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 May program will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, and will feature Robert Humphries and Reid Gryder, who will talk about the early days of paddling along various creeks that today comprise the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

Those interested in attending this special event on Saturday, May 3rd, 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!

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