Published: November 29, 2012 Updated: 11/30/12 8:11 AM

Doe Mountain Trails - Doe Mountain Tennessee








Doe Mountain Trails is a new project in Johnson County of Northeast Tennessee.  

In May 2012, the Tennessee State Government approved the purchase of 8,600 acres of wooded Southern Appalachian / Southern Blue Ridge mountain range for a total of $8.8 million. For more information on this land acquisition, you can read the full text of theDoe Mountain Recreation Authority Act of 2012 or see our round-up of Doe Mountain Trails news articles below.

Doe Mountain will be managed by the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority.  Both local and state government have joined with the Nature Conservancy in this effort as well.

The land is a former Wild Life Management Area that was sold off in 2006 (see the federal documentation here) to private developers, Doe Mountain Investment, LLC and Doe Mountain Development, LLC, for the purpose of creating a high end residential community.  It was purchased at this time (March of 2006) for $14 million. However, with the death of its founder, Charles Osborne, and hard economic times, the development failed resulting in the land being foreclosed. Doe Mountain was at risk for being clear-cut or strip-mined. As of May, the land has finally been purchased by the Tennessee State government for use as a multi-purpose recreation area.

 Doe Mountain contains many miles of pre-existing trails. Planned uses include horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV-ing and UTV-ing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, rappelling, camping and spelunking.