Obed Wild & Scenic River

Address: 208 N. Maiden St. Wartburg, TN 37887 Phone: (423) 346-6294
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Recreation includes whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, fishing and picnicking. A scenic overlook is located at Lilly Bluff. The Lilly Arch near the end of the Point Trail is one of the most unique rock features of the Obed. The history of the Obed Wild and Scenic River traces back many centuries. Even so, the scenery still looks much the same as it did before America became a nation. This fact makes it easy for us to imagine what life around the river must have been like for the Native people and the early pioneers. Rising almost 50 feet from its base to its top, the Lilly Arch is one of the most impressive structures at the Obed Wild and Scenic River. The arch is made out of Pennsylvania sandstone, and is the only one of its kind in the park. Located near the end of the Point Trail, the Lilly Arch represents a link to the past. Like many of the park's boulders and cliffs, the arch was used by Native Americans and the early pioneers up to the early 20th century as a place of shelter. Today you can walk through the arch and peer down into the rushing waters of the Obed river.


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Take U.S. Hwy. 27 North from I-40 at Harriman, TN to the town of Wartburg, TN. Follow

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City: Wartburg, TN
Region: East Tennessee
Subregion: Knoxville & Middle East

Hours Open:
Open Year-round

Dates Closed:
Christmas




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