Places To Go
There are several places for you to see when visiting the Obed Wild and Scenic River. One of the best places to view the river up close is at Nemo, where restrooms, picnic tables and grills are available. The Rock Creek Campground, which is just a short distance from Nemo, offers overnight camping on a first-come/first-served basis. The Lilly Bluff Overlook gives visitors an excellent 200-foot-high view of the river. The Devils Breakfast Table rock formation is a unique horizontal rock perched and balanced upon a vertical rock spire.
Hikers can enjoy several trails, including the Point Trail (3.8 miles roundtrip), the Lilly Bluff Overlook Trail (200 yards), the Lilly Bridge Trail (0.8 miles roundtrip), the Lilly Boulder Trail (1 mile roundtrip), the Emory River Nature Trail (0.7 miles roundtrip), and a portion of the Cumberland Trail (14 miles from the Devil's Breakfast Table to Nemo).
Paddlers can put in their kayaks, canoes and rafts at six different spots along the river, including Potters Ford, Devils Breakfast Table, Barnett Bridge, Jett Bridge, Lilly Bridge, and Nemo.
Those who enjoy rock climbing can do so at one of the most challenging rock faces in the Southeast at the Lilly Bridge entrance point. Obed also sports a variety of boulders for boulder climbers just a short distance from the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking area.
Those who enjoy fishing can do so at many places along the Obed (an updated Tennessee fishing license is required).
Another fun and educational place to visit is the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg, Tennessee. Several artifacts and displays tell the story of the river, the people, and the wildlife of the region. The visitor center is open everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the best times of the year for river paddling on the Obed occur during the spring (when precipitation increases) and in late fall/early winter (when cold rains provide continuous rapids)?