You may find other sections of the Cumberland Trail at the Cumberland Gap National Park, the Tennessee River Gorge Segment in Prentice Cooper State Forest, and the Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment in the Obed River Gorge and Catoosa WMA. Birdwatching is also a fun activity, particularly during the migratory seasons. With popular support to preserve the river, and TCWP’s sound economic analysis, TVA dropped the dam proposal for Alley Ford. Cautions: Many ascents and descents on loose rock steps; tall ledges at overlooks. The contribution was part of the Cumberland Trail Conferences 2000 Capital Campaign to purchase the gorges of Rock, Possum, and Soddy Creeks in Hamilton County. This section of the Cumberland Trail is rated difficult due to the many climbs in and out of the Daddys Creek and Obed River Gorges. The Rain House is the largest rock shelter on this section of trail. Cautions: Many ascents and descents on loose rock steps; tall ledges at overlooks. Access on hunting days is only by the current trailhead at Nemo Bridge. Mile 11.8 (2.3) Cross a footbridge over a stream and begin ascending to a strip mine. Continue five more miles and veer left on Hebbertsburg Road (there is no road sign). The plateau was so valued for its rich game resources, the Shawnees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, and Cherokees often disputed over hunting rights. (Note: Fire Tower/Otter Creek Road becomes Hebbertsburg Road after crossing the bridge over Daddys Creek. Cumberland Trail: Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lancing, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. When some of these affected areas were logged and burned, the sites revealed the presence of native warm season grasses that appeared with the increased sun exposure. As an incentive, donors could have a plaque placed on a bridge of their choosing. Cumberland Mountain State Park Trails. Men working these mines did not have room to stand straight; so they would kneel or bend down to work the mine. To continue, turn left when you reach the parking area and kiosk and follow the paved road to exit the campground. Mile 4.7 (9.4) The trail intersects another railroad bed but stay straight. Bridge at Devil’s Breakfast Table / Daddys Creek Trailhead. Along with a group that eventually became Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP), the Russells were able to demonstrate that the value of preserving the wild river system far outweighed any benefit to be obtained by the flood control or recreation benefits of a dam. This area is also popular with people swimming and fishing during the summer months. As the trail continues along the bluff, a large grove of hemlocks stands on the left. As a result of a flood that destroyed the bridge at Nemo, and also the Great Depression, mining and lumbering operations were suspended. Overview: Florescent, high visibility clothing required in this area. Obed River Park Walking Trail Back Open May 1, 2020 in News After weeks of storm clean-up, the Obed River Park Walking trail is back open for use! On the trail, a visitor passes two foot bridges, two historical markers, views the scenic Obed River and experiences a large number of native Cumberland Plateau plants, trees, and wildflowers. Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) and Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting the annual Cumberland Trail Work Day on Saturday, February 20. Many committed individuals such as Tad and Diane contributed to making such land purchases possible. This iconic bluff is what the Cumberland Trail is all about. Breakaway Bluff (Mark Stanfill) These rockslides were not uncommon, but when the rail line was operating, they were quickly cleared so the coal and lumber could get through. Law prohibits digging for arrows or artifacts in any of these shelters because it destroys the archaeological record. Looking north. They would then scoop up the coal, load it on trucks, and transport it out of the area. The main roads in the Catoosa are graveled but suitable for passenger cars. Turn left at Main and Maiden (right to visit the OWSR Headquarters) and continue 5.5 miles to the Nemo Picnic Area and River Access parking or cross Nemo Bridge and turn right to Rock Creek Campground and the Nemo Trailhead. Mile 0.9 (13.2) Ascend rock steps through a break in the bluff created by a drainage that the trail crosses. At the paved road, turn right 120 ft to Nemo Trailhead parking and information kiosk. Zoom