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Tennessee whitewater, Doe River

Carter county, Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4.6 miles
  The average Tennessee whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The beautiful scenery of Carter County and the water flowing gracefully down Doe River will make you feel great. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.
    Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road stretch is one of many
paddling stretches in this river system. The Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road stretch of Doe River in Tennessee is 4.6 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Johnson City, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This  
is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
A delightful place like Sycamore Shoals State Park right next door to Doe River is too great to leave out, and this is a popular spot for people from Roan Mountain. A trip to Doe River wouldn’t be complete without a spree to close by Roan Mountain State Park; a magnificent site close by is Johnson Hollow. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Going for a hike on the Laurel Fork Trail is always a nice adventure. Summertime highs at Doe River mostly tend to be in the 80's.

Doe River, Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Doe River.
 Whitewater Near Doe River:
Doe River, Carter County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.6 miles long (Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road)
Doe River, Carter County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Blevins Bridge on Bear Cage Road to Highway 19E bridge)
Doe River - Laurel Fork, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Dennis Cove to Hampton)
Doe River, Carter County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Hampton to Elizabethton)
Watauga, Carter/ Washington County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.6 miles long (Watauga Reservoir to Boone Lake)
Elk River, Carter County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (Route 2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills)
Elk River, Avery (NC)/Carter (TN) County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee)
Elk River, Carter and Avery County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Big Falls to Poga Rd)
North Toe River, Avery County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E)
Elk River, Avery County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.4 miles long (Route 1326 to Route 1305)
 Ski Areas Near Doe River:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 16 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 20 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 31 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 31 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 77 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Doe River:
Lakeshore Marina, Hampton , 5 miles away
Fish Springs Marina, Hampton , 6 miles away
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 12 miles away
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 13 miles away
Lake View Dock, Bristol , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Doe River:
Americourt Hotel-Mountain City, Mountain City , 6 miles away
Americourt Hotel Elizabethton, Elizabethton , 15 miles away
Jackalope's Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk , 16 miles away
Beech Mountain Inns, Banner Elk , 17 miles away
Quality Inn Johnson City, Johnson City , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Doe River:
Moreland Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Roan Mountain, 1 miles away
Dennis Cove Campground, Carter County, 2 miles away
Black Bear Resort, Hampton, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Doe River:
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 3 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 3 miles away
Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 5 miles away
Little Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 6 miles away
Stone Mountain Trail, Carter , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Doe River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 46 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 2 miles away
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Tennessee , 9 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Doe River:
Elizabethton Golf Course, Elizabethton , 13 miles away
Buffalo Valley Golf Course, Unicoi , 15 miles away
Mt. Mitchell Golf Club, Burnsville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Doe River
Watauga Lake, Carter , 6 miles away
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 16 miles away
South Holston Lake, Sullivan , 17 miles away

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