Obed Wild & Scenic River

The Obed River originates near Crossville, Tennessee and flows to the mouth of the Emory River. Clear Creek and Daddy’s Creek are tributaries of the river and are included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Program. The Obed provides habitat for several threatened and endangered fish and 13 species of crayfish. The Obed Wild and Scenic River offers many recreational opportunities. Test your strength, endurance and dexterity while rock climbing or paddling, or enjoy hiking a relaxing or challenging trail. More calming activities include bird watching, fishing and camping. Muskalunge and Smallmouth Bass are a favorite among anglers. Six public river access areas accommodate canoes, kayaks, and rafts for flat water and whitewater excitement and adventure. The Obed Wild and Scenic River is managed by the National Park Service while the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) boundary is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

More info at the National Park Service.

Morgan County

Scenic River Area the section from the western edge of the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area to the confluence with the Emory River; Clear Creek from the Morgan County line to the confluence with the Obed River, Daddy’s Creek from the Morgan County line to the confluence with the Obed River; and the Emory River from the confluence with the Obed River to the Nemo Bridge. Designated in 1976.

The only National Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee.


Obed Scenic River National Park
208 North Maiden Street
Wartburg, Tennessee 37887
(423) 346-6294


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