Doe River US 19 East at Buck Creek Confluence to US 19 East Bridge in Elizabethton

Crabtree, North Carolina

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The Doe flows off Roan Mountain, through the town of the same name, and cuts through the spectacular Doe River gorge on its way to join the Watauga in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The gorge, between Fork Mountain on the south and Cedar Mountain on the north, is 800 to 1,000 feet deep. There are several outstanding rock formations, the most prominent being Flagpole Point, jutting out sharply on the right, and Pardee Point, rising high on the left. A small-gauge railroad, where the original “Tweetsie” of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina ran, makes it fairly easy to scout the gorge on foot. In fact, this is recommended in order for one to fully appreciate the rugged beauty. A hike down the gorge is highly recommended for those who haven’t the skill to paddle it.

Doe River: US 19 East at Buck Creek Confluence to US 19 East Bridge in Elizabethton Professional Review and Guide

"The Doe flows off Roan Mountain, through the town of the same name, and cuts through the spectacular Doe River gorge on its way to join the Watauga in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The gorge, between Fork Mountain on the south and Cedar Mountain on the north, is 800 to 1,000 feet deep. There are several outstanding rock formations, the most prominent being Flagpole Point, jutting out sharply on the right, and Pardee Point, rising high on the left.

A small-gauge railroad, where the original “Tweetsie” of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina ran, makes it fairly easy to scout the gorge on foot. In fact, this is recommended in order for one to fully appreciate the rugged beauty. A hike down the gorge is highly recommended for those who haven’t the skill to paddle it."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Crabtree
Distance: 22.7
Elevation Loss: 171 feet
Duration: 4 sections that take 14.5 hours to paddle
Class: Class II-V
Local Maps: White Rocks Mountain, Iron Mountain Gap, Elizabethton (TN) (USGS); Carter (TN) (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Doe River: US 19 East at Buck Creek Confluence to US 19 East Bridge in Elizabethton

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May 2018