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Doe Mountain Recreation Area

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Other Names

Harbin Branch, Chimney Rock

Last Known StatusOpen

This off-road area has about 60+ miles of multiple-use trails that wind through heavily wooded mountains and rolling hills with scenic vistas. The trails are mostly hard packed and smooth, making it a good choice for beginners or those just looking for a relaxing ride. There are some single track trails but the terrain is narrow, rugged and steep, and is geared for experienced riders.

The trails are open daily, year-round from sunrise to sunset except during major holidays. The trailhead office is open from 8:30am-4:30pm but the gates are locked at 6pm. There is no fee charged to park at the trailhead office but a trail permit is required, which can be purchased online. Overnight parking is not permitted at the main office but camping with direct trail access can be found at R and D Campground. Cabin and lake house rentals can be found about 10 miles away. Guided ATV tours and rentals can be arranged by contacting Appalachians Outdoor Adventures.

Recent improvements include rebuilding Trail 15 back in October 2017 which provides access to Pioneer Village Shopping Center (near Mountain City). This town has multiple restaurants and a Marathon fuel station conveniently located near the trail.

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Permit RequiredYesDoe Mountain Recreation Pass
Dates OpenDaily 8:30am-6pm
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNotrails are open daily from sunrise to sunset
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size8,600 acres (13 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail60
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2700 to 3889 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis state forest has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (W)Exxon (423) 727-6589
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)Exxon (423) 727-9522
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SW)Roan Creek Campground (423) 768-0012
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SW)Roan Creek Campground (423) 768-0012
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SW)Roan Creek Campground (423) 768-0012
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (SW)Roan Creek Campground (423) 768-0012
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (W)Exxon (423) 727-6589


EntryYes ($5.00 per person)
day passenger permit
RidingYes ($25.00 per rider)
Annual Pass - $60


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityMountain City, TN
Address1203 Harbin Hill Road, Mountain City, TN 37863
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Johnson City, TN
1) Take US-321 East about 7 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto TN-37/US-19, continue 5 miles
3) Turn left (east) onto TN-67, US-321, continue 25 miles
4) Turn right (south) onto Harbin Hill Road, continue about 1 mile toward park entrance.


Contact InfoDoe Mountain Visitor Center
1203 Harbin Hill Road
Mountain City, TN 37863
(423) 460-1295
Contact InfoRoan Creek Campground
205 Morefield Road
Butler, TN 37640
(423) 768-0012
Contact InfoCreekside Chalet Log Cabin Rentals
(423) 768-2446
Commentcabin rentals
Contact InfoR&D Campground
900 Mining Town Road
Mountain City, TN 37683
(423) 534-4804
Contact InfoAppalachians Outdoor Adventures
(828) 297-1289
CommentGuided ATV tours and rentals.


Doe Mountain Trail Photo

Doe Mountain Recreation Area Trail

The views from the top of Kettlefoot FireTower offer some stunning views of the Roan Creek Valley. Photo Submitted 1/22/2014 (Thanks!)

Doe Mountain Trail Photo

Young girl sitting on Yamaha Grizzly ATV with Moose Racing hand guards on handlebars.

The trails are open daily, year-round. Photo Submitted 2/1/2015 (Thanks!)

Doe Mountain Trail Photo

A scenic view of rolling hills and mountains.

The rolling hills and Roan Creek Valley can be seen from the top of Doe Mountain. Photo Submitted 2/1/2015 (Thanks!)

Doe Mountain Trail Photo

Close up image of fire tower.

The Kettlefoot Fire Tower is located at the top of Doe Mountain. The tower is 60 feet high and has about 100 steps. Photo Submitted 2/1/2015 (Thanks!)

Doe Mountain Trail Photo

Photo of mature woman with scenic views of valleys, forest and hills taken from top of fire tower.

From the top of Kettlefoot Fire Tower you can even see North Carolina. Photo Submitted 6/10/2014 (Thanks!)

Doe Mountain Trail Photo

Photo of mature woman with scenic views of valleys, forest and hills taken from top of fire tower.

The Kettlefoot Fire Tower offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. Photo Submitted 6/10/2014 (Thanks!)

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