in to see details and current status of trails. This is the first of many rock shelters as the trail skirts below the bluff. Tennessee Valley Authority’s Wind Turbines, American beautyberry, is an open-habitat, native s. When the Waterfall isn’t Falling. Rock houses are formed when weaker rock erodes from the underside of the harder sandstone cap rock. No overnight parking. The Obed WSR sports several unique trails for hikers, most notably the Point Trail and a portion of the Cumberland Trail. The hemlock woolly adelgid, a non-native insect accidentally introduced from Asia in 1924, has made its way to this area of the state and is killing the hemlock trees. Soon afterwards 101 ends and road becomes Peavine. Explore. There are no amenities other than vault toilets. Mile 4.5 (9.6) Leave the railbed to the left and descend into Turkey Creek drainage. These can be small pockets or large rooms found below the rim of the plateau. Mile 11.4 (2.7) A homemade “No Camping” sign reminds hikers that no camping is allowed. Mile 12.3 (1.8) The trail leaves the berm onto a road after crossing the small footbridge over mine drainage. The trail leaves the railbed and descends rock steps on the left. Mile 10.3 (3.8) Turn left onto an old roadbed, and descend 110 ft to turn right off the road. Carry a conventional watch. Mile 11.7 (2.4) Reach the trail intersection leading to Alley Ford. The rhododendron are full of blooms in June. Go one mile and turn left on Hebbertsburg Road (no sign) and drive 2.5 miles to Devils Breakfast Table and Daddy’s Creek Trailhead parking. Hikers must wear florescent clothing to maintain visibility to hunters in the area during hunting seasons. Mile 9.2 (4.9) Cross a small stream and continue on the road. The trail can only be accessed from the paved trail in the Obed River Park. The tall sandstone bluffs that you pass provide shade for hemlock and rhododendron to grow and flourish in the recessed coves. Our Trail Crew is BadAss! Mile 10.1 (4.0) Turn left onto a roadbed; proceed 250 ft to turn left off the road. Soon after another roadbed intersects the trail on the left, continue straight. The main roads in the Catoosa are graveled but suitable for passenger cars. —Mark Stanfill. Continue 19 miles to Wartburg. If you see issues report them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-566-2229 (M-F 8am – 4:30pm ET). The Rain House is the largest rock shelter on this section of trail. Carry a conventional watch. (Don Deakins). Graveled parking is on the right with room for about a dozen vehicles at Daddy’s Creek Trailhead. Now the railbed is overgrown with small hemlocks and small trenches where the rail ties use to be. This process is much more destructive than the shaft mining technique, but requires fewer workers and mines more coal. Presumably, Terrell named the Obed and the Obey rivers, and both were named “Obey.” Mapmakers later changed the name of the southern river to “Obed,” to distinguish it from the northern river. This event was originally scheduled for February 21 but was postponed due to heavy snow and ice. In the mid-1960s, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) proposed a dam for the Obed River to be located at Alley Ford. With the passage of the “fence law” by the Tennessee legislature in 1947, however, open grazing was abolished and soon the majority of these small farms were abandoned. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Mile 14.1 (0.0) Enter Rock Creek Campground at a trail mileage sign. Observe hunting calendar before hiking in Catoosa WMA. Florescent, high visibility clothing required in this area. The remaining trail to Alley Ford was built by CTC, and Breakaway™ college student volunteers. Turn left on Firetower Road where you will see the high voltage power lines on your left. Mile 0.0 (14.1) On the west side of Daddy’s Creek and north of the bridge stands the rock formation called “Devil’s Breakfast Table,” a large flat rock balanced on a column of rock on the cliff overlooking the creek splashing through rapids. Hunting Seasons: In general, hunting dates follow this schedule: Mid-October through December various long weekends (Fri – Sun) February and March for all users (roads are gated, not allowing motorized vehicles). Mile 1.0 (13.1) At a trail intersection, a side path on the left leads 170 feet to Blueberry Bluff. (Note: Fire Tower/Otter Creek Road becomes Hebbertsburg Road after crossing the bridge over Daddys Creek. 