• Rafting through the Obed Wild & Scenic River gorge

    Obed

    Wild & Scenic River Tennessee

History & Culture

Clear Creek photo

Clear Creek from the Lilly Bluff Overlook.

The history of the Obed Wild and Scenic River traces back many centuries. Even so, 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. This history page will help you discover the people, places, and stories of the river and the surrounding Cumberland Plateau. It will also give you insight into how the river became a National Park Service site in 1976. Finally, it will give you a quick look at some of the artifacts that are on exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Obed river system contains a mixed forest of oak, hickory, poplar, pine, and hemlock trees?