Thomas A. Hall
Kids who visit the Obed Wild and Scenic River are in for a treat! Recreational activities abound here. They include hiking, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, and picnicking, just to name a few. Kids are encouraged to explore the Obed as they walk along our nature trails and view our many different trees, wildflowers, and rock formations. Hearing and identifying the many different bird calls is also a fun and challenging activity for kids visiting the Obed. Kids who stop by the Obed Visitor Center at 208 North Maiden Street in Wartburg, Tennessee, can also complete our Junior Ranger booklet and earn a Junior Ranger badge!
You can also email us and request us to send you an Obed Junior Ranger booklet. Upon completing it, you can mail it back to us. After we sign and stamp it, we'll mail it back to you with your official Obed Junior Ranger Badge and Patch! If you have the computer printing capabilities, you can download the Obed Junior Ranger Booklet. Once you finish it, you can mail it to us at: Obed WSR, P.O. Box 429, Wartburg, TN, 37887. We will sign and stamp it, and mail it back to you with your official Obed Junior Ranger Badge and Patch! Please be sure to send us your return mailing address.
The staff at the Obed Wild and Scenic River offers free ranger-led programs throughout the year. Every Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EST), we offer a Preschool Storytime and Craft program for younger children. This free event takes place inside the Obed Visitor Center, and no reservations are necessary. We also offer school programs that discuss a variety of topics. Please contact us at 423-346-6294 to find out more about each of these programs.
If you don't get a chance to visit the Obed Wild and Scenic River, don't despair! The National Park Service has put together a Web Ranger program for kids to complete online. The program helps kids explore many of the famous and not-so-famous parks, and gives kids an appreciation for the scenic beauty and historical significance of the parks.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the Obed is one of the best and most difficult whitewater regions for kayakers in the eastern United States? The difficulty chart ranges from Class II to Class IV.