Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to visit the Obed Wild and Scenic River?

Visiting the Obed Wild and Scenic River is free for everyone. However, there is a $10 fee for those wishing to camp overnight at the Rock Creek Campground. Reservations are required and may be obtained by going online (search for Rock Creek Campground - TN) or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

What is there to see at the Obed Wild and Scenic River?

Most people come to see the river itself. You can go right up to the river's edge at various locations within the 45-mile stretch of river property that is owned by the National Park Service. Many people enjoy hiking along the Lilly Bluff Overlook trail and viewing the river from a boardwalk overlook that is over 200 feet above the river. Still others prefer to hike or fish along the river. Regardless of what interests you, a wealth of scenery awaits you at the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

What days are you open to the public?

The river itself is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The park's visitor center is open 9:00-5:00 pm, daily, and is closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.

Where can I get something to eat near the river?

The nearest food establishments are in the town of Wartburg. Fast food eateries such as Hardees, Subway, and Sonic are located near the intersection of Routes 62 and 27. Several other small restaurants, such as Partner's Pizza (on Route 62 East) and Angie's Restaurant (on Kingston Avenue across from the Morgan County Courthouse in downtown Wartburg) are all within reasonable driving distances to the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

Where can I obtain a Tennessee fishing license?

Fishing licenses can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Mossy Grove Market, 1705 Morgan County Highway, in Wartburg
  • Brushy Mountain Market, 10208 Petros Hwy, in Oliver Springs
  • Tiger Food Mart, 8110 Morgan County Highway, in Sunbright
  • Morgan County Courthouse, 415 Kingston Street, in Wartburg
  • Any Walmart location in Tennessee

Are there any canoe or kayak outfitters near the park?

Visit "Current Authorized Services" for more information on what is available.

When is the best time to paddle the river?

The Obed enjoys its best paddling seasons in the Spring (March to May) and the Fall (October and November). The summer is usually the most difficult time to paddle, as the river's water levels are too low to sustain a minimum whitewater current.

Where are the Obed's best rock-climbing routes located?

The Obed's best rock-climbing routes are located along the bluff adjacent to Lilly Bridge. A short and steep trail leads to most of the more popular climbing routes.

Last updated: December 12, 2019

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