Experiencing the Obed The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers and pioneers. Today, the Obed stretches along the Cumberland Plateau and offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Not a bad trail for leisurely hike through the woods. Once you get to the trailhead it may be confusing because there are a number of different trails that go through Lone Mountain State Forest. They are all blazed with different colors but we were not able to find good information on where each trail went. We parked at the point shown on the trail here, but there is a more "official" trailhead for the park off of Clayton Howard Road. From our parking spot we took the Longest Mile Trail up the mountain, passing a few interesting ponds and a natural spring, to the Coyote Point Spur Overlook, which was the only real viewpoint on the trail. The view is not bad and you can see all the way to the power plant in Kingston on a clear day. We continued the look from there continuing the loop but turned on the Horseshoe Flatts trails and used the BMP Road to get back to the parking lot.
Emily M. on Lilly's Bluff Trail
A great hike with beautiful overlooks. The Bridge Trail from the bridge to overlooks is very difficult but short, only 1/2 mile or so. Point trail is great, moderate difficulty approx. 3.8miles round trip. It starts at the top by the overlook area. You can park at the bridge or drive to the top/overlook area. When on the Point Trail pay attention after you cross the wooden bridge. The trail splits and you need to go Right and climb a few rocks. There is a white arrow on a tree but can easily be missed. If you go to the left the trail goes about a mile or so and just ends (no point/overlook). The overlooks off the Point Trail are beautiful. Hope you enjoy!
Today was a beautiful day for a hike and we chose Lone Mountain. We started at the trailhead previous hikers used - the one off the gravel road. Took The Longest Mile trail to begin our loop. It was a gradual climb with 2 decent climbs. Next leg was via the SW Trail. We noticed how dry the area was and several creeks were not flowing. Took the Coyote Point spur to the overlook (4.5 miles in). It was beautiful and there is a picnic table at the Point. After lunch we hiked back to SW Trail to continue the loop.
Heading down from the overlook was more tricky due to the steeper incline (I've had 2 knee surgeries and going down is tougher than climbing). We continued and crossed a few creeks and streams. Eventually crossed 2 foot bridges. The bridges were placed in awkward spots but I'm guessing the reason was to allow horses straight shots without using the bridges. SW Trail ends at a gravel road. With Temps in low 80s and not wanting to eat dust when vehicles drive by, we chose to back track a short bit and took the Sawmill Trail back to the trailhead. This added some distance, but it was a good choice. Total trek was 9.41 miles.
Great hike, the only hard part of the 2.5 miles is the first .25 miles from the bridge to the overlook, you can park up by the overlook and start your hike from there. The trail is an in and out trek,close to the end of the trail are several beautiful overlooks. We took this hike in the prime of the fall colors, can't wait to do it again.
This was a fun ride, there were two spots were we had to lift our bikes up a ledge we couldn't ride up (a good 8'-12' straight up). The overview is awesome, and disc brakes are the way to go, or by the end of the ride you'll need new pads. Be ready to go fast and turn sharp.