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. Many committed individuals such as Tad and Diane contributed to making such land purchases possible. Hikers must wear florescent clothing to maintain visibility to hunters in the area during hunting seasons. Southern Terminus: Devil’s Breakfast Table Trailhead on Firetower Road at (El. The residents who remained in the area became dependent upon open grazing of their livestock for a living. Mountain laurel and blueberry bushes grow on both sides of the trail. After crossing a small drainage, the trail begins to level off. The area eventually became interspersed with many small farms, whose occupants made their living working part time in the forests and mines and by unrestricted grazing of livestock in the area. Still amazing! 2009 National Geographic found at National Geographic Topo Explorer. As an exception, this area was used as a backcountry camping area for volunteers who were building this section of trail in 2000 and 2001; as a rule, backcountry camping is not allowed in the Catoosa WMA. The large rock shelter that you come to is the Rain House; it was given the name by volunteers building the trail who sought refuge from rain on many occasions. From the Daddy’s Creek Trailhead, go east on Hebbertsburg Road (Note: This is Firetower/Otter Creek Road you were on) for 2.5 miles to a road intersection and turn left on Nemo Road (this is a gravel road with no road sign). Intermediate/Difficult. The trail climbs through a talus field to cross a drainage. To stay on the CT, continue straight; another rock shelter is just past the nature trail turnoff. Obed also offers access to a 14.2-mile section of the Cumberland Trail, a strenuous out-and-back that traverses parts of the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area on its way to the Devil’s Breakfast Table. Looking north. Mile 7.1 (7.0) Descend to a small stream, then follow the trail climbing to the right. The Obed River Park is a gem of Cumberland County! In the early 1900s, this was a section of the Morgan & Fentress Railroad that ran 23 miles from Nemo to Obed Junction, which is located at the intersection of Daddys Creek and the Obed River. From Oliver Springs, the trail followed Walden Ridge northeast through Lake City into Caryville, where it joins the current … The Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment covers 15.3 miles of rugged terrain along the Cumberland Trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail … The nature trail leaves the CT at this point to the left and loops down to the Emory River where will come out at Rock Creek Campground. Approximately 35 acres located off Hwy 70 West just past the entrance to the Cumberland County Community Complex. This is the first of many rock shelters as the trail skirts below the bluff. As you continue on the trail you can see how the strip follows the contour of the mountain. Mile 3.7 (10.4) The trail dips off the railroad bed, crosses a stream, then returns onto railbed. Hikers Caution – Tad and Diane Parvin are long-time active members of the Plateau Chapter of Tennessee Trails Association and Cumberland Trail Conference supporters who made a very generous memorial contribution in memory of Tad’s mother and brother. Cats tha, #cumberlandtrail #ctc #webuildtrails @hikemoc, Beautiful Black Mountain #cumberlandtrail #ctc #we, Keep an eye out for Woodland Sunflowers while out, Mimosa quadrivalvis, known as fourvalve mimosa, se, ❤️ @spriggsjoey @nnspriggs (please tag photogr, © Copyright 2020 - Cumberland Trails Conference. The river valleys are dotted with huge boulders that have broken from the cliff faces. Mile 8.1 (6.0) Cross a small stream and ascend back onto road; go left. Continue a gradual switchback climb. Breakaway Bluff (Mark Stanfill), Mile 9.9 (4.2) A side trail on the left leads 50 ft to BreakAway Bluff. The trail goes through house-size sandstone boulders. In some areas along the trail, the hiker can see evidence of their rooting, which destroys native plants and damages the trail. This area is also popular with people swimming and fishing during the summer months. Back then, the Obed watershed was little explored and unknown to all but adventurous paddlers. Difficulty: Strenuous The trail goes through house-size sandstone boulders. They would then scoop up the coal, load it on trucks, and transport it out of the area. Established in 1982. Return to the main trail and continue through the upland forest along the bluff. Obed River Park