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August 22, 2016
Obed Wild & Scenic River to Conduct Wilderness Eligibility Assessment
Obed Wild & Scenic River, in keeping with requirements outlined under National Park Service Management Policies, Director’s Order 41, and the 1995 General Management Plan has recently begun the process of conducting a Wilderness Eligibility Assessment on lands within the park boundaries.

August 15, 2016
Obed WSR is the Recipient of "Every Kid in a Park" Grant to Engage New Audiences
The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday on August 25, 2016. The second century is about creating ways for the next generation to make new discoveries in our national parks and connect people to parks. Obed was recently awarded an “Every Kid in a Park” grant through the National Park Foundation.

August 05, 2016
A Celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday!
In celebration of the National Park Service turning 100 years old, Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting a combined birthday party and an art-in-the-park reception on Thursday, August 25, at the Obed Visitor Center.

July 25, 2016
Educator Concludes 2016 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Experience
On July 18, Brenda Cate concluded her Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) experience at Obed WSR. A Special Education Teacher at Midtown Elementary School, in Harriman, Tennessee, Brenda worked as Obed’s 2016 TRT, where her main focus was to help find ways to offer inclusive programs for persons of different abilities.

July 19, 2016
Find Your Park: Obed WSR & Big South Fork NRRA Celebrate National Park Service 100th Birthday August 25-28
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the National Park Service 100th birthday at Obed Wild & Scenic River and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28.

June 06, 2016
Obed Proposes to Increase Campsite Fees for Rock Creek Campground
Obed Wild and Scenic River is proposing to increase the nightly fee rate at Rock Creek Campground on October 1, 2016. At the same time, the park will also add a feature that allows visitors to reserve, in advance, campground sites by phone or internet as well as in person.

June 02, 2016
Morgan County Sixth Graders Take Part in the 2016 “National Park in Your Backyard” Program
For the fifth year in a row, every sixth grader in Morgan County has had the opportunity to participate in the award-winning “National Park in Your Backyard” program at Obed Wild & Scenic River. Approximately 300 students took part in the program over a 6-day period in May.

May 04, 2016
Obed WSR Welcomes Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
Allison Newberg, a graduate of The Ohio State University, will help prepare Obed WSR for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. She is one of 70 energetic, young Centennial Volunteer Ambassador interns recently selected to spend the next year connecting local communities to parks through volunteer group service opportunities.

April 22, 2016
2015 Tourism to Obed WSR Created $3.7 Million in Economic Benefits
A National Park Service report shows that approximately 225,242 visitors to Obed Wild & Scenic River in 2015, and spent $3.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 46 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy.

April 18, 2016
Summer Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers at Obed Wild & Scenic River
Obed Wild and Scenic River is looking for teachers with experience in lesson plan development and who can help create educational experiences in a variety of subject areas.

March 09, 2016
Obed Receives Grant to Expand Junior Ranger Program
Obed Wild & Scenic River has been awarded a competitive grant through Eastern National to translate the Junior Ranger booklets into Spanish.

February 24, 2016
Obed Wild & Scenic River Announces Fifth Annual Photo Contest
The National Park Service invites the public to submit entries the Obed Wild & Scenic Fifth Annual Photo Contest.

January 15, 2016
Annual Cumberland Trail Work Day
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting the annual Cumberland Trail Work Day on Saturday, February 20.

December 22, 2015
Free Camping at Obed & Big South Fork on January 18 Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
On January 18, Big South Fork NRRA & Obed WSR will be observing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday by authorizing one night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground (Big South Fork) and Rock Creek Campground (Obed) as well as for all backcountry permits.

November 10, 2015
Obed Wild & Scenic River Wins 2015 “Keeper of the Light Award” for Climbing Program
Obed Wild & Scenic River was recently awarded the prestigious Keeper of the Light award. The Keeper of the Light Award for Interpretation is the highest honor bestowed by the National Park Service Division of Interpretation and for the Southeast Region.

November 05, 2015
Urban Kids Rock the Obed
Urban fourth graders from Lonsdale Elementary School recently completed their visits to the Obed Wild and Scenic River in late October. "Urban Kids Rock the Obed" was the title of the Ticket to Ride proposal that was awarded to the park this spring.

October 13, 2015
“Civil War in the Cumberland Plateau” Event on Saturday, November 7, at Obed Visitor Center
Obed Wild & Scenic River announces a Civil War lecture and book signing November 7, beginning at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

October 06, 2015
Obed Wild & Scenic River Presents Primitive Bow Workshop on October 15
In celebration of the upcoming National Park Service centennial, Obed Wild & Scenic River, in partnership with bowyer Travis Gosnell, announces another primitive bow workshop on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at the Obed visitor center.

October 06, 2015
Lilly Bridge Parking and Jett Parking Closed for Renovation
Obed Wild & Scenic River’s Lilly Bridge parking area and the Jett parking will be closed for pavement sealing and striping October 6-9, 2015.

September 21, 2015
The 16th Annual Obed Adopt-A-Crag Volunteer Event was a Huge Success
Over 80 volunteers participated in the recent 16th annual Adopt-A-Crag at the Obed Wild & Scenic River. The September 12 stewardship event was a partnership between the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition and the National Park Service that resulted in over 400 hours of volunteer service.

August 31, 2015
Obed WSR Celebrates National Park Service 99th Birthday with 4th Annual Photo Reception
The National Park Service celebrated its 99th birthday on August 25. In honor of this milestone, Obed Wild & Scenic River recently hosted a combined birthday celebration and unveiling of the winners of the park’s fourth annual photography contest.

August 15, 2013
Obed WSR Survey Results
The Obed WSR Survey results from a 2012 survey have been tabulated.

June 27, 2013
Wi_fi Service now available at the Obed Visitor Center
The Obed WSR now has Wi-Fi Service!

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