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Obed Wild and Scenic River

Obed RiverCanoeing, kayaking and rafting are among the many things that bring people to the Obed. The river is one of the best whitewater rivers in the eastern United States and contains three different difficulty classifications (II-IV). The Obed stretches along the Cumberland Plateau and is managed by the National Park Service.

Most known for it’s whitewater, the Obed also offers rock climbing opportunities for experienced climbers. There are several hundred climbing routes throughout the park, as well as boulder climbing available along the river itself. The sandstone rock of the Obed will challenge even the most experienced climbers!

Fishermen will find plenty of opportunities at the Obed. Smallmouth bass, bluegills, catfish, and muskie are a few of the various fish that swim the river! The beautiful views of the river make hiking the trails of the Obed one of the most enjoyable activities you can do at the park! Multiple trails are available with varying lengths and scenery. Website:

Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center, Wartburg, TNObed Visitor’s Center

The Obed has a visitor center located in nearby Wartburg, TN. The visitor center can supply a wealth of information on the Obed as well as brochures, maps, and gifts (t-shirts, etc.).

Obed Wild and Scenic River
208 North Maiden Street
P.O. Box 429
Wartburg, TN 37887

Visitor Information: (423) 346-6294




Directions from Knoxville: Take Pellissippi Parkway toward Oak Ridge. Stay on Hwy 62 through Oak Ridge to Oliver Springs, in Oliver Springs Hwy 62 will take a right toward Wartburg. Stay on Hwy 62 until you reach Wartburg, veer right onto Hwy 27. Take a left onto Kingston Street, and follow the brown Obed road signs.

Coming from I-40 at Harriman: Take Hwy 27 North to Wartburg, make a left onto Kingston Street and follow the brown Obed road signs.

Obed Visitor's Center

Nemo Access

Jett Bridge, Obed River

Lily Bridge

Barnett Bridge

Potter's Ford

Devil's Breakfast Table

Downloadable PDF Maps

Official Obed Wild and Scenic River Map

A map from the National Park Service that shows the entire Obed park, river, access points and visitor center, as well as roads surrounding the area.  (PDF Format – 494Kb)