is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crossville, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. These trees flourish in the moist cool areas that are created in the deep coves of the gorge. A plaque on the bridge honors Janet Roe Parvin and Bret Edward Parvin. The trail stays below the bluff for the next 0.7 mile. Mile 7.8 (6.3) To the left, a short side trail leads to a view of the Obed River. Day after day they go ou, @peytongupton Peavine to McGinnis Branch to, @waterfallshiker #cumberlandtrail #ctc #piney, Black eyed Susan Proceed another 11 miles after entering the WMA to Daddys Creek and the Devils Breakfast Table. Miners used large machinery to first remove soil and rock (which you are hiking on) to expose the coal seam. Mile 2.7 (11.4) Pass another rock shelter. Obed River is a stream draining a part of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.It, and particularly its tributaries, are important streams for whitewater enthusiasts.. Distance: 14.1 miles one-way Because of the many rock steps along the section, the trail was given the name “trail of a thousand steps” by a group of spring BreakAway™ students who worked on the trail. There were many temporary spurs off the main line that carried coal and lumber as these resources of the area were exploited. Maryetta Trail. 5 Other Attractions within 0.75 miles. Mile 8.1 (6.0) Cross a small stream and ascend back onto road; go left. After crossing Nemo Bridge, pass a trail kiosk, and turn left into Nemo Access in 0.3 mile from the campground. This is one of the few places that has reliable water, but treat all water before drinking. Still amazing! Oak Savannah Recovery Area (Mark Stanfill) Strip mining occurred in the area during the ‘50s and ‘60s. Plantation Trail. My Maps; Create Map; Print Maps; Route Converter; Company. The trail continues on the strip mine berm with the high wall on the right. #cumberlandtra, First Amazing Capture Soddy Daisy... 2nd Stinging, This is something we want to see more of. After crossing a small drainage, the trail begins to level off. The Obed was included in a study for the first national Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSRs) Act in 1968 and was eventually designated a Wild and Scenic River in 1976. According to the 2016-2017 TWRA Hunting Guide, page 56, Catoosa WMA is now open year-round for through hiking on the Cumberland Trail. Obed River 1 (Don Deakins and Tom Dunigan) Obed River 2 (Don Deakins and Tom Dunigan) Obed River 3 (Don Deakins and Tom Dunigan) Obed River 4 (Don Deakins and Tom Dunigan) Follow the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail and Obed Wild & Scenic River National Headquarters signs on Main Street. Mile 3.7 (10.4) The trail dips off the railroad bed, crosses a stream, then returns onto railbed. Mile 9.4 (4.7) After crossing another stream, the trail turns right at an old homeplace. 1,266′ N36°03.523 W84°47.548) (Trailhead is in Central Time Zone) No overnight parking. When first conceived, the Cumberland Trail was expected to turn south from the Obed River and run through the Lone Mountain State Forest. Bill and Lee Russell were two of the few who had explored the gorges and took up the cause of defending the Obed. You will drive three miles to the Catoosa WMA entry where the road becomes gravel. Mile 0.4 (13.7) Cross a rock field formed by sandstone that sheers off the bluff. TWRA is in the process of converting many of these areas to an oak savanna, such as it was many years before European settlers arrived. “ Beautiful but strenuous trail. The CT is open year-round in the corridor of the national river from Alley Ford to Nemo Bridge. Even now, much of the land to be acquired and included in the Obed WSR remains in private ownership due to lack of funding for these land purchases. Stay on the road for the next mile. Most of the Obed River Section is within the 82,000-acre Catoosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in Cumberland and Morgan Counties, which is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). down load the Hunters guide from the TWRA web site HERE. To improve grass production, frequent fires were set and often raged unchecked across the land. Take the right to continue on the CT through the upland hardwood forest. Even though many escaped the saw, it is doubtful that these trees will be around much longer. Mile 1.9 (12.2) Moderately descend to below the bluff wall through a break. Mile 4.7 (9.4) The trail intersects another railroad bed but stay straight. Hikers relying on cell phones to tell time are libel to pick up signals from towers in both time zones. #cumberlandtra, First Amazing Capture Soddy Daisy... 