Things To Know Before You Come
Before going down to the river, take the opportunity to stop by the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center in downtown Wartburg. There, you can pick up a park brochure, obtain information on the river and the current activities, view our colorful displays, and purchase some souvenirs in our gift shop.
Whitewater paddling is available seasonally in the Obed WSR. There are no commercial outfitters currently operating in the Obed WSR, however. Boaters need to be experienced in remote whitewater up to Class V, and a minumum of three boats in a party is recommended. Knowledge of whitewater rescue is required to safely paddle the Obed/Emory watershed. Water conditions and levels can change quickly due to rain; check weather and water levels before putting on the river. There are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. Be aware that rivers have moving currents and can be extremely dangerous, especially during high water.
Camping: One primitive campground (Rock Creek Campground) is located in the Nemo area of the park. The campground is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Part of the Cumberland Trail is located in the Nemo area of the park. The Point Trail starts near the Lilly Bluff Overlook.
Hunting and fishing are allowed in accordance with state and federal regulations and seasons, which are enforced.
Rock climbing on the park's sandstone bluffs is another activity for experienced climbers with adequate gear and skill.
Both climbing and whitewater boating are inherently dangerous activities that should not be engaged in by the inexperienced.
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.