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October 18, 2017
Visitor dies after falling from Lilly Bluff Overlook
At approximately 3 pm on Sunday, October 15, Obed staff received a call reporting a man who had fallen from Lilly Bluff Overlook after climbing over the railing. Responding park rangers located the body of a 30-year-old male.

September 22, 2017
Obed Wild and Scenic River Receives Field Trip Grant from the National Park Foundation
Obed Wild & Scenic River was selected to receive a 2017 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, which will be utilized to cover the transportation cost to bring fourth grade students to experience their national park and foster connections to the natural world.

August 30, 2017
Obed Adopt-a-Crag Celebrates National Public Lands Day on September 9, 2017
Obed Wild & Scenic River will celebrate National Public Lands Day by teaming up with the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition to host the 18th annual Adopt-a-Crag event at the park on Saturday, September 9. Volunteers are needed to help with several projects such as general trail maintenance and litter pickup.

August 10, 2017
Educator Concludes 2017 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Experience
On July 21, Paige Byrd, an English as Second Language teacher at Oakdale Elementary School in Wartburg, Tennessee, concluded her Teacher-Ranger-Teacher experience at Obed Wild & Scenic River.

August 09, 2017
A Celebration of the National Park Service 101st Birthday
In celebration of the National Park Service turning 101 years old, Obed WSR will be hosting a combined birthday party and an Art-in-the-Park reception on Friday, August 25.

July 12, 2017
Special Use Permits Clarifications to Go Into Effect October 1 2017
There are over 130,000 acres of opportunities for special events within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River. To help ensure resource protection, visitor safety and make sure that other visitors’ experience is not significantly impeded, special events such as weddings and endurance races require a special use permit.

July 10, 2017
Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in Your National Parks
On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will be crossing the entire continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. It has been dubbed the Great All-American Total Solar Eclipse.

July 10, 2017
Park Announces Extension of Annual Photo Contest Deadline
The National Park Service announces that the deadline for the annual Obed Wild & Scenic River photo contest has been extended to July 31, 2017.

June 26, 2017
Park Rangers Rescue Stranded Paddler on Emory River
At approximately 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 24, park personnel received a call from Morgan County 9-1-1 requesting assistance about a stranded paddler on the Emory River, located outside the park.

May 02, 2017
Obed Announces Rock Climbing & Paddling Program for Sixth Grade Homeschooled Students
Six years ago, with funding from a National Park Foundation Impact Grant, Obed Wild and Scenic River launched its “National Park in Your Backyard” program for Morgan County sixth grade students. As in previous years, the opportunity to participate in this program will be extended to sixth grade students that are homeschooled or who attend schools other than public schools.

April 21, 2017
2016 Tourism to Obed WSR Created over $4 Million in Economic Benefits: Report shows visitor spending supports 50 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service report shows that 231,389 visitors to Obed Wild and Scenic River in 2016 spent $4,089,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 50 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $3,893,600.

April 06, 2017
Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers at Obed WSR
Obed WSR is recruiting teachers to participate in the 2017 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program. The TRT program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service and the University of Colorado Denver.

April 04, 2017
Recreation and Tourism Planning Workshop and Information Sessions on April 13 and May 10
The National Park Service is hosting two Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program information sessions, on Thursday, April 13, and Wednesday, May 10. Both meetings are open to all who may be interested.

March 14, 2017
Visitation to Obed WSR Increases for Tenth Consecutive Year in 2016
Obed WSR recorded 231,390 visits in 2016, during the National Park Service Centennial -- the tenth consecutive increase in visitation to the park.

March 10, 2017
Obed WSR Receives Grant to Further “Parks in Focus” Educational Program
Obed Wild & Scenic River is pleased to announce it has recently been awarded a grant by Eastern National, to further the Parks-In-Focus program in 2017.

January 31, 2017
Obed WSR Announces Sixth Annual Photo Contest
The National Park Service invites the public to submit entries the Obed Wild & Scenic sixth annual photo contest.

January 24, 2017
2017 Cumberland Trail Work Day
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Obed Wild & Scenic River will be hosting the annual Cumberland Trail Work Day on Saturday, February 18. Trail maintenance will be performed on the 2.5-mile section of the Cumberland Trail between Rock Creek Campground and Alley Ford.

December 16, 2016
Obed WSR uses Astronomy Grant Funds to Enhance Night Sky Programs
Starry night skies are an important part of the special places the National Park Service protects. To help visitors appreciate the night, earlier this year Obed Wild and Scenic River received a competitive grant from Eastern National to enhance the park’s dark sky and astronomy programs.

December 16, 2016
Ban on Open Fires within Obed WSR Lifted December 15
Recent rain showers and cooler weather have reduced fire activity and Obed Wild & Scenic River officials have lifted the ban on open fires in the park effective December 15.

November 30, 2016
Nemo Picnic Area Improvement Project Scheduled December 1-2
Obed WSR will be rehabilitating the Nemo Picnic Area, with work scheduled to begin December 1. The picnic area will be closed for paving Friday, December 2. Otherwise the area will remain open with access to the comfort station, parking, and river access.

November 16, 2016
All Open Fires Prohibited Due to Extremely Dry Conditions
Due to the extremely dry conditions currently being experienced, park officials have determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities, which unduly increase fire danger.

November 02, 2016
Park Implements Campfire Restrictions
Due to the extremely dry conditions currently being experienced, park officials have determined that it is necessary to restrict the use of open fires and activities, which unduly increase the fire danger.

October 31, 2016
Urban Youth Focus on Nature through Photography
Urban fourth graders from Lonsdale Elementary School recently participated in “Opening Doors in National Parks through Nature-Based Learning, Outdoor Recreation, and Photography” at Obed Wild & Scenic River in October.

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

Last updated: August 15, 2016

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