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Tennessee whitewater, Obey River - West Fork

Overton Pickett county, TN 85n Bridge to Dale Hollow Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     15.5 miles
Did this route  on 7/2/17. The stretch between the first 2 bridges at the put in is basically not floatable even during normal water height. We ended up dragging our kayaks 80% of the way. The second bridge on was fine, but there were several areas where there was a strong oil/gas smell. The redeeming quality was that there was one amazing waterfall about 3/4 of the way that was ground fed, so it was very clean. Other than that, this route
    is not very good. Says Adam

The TN 85n Bridge to Dale Hollow Lake section of Obey River - West Fork in Overton/ Pickett County is 15.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. The
wonderful Tennessee scenery and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Tennessee are harder than the national norm, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Cookevi lle, if you're not familiar with the area there's  
a road map further down the page. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. 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. The beautiful Cumberland Plateau Mountains scenery is an added bonus. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. There's camping available near Obey River - West Fork. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the TN 85n Bridge to Dale Hollow Lake stretch is just one of them.

Obey River - West Fork, TN 85n Bridge to Dale Hollow Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Obey River - West Fork.
 Whitewater Near Obey River - West Fork:
Obey River - West Fork, Overton/ Pickett County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 15.5 miles long (TN 85n Bridge to Dale Hollow Lake)
Obey River - East Fork, Fentress/ Pickett County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 37 miles long (TN 85 Bridge to Dale Hollow Lake)
Obey River - East Fork, Fentress County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 10 miles long (Hanging Limb to Highway 85)
Obey River - East Fork, Overton/ Fentress County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 13.8 miles long (Cliff Springs to TN 85 Bridge)
Little Hurricane Creek, Overton/Fentress County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Muddy Pond Road to Hurricane Creek)
Hurricane Creek, Fentress County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Camp Ground Road to East Fork Obey)
Clear Creek, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 21 miles long (US 127 to Barnett Bridge)
Roaring River, Overton/ Jackson County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Highway 135 to Stock Gap Road Bridge)
Clear Fork - North Prong, Fentress County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - -blank- miles long (Old Sunbright to Banner Springs)
Spring Creek, Overton County, 18 miles away
      Class II-V - 28.6 miles long (Highway 42 Close to Rickman to Roaring River)
 Marinas Near Obey River - West Fork:
East Port Marina & Resort, Alpine , 3 miles away
Sunset Marina & Resort, Byrdstown , 8 miles away
Wisdom Dock, Albany , 17 miles away
Mitchell Creek Marina, Allons , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Obey River - West Fork:
Garden Inn At Bee Rock, Monterey , 15 miles away
Caryonah Hunting Lodge, Crossville , 18 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Albany, Albany , 21 miles away
Quality Inn Crossville, Crossville , 22 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Crossville, Crossville , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Obey River - West Fork:
Taylors Ford, Byrdstown, 7 miles away
Eagle Creek Ferry, Monroe, 8 miles away
Obey River, Byrdstown, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Obey River - West Fork:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 41 miles away
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 45 miles away
Dale Hollow Lake State Park, Kentucky , 18 miles away
Standing Stone State Park, Tennessee , 19 miles away
Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Obey River - West Fork:
Hidden Valley Golf & Country, Livingston , 13 miles away
Mountain View Golf Course, Albany , 17 miles away
Mountain Ridge Golf Club, Monterey , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Obey River - West Fork
City of Monterey Lake, Putnam , 14 miles away

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