Bureau of Land Management National Park Service US Fish and Wildlife Service US Forest Service

Obed River, Tennessee

Managing Agency:

National Park Service, Obed Wild and Scenic River


Designated Reach:

October 12, 1976. The segment 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. Daddys Creek from the Morgan County line to the confluence with the Obed River. The Emory River from the confluence with the Obed River to Nemo Bridge.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 43.3 miles; Recreational — 2.0 mile; Total — 45.3 miles.

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Obed River

The Obed River and its two main tributaries, Clear Creek and Daddys Creek, cut into the Cumberland Plateau of East Tennessee, providing some of the most rugged scenery in the Southeast. Wild whitewater running through 500-foot deep gorges offers boaters the chance to drift below rock climbers challenging their skills on the sandstone bluffs.