2nd Stinging, This is something we want to see more of. Enter the park from West Avenue. Cross a sturdy 120-foot one-lane bridge with wood decking and no guardrails over Daddys Creek. It will quickly become apparent why this segment is rated difficult and was given the name “trail of a thousand steps” by students on one of the first Spring BreakAway programs that worked in this section. Rarely, you may also get a glimpse of river otter and mink on the river banks or swimming in the pools of water, hunting for fish. Make a steep descent on the first of many rock steps through Daddy’s Creek Gorge built by Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility inmates and CTC volunteers. Mile 12.4 (1.7) Leave the road on the left to go around a slide area. Mile 5.9 (8.2) The trail stays along the Obed River for the next quarter mile where there are nice beaches and swimming holes. The upland trail is easier to travel with a few small climbs in and out of minor drainages for the next mile. Mile 13.7 (0.4) Arrive at a junction with the Emory River Nature Trail. The trail with two big boulders across from the parking area is not he CT. Follow the road for 200 ft and leave the road on the right. Mile 7.5 (6.6) Turn left into the woods. Those who like to fish will enjoy the Obed WSR, as a variety of bass, bluegill, catfish and other fish populate the river. The rock walls that form the canyons in Clear Creek and the Obed River … The Obed River drains east to the Emory River near Nemo Bridge. Mile 7.4 (6.7) The trail joins a road used by All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), which are allowed by permit in Catoosa WMA. This trail culminates on the narrow, exposed ridge that separates the Obed … Mile 0.2 (13.9) The trail comes out on Firetower Road; go left 70 ft and enter woods across the road. Rock houses are formed when weaker rock erodes from the underside of the harder sandstone cap rock. The beauty of the Obed River Gorge was once almost lost forever. (Richie), Obed River Section (Don Deakins) While this trail is now part of the CT, it has historically been called “Piney River Trail.” Approximately six additional miles of the Cumberland Trail are under construction as of 2016 on the west side of Daddys Creek from Devil’s Breakfast Table heading south to Peavine Road. Mile 4.8 (9.3) Cross a 26-foot-long bridge over an unnamed branch of the Obed. Alley Ford Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wartburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The rock formation is said to have been named by one of the first settlers to the area in the early 1800s who said “Only the Devil would eat breakfast on a table like that,” referring to how it seems that the tabletop rock is barely balanced on the supporting rock and might at any moment tip over. A side trail on the left leads 120 ft to “Ohmygod” overlook. Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail (a moderate 2.6-mile hiking trail) To learn more about the Obed Trail Keeper program, contact the park volunteer coordinator at: email@example.com, or (423) 569-9778. Mile 11.4 (2.7) A homemade “No Camping” sign reminds hikers that no camping is allowed. The following detailed topographic maps of the trail were created using TOPO! Mile 4.3 (9.8) Cross a rock ledge with three metal pins protruding out of rock. Mountain laurel and blueberry bushes grow on both sides of the trail. Hikers may NOT drive into Devil’s Breakfast Table trailhead during any hunting day. Mile 14.1 (0.0) Enter Rock Creek Campground at a trail mileage sign. Mile 7.4 (6.7) The trail joins a road used by All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), which are allowed by permit in Catoosa WMA. The rhododendron are full of blooms in June. As a result of a flood that destroyed the bridge at Nemo, and also the Great Depression, mining and lumbering operations were suspended. Mile 9.7 (4.4) Dip through where another ATV road intersects the trail; follow the trail to the left for 0.1 mile, then turn right into woods, leaving the road. This was a section of a narrow-gauge extension of the Morgan and Fentress from Turkey Creek that extended eastward back into the Catoosa area to a point opposite the mouth of the Clear Fork River. To stay on the CT, continue straight; another rock shelter is just past the nature trail turnoff. 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