• Rafting through the Obed Wild & Scenic River gorge


    Wild & Scenic River Tennessee

Memories of the Obed

Roy and Juanita Guinn (and daughter) paddle a canoe along a section of the Obed Wild and Scenic River, circa 1974.
From the collection of Juanita Guinn.

On the second Saturday of each month, the Obed Wild and Scenic River hosts a local park neighbor to discuss their memories of the river before it became a National Park in 1976. Their memories are at times solemn, at times humorous, and at times exciting. Each park neighbor with unique memories will enthrall our visitors with stories of what life was like on the Cumberland Plateau in years gone by. Our April program will be held on April 12th, and will feature Mr. John Smarsh, who will talk about the early settlement in Morgan County by individuals from eastern European countries such as the Ukraine. He'll also talk about living off the land as he grew up near Clear Creek between Barnett and Jett Bridges.

Those interested in attending this special event on Saturday, April 12th, are asked to be at the Obed Visitor Center by 1 p.m. (ET). The Obed Visitor Center is located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg. No reservations are needed for this free program. Keep checking this page each month for updates on our next guest speaker for the Memories of the Obed program!

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that "Longhunters" - white men who hunted for animal skins and furs - came to the Obed region in the 18th century? The flintlock rifle was the preferred weapon of choice.