Virtual Real Estate Solutions : The Obed River in Crossville TN

The Obed River in Crossville TN

The Obed River is a stream draining a part of the Cumberland Plateau. It is located in Morgan and Cumberland County and brings many white water enthusiasts to our area.

The Obed River rises in Cumberland County and is bridged by Highway 70 between downtown Crossville and the municipal airport.. It meets the confluence with the Little Obed River near the bridge on Highway 70 North and an abandoned railroad bridge which was formerly a part of the rail system linking Nashville and Knoxville.

Under the Tennessee Wild and Scenic Rivers Act the mouth of the Obed River has been designated as a " Wild and Scenic River ". During high periods of flow it is known for it's premier whitewater stream.

The Obed River Park has over 45 miles of creeks and rivers including "Daddy's Creek", "Clear Creek" and the "Emory River". The waterways have cut rugged gorges with bluffs as high as 500 feet above the whitewater in the streams.

Outdoor recreation such as whitewater boating, rock climbing, hiking and fishing are popular seasonal activities at the Obed River.

Communities Surrounding Obed Wild & Scenic River
Lancing, TN
Wartburg, TN
Deer Lodge, TN
Sunbright, TN
Petros, TN
Coalfield, TN
Elgin, TN
Robbins, TN
Oliver Springs, TN
Harriman, TN
Rugby, TN
Grimsley, TN
Kingston, TN
Clarkrange, TN
Allardt, TN
Rockwood, TN
Crossville, TN
Lone Mountain, TN
Crab Orchard, TN

The history of the Obed Wild and Scenic River traces back many centuries. Today, the scenery still looks much the same as it did before America became a nation. This fact makes it easy for us to imagine what life around the river must have been like for the Native people and the early pioneers.

Operating Hours & Seasons

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River is open year around.
  • Visitor Center hours of operation 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. seven days a week.

How the river became a National Park Service site in 1976 and artifacts are on exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center.

How much does it cost to visit the Obed Wild and Scenic River?

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

What is there to see at the Obed Wild and Scenic River?

Most people come to see the river itself.  You can go up to the river's edge at various locations within the 45-mile stretch of the river property that is owned by the National Park Service. Hiking is permitted along the Lilly Bluff Overlook trail and viewing the river from a boardwalk overlook that is over 200 feet above the river. Others like to fish along the river. 

Where can I obtain a Tennessee fishing license?

Fishing licenses can be purchased at the following below locations:

  • Mossy Grove Market, 1705 Morgan County Highway in Wartburg
  • Brushy Mountain Market, Route 62 in Petros
  • Tiger Food Mart, 8110 Morgan County Highway in Sunbright
  • Morgan County Courthouse, 415 Kingston Street in Wartburg
  • Any Walmart location in Tennessee

When is the best time to paddle the river? 

The Obed enjoys its best paddling seasons in the Spring (March to May) and the Fall (October and November).  The summer is usually the most difficult time to paddle, as the river's water levels are too low to sustain a minimum whitewater current.

Where are the Obed's best rock-climbing routes located?

The Obed's best rock-climbing routes are located along the bluff adjacent to Lilly Bridge.  A short and steep trail leads to most of the more popular climbing routes.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsMelissa Grant • September 16 2008 06:57AM


Looks like an awesome place!  The pictures are wonderful!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTORĀ®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 10 years ago

Melissa, I love the pictures!  That looks like a beautiful place to spend a day hiking and relaxing!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTORĀ®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

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