two old railroad tunnels. The trail has both mountain beauty and history.

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