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.

The walk to the Lilly Bluff Overlook is 0.3 miles of flat forest ground. The view is stunning. We went at dusk and stayed for 3 hours to star gaze. This is a patch of dark sky and it is amazing. There are no artificial lights and you can see the whole sky. Thanks to Obed WSR Staff for making this official dark sky. The parking lot is paved and there are bathrooms. The overlook is a boardwalk with rails and benches.

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1 month ago

It was a wonderful hike. We loved the overlook and we actually got some pictures of an eagle. Only four stars because the path was not as well marked as some of the other hikes we’ve hiked. I think that was because the signs had fallen off or been taken down for some reason. Other than that, it was a great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail if you can stay on it. There are markers everywhere due to hikers marking alternate routes. The views at the end are amazing.

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4 months ago

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6 months ago

great hike with a great overlook...

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

I love this place, so beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

My husband and I hiked this trail yesterday. Enjoyed the hike. It was very well marked
I did accidentally leave my walking sticks in the parking lot. I need them for hiking because of problems I have with my ankles. If anyone picked them up, please let me know (roosterb@citlink.net).

Easy stroll through the woods. Great views of the Clear River.

trail running
9 months ago

Beautiful and easy!

hiking
11 months ago

Was visiting TN and had time for one hike. I'm glad we chose this one!

Hiked the Overlook Trail and the Point Trail. Loved the entire hike. It's an easy trek, so it makes for a perfect family hike. We hiked it in the fall, and it offered a great mix of flora; a bed of leaves underfoot, passing by wild rhododendrons, broad-leaf deciduous trees and a variety of evergreens (Eastern Hemlock, Virginia Pine and Eastern White Pine). Put this diversity of plant life together with moss-covered rocks reminiscent of the PACNW and it was a really gorgeous hike. I'm surprised there haven't been more reviews and photos posted. The "Arches" offer a nice little cave to tuck into for lunch, and the large cliff you pass by on the way up is a sight to see all by itself.

The Point Trail narrows and ends at the convergence of the Obed River and Clear Creek. As it narrows, you get great views of the bluffs on either side of you. The rock climbers were making good use of the sheer rock faces the day we hiked, and we could see and hear them on their ascents.

I highly recommend this hike!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

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