Obed Wild & Scenic River

The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers and pioneers. Today, the Obed stretches along the Cumberland Plateau and offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

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Latitude: 36.106153 Longitude: -84.598453 Elevation: 1399 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

A variety of outdoor activities await you at the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Kayaking, canoeing, and rafting are popular seasonal activities. The 45 miles that comprise the river system includes whitewater runs that range from Class II to Class IV. Rock climbing and boulder climbing are also available at the park. Dozens of climbing routes ranging up to 200 feet in length are offered. 

For those who love to fish, the Obed is home to a variety of bass, bluegill, catfish, and muskie, among others.

Obed Wild and Scenic River also offers several different hiking trails at varying lengths throughout the park. Camping is offered at Rock Creek Campground, and picnic benches and grills are provided at the Nemo Picnic Area.

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Seasons Accessible

The Obed Wild and Scenic River is open year round for public use and enjoyment. 

The Visitor Center is located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg. The hours of operation are from 9:00-5:00 pm (Eastern time). The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. 

During work hours, you can contact the Obed Wild and Scenic River by phone at 423-346-6294.

Emergency local phone contact is 9-1-1, or 423-346-6262 (Morgan County Sheriff's Department).

How to Get There

The Visitor Center is located in Wartburg, Tennessee.

From the East
Take State Route 62 West, then veer to the right onto State Route 27. Make a left onto Kingston Street, and follow the brown Obed road signs to the visitor center on North Maiden Street.

From the West
Take State Route 62 East, then make a right onto State Route 27 South. Make a right onto Kingston Street, and follow the brown Obed road signs to the visitor center on North Maiden Street.

From the North
Follow State Route 27 South into Wartburg. Make a right onto Kingston Street, and follow the brown Obed road signs to the visitor center on North Maiden Street.

From the South
Follow State Route 27 North into Wartburg. Make a left onto Kingston Street, then follow the brown Obed road signs to the visitor center on North Maiden Street.

Fees

Visiting the Obed Wild and Scenic River is free for everyone. However, there is a $7 fee for those wishing to camp overnight at the Rock Creek Campground.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are allowed at the park.

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