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Tennessee whitewater, Obed River

Cumberland Morgan county, Nemo to Oakdale section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     7 miles
This is actually the Emory River, the Obed River ends a few miles upstream when it joins the Emory. The put-in at Nemo is however part of the Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park Service Area. I like your website. Says Brett Painter

The starting location is a reasonable drive from Harriman, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to
    be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots.
This stretch of Obed River in Tennessee is 7 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came.  
The natural beauty of Cumberland/ Morgan County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Nemo to Oakdale section is just one of them. The river winds through the Cumberland Plateau Mountains and you get great scenery. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Obed Wild & Scenic River is recommended, and this is a popular site for people from Wartburg. All year is a glorious time in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains if you fancy the outdoors.

Obed River, Nemo to Oakdale road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Obed River.
 Whitewater Near Obed River:
Island Creek, Morgan County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Catoosa Bridge to Emory River)
Crooked Fork Creek, Morgan County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Potter's Falls to Camp Austin)
Obed River, Cumberland/ Morgan County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Nemo to Oakdale)
Crooked Fork Creek, Morgan County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (US 27 to Potter's Falls)
Emory River, Morgan County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Emory River Canyon - Highway 62 to Nemo)
Island Creek, Morgan County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Catoosa Road to Catoosa Bridge)
Emory River, Morgan County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 21.2 miles long (Gobey Bridge to Oakdale)
Clear Creek, Morgan County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Lilly to Nemo)
Little Clear Creek, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Highway 62 to Lily)
Crab Orchard Creek, Morgan County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 13.5 miles long (Flat Rock Ford to Oakdale)
 Ski Areas Near Obed River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 75 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Obed River:
Kingston KOA Kampground and Marina, Kingston , 11 miles away
Harbour Point Marina, Rockwood , 14 miles away
Bayside Marina & Resort, Ten Mile , 16 miles away
Marina & Dock Supply, Spring City , 17 miles away
Eden Marina, Spring City , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Obed River:
Days Inn Harriman, Harriman , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HARRIMAN, Harriman , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn Harriman, Harriman , 7 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Harriman, Harriman , 7 miles away
Travelodge Harriman, Harriman , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Obed River:
Caney Creek Campground, Roane County, 8 miles away
Obed River Camp, Lancing, 9 miles away
Caney Creek Recreational Vehicle Resort, Harriman, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Obed River:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 1 miles away
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 27 miles away
Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee , 14 miles away
Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 28 miles away
Cove Lake State Park, Tennessee , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Obed River:
Emory Golf & Country Club, Harriman , 7 miles away
Rockwood Golf & Country Club, Rockwood , 9 miles away
Southwest Point Golf Course, Kingston , 11 miles away

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