Doe Mountain Recreation Area works toward $1 million grant

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Outdoor tourism continues to prosper in Johnson County.  

The Doe Mountain Recreation Area is working toward a $1 million Recreational Trails Program (RTP)  

According to Tate Davis, Doe Mountain Recreation Area executive director, the DMRA has asked the Town of Mountain City to contribute $50,000 for the match money needed to obtain the grant.  

At this time, DMRA has put up $100,000 for the RTP. The Johnson County Commission voted to contribute $50,000 last week. 

“We would love for the town to also contribute for the project,” Davis said. “This can be such a key put of adventure tourism in our area. If they are no able to contribute money, will we cover the remaining $50,000 for the match. This is an opportunity we can’t pass up.”  

DMRA opened as a recreational area five years ago, and Davis says the support has been great from the community.  

But with the possibility of $1 million coming in, Davis says eyed improvements include new restrooms and fixing up trails, including one trail that connects Doe Mountain to Pioneer Village in Mountain City.  

Davis says the trail has been impacted by recent rains.  

DMRA has improved other historic element to Doe Mountain over the years. One improvement includes work to the Historic Kettlefoot Tower.  

Anyone wanting to learn more about the DMRA is invited to visit their office on Saturday at 2 p.m. for an open house.  

The DMRA main office is located on 1203 Harbin Hill Road in Mountain City.  

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