Cautions: Many ascents and descents on loose rock steps; tall ledges at overlooks. The main roads in the Catoosa are graveled but suitable for passenger cars. Cross a sturdy 120-foot one-lane bridge with wood decking and no guardrails over Daddys Creek. The trail climbs through a talus field to cross a drainage. The Daddys Creek Trailhead at Devil’s Breakfast Table represents the southern terminus of the Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment. Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment, Distance: 14.1 miles one-way Mile 6.2 (7.9)  Leave the railroad bed to the right and ascend through a rocky area. My Maps; Create Map; Print Maps; Route Converter; Company. Camping: Rock Creek Campground of the Obed Wild and Scenic River is located at the southern trailhead. Looking north. The old Nemo Bridge, built around 1930, was converted to a pedestrian footbridge when the new bridge replaced it in 1999. Back then, the Obed watershed was little explored and unknown to all but adventurous paddlers. Mile 1.0 (13.1) At a trail intersection, a side path on the left leads 170 feet to Blueberry Bluff. From Alley Ford to Nemo Bridge is within the Obed Wild and Scenic River federal lands managed by the National Park Service, and is sometimes referred to as the “Nemo Bridge Trail.”. The Table is easier to see in winter when the surrounding trees have no leaves. Stay on the road for the next mile. Distance: 1.3 miles one-way Difficulty: Easy Elevation Change: 450 feet gain and loss Cautions: No access on the northern end of completed section. 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. Hikers must wear florescent clothing to maintain visibility to hunters in the area during hunting seasons. Mile 4.8 (9.3) Cross a 26-foot-long bridge over an unnamed branch of the Obed. (Richie) 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. #cumberlandtra, First Amazing Capture Soddy Daisy... 2nd Stinging, This is something we want to see more of. Mile 1.0 (13.1)  At a trail intersection, a side path on the left leads 170 feet to Blueberry Bluff. The CT is open year-round in the corridor of the national river from Alley Ford to Nemo Bridge. The Obed River Section ends here at Rock Creek Campground but also may be accessed at the Nemo Picnic Area and River Access area on the other side of the river. (Note: Fire Tower Road turns into Otter Creek Road shortly after entering Catoosa WMA). Mile 12.1 (2.0)  Reach top of a berm from the strip mine and cross a small footbridge over mine drainage. Mile 3.7 (10.4) The trail dips off the railroad bed, crosses a stream, then returns onto railbed. This railbed seems to have been a spur off the 23-mile Morgan Fentress Railroad. Mile 7.2 (6.9) Cross an old roadbed and continue ascending. Later more advanced tribes, with developed agriculture, used the region as a seasonal hunting and fishing ground and often camped in these shelters. Stay on the road for the next mile. For camping, reservations must be made through recreation.gov. Passing through lands surrounding the federally designated Obed Wild and Scenic River, this segment of the Cumberland Trail will connect with the proposed Crab Orchard Mountain Segment to the south and the Frozen Head Segment to the north, when connecting trail is completed. Time Travel Alert:  Be aware that the southern trailhead at Devil’s Breakfast Table is in Central Time and the Nemo Bridge Trailhead at the north is in Eastern Time. Approximately 35 acres located off Hwy 70 West just past the entrance to the Cumberland County Community Complex. The restoration of the oak savanna will create habitat for wildlife and improve the soil. To stay on the CT, continue straight; another rock shelter is just past the nature trail turnoff. (Note: Fire Tower Road turns into Otter Creek Road shortly after entering Catoosa WMA). At the bottom, turn right on an old railroad bed. And April to first week of May, on most days. As the trail continues along the bluff, a large grove of hemlocks stands on the left. (Richie), Obed River Section (Don Deakins) Obed will begin a new volunteer program in 2021 called the "Obed Trail Keeper Program." Observe hunting calendar before hiking in Catoosa WMA. Start at the 2nd parking lot on your left. These can be small pockets or large rooms found below the rim of the plateau. Time Travel Alert: Be aware that the southern trailhead at Devil’s Breakfast Table is in Central Time and the Nemo Bridge Trailhead at the north is in Eastern Time. Mile 7.1 (7.0) Descend to a small stream, then follow the trail climbing to the right. Mile 9.9 (4.2)  A side trail on the left leads 50 ft to BreakAway Bluff. Bridge at Devil’s Breakfast Table / Daddys Creek Trailhead. The residents who remained in the area became dependent upon open grazing of their livestock for a living. The trail can only be accessed from the paved trail in the Obed River Park. Legend has it that the Obed was named after Obediah Terrell, a longhunter who passed through the area in the late 18th century. These trees flourish in the moist cool areas that are created in the deep coves of the gorge. Day after day they go ou, @peytongupton Peavine to McGinnis Branch to, @waterfallshiker #cumberlandtrail #ctc #piney, Black eyed Susan Continue seven miles through Catoosa WMA and turn left at intersection with large sign to exit the WMA on Nemo Road. As an incentive, donors could have a plaque placed on a bridge of their choosing. Turn left to take an eroded roadbed 0.2 mile to Alley Ford. The trail with two big boulders across from the parking area is not he CT. Distance: 14.1 miles one-way. Click to Enlarge. The trail makes “S” curves out of the Obed River Gorge to top of the plateau. Mile 10.3 (3.8)  Turn left onto an old roadbed, and descend 110 ft to turn right off the road. 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). Dogs are also able to use this trail. After crossing a small drainage, the trail begins to level off. Mile 11.8 (2.3) Cross a footbridge over a stream and begin ascending to a strip mine. Eventually the Cumberland Trail (CT) will pass through the river’s Nemo Access on its way from Cumberland Gap in the northeast to Chattanooga in the southeast. Obed River Park Trails. Mile 0.7 (13.4) A “rock house” is on the right. At top of the hill, walk straight to the old highway bridge, replaced by a new adjacent bridge. Overview: 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). A weekend backpacking trip on the Cumberland Trail...this time i explore the Wild and Scenic Obed River section. Eastern TN. 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.. Bridge over Turkey Creek (Mark Stanfill). Many of the large hemlocks remain due to the difficulty of getting to them by the loggers. 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. From the Daddys Creek Trailhead, hike 200 ft up the road and enter straight into woods where posts are placed in the ground. Cumberland Mountain Segment — 11.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult New River Segment — 40.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate Frozen Head Segment — 20.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment — 15.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult Grassy Cove Segment — 12.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate The 2.6 mile portion of the Nemo Bridge Trail is open year-round. Proceed another 11 miles after entering the WMA to Daddys Creek and the Devils Breakfast Table. 08-25-2020: The Suck Creek Bridge off Hwy 27 (near Mushroom Rock) in Prentice Cooper State Forest is washed out. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers and pioneers. 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. Difficulty: Strenuous. This event was originally scheduled for February 21 but was postponed due to heavy snow and ice. Best nearby. #cumberlandtra, First Amazing Capture Soddy Daisy... 2nd Stinging, This is something we want to see more of. Continue to a four-way stop and go straight. Continue 19 miles to Wartburg. 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. 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 river valleys are dotted with huge boulders that have broken from the cliff faces. Intermediate/Difficult. 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. The trail with two big boulders across from the parking area is not he CT. As of 2016 hunting season the CT through CWMA is open for thru hiking year-round. This area is also popular with people swimming and fishing during the summer months. Bill and Lee Russell