Experiencing the Obed

The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers and pioneers. Today, the Obed stretches along the Cumberland Plateau and offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Read More

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God made three beautiful places
He made the Garden of Eden
He made the Obed
And He made one more place that I want to see yet...
I think one of the things that makes the Obed Wild and Scenic River so special
is just this incredible sense of ruggedness and isolation, solitude and biodiversity we have here.

There are very few places on earth where you have the number of plant and animal species that we have in this park.

Every nook and cranny of this place is hidden with spectacular beauty and it takes an adventurous spirit to experience that.

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The free-flowing Obed Wild & Scenic River and its 500-foot-deep gorges offer visitors unspoiled rugged terrain, exceptional waters, and outdoor adventure.

Ninth Annual Obed WSR Photo Contest

Ninth Annual Obed WSR Photo Contest

The National Park Service invites photographers to submit entries for the 9th annual photography exhibit at the Obed Wild & Scenic River

Ranger-led Programs and Events

Ranger-led Programs and Events

Discover why Obed is so special. Join a park ranger for fun, informative, and free guided programs and events.

Obed Wild & Scenic River designated as International Dark Sky Park.

Experience the Night

Obed Wild & Scenic River designated as International Dark Sky Park.

Last updated: August 28, 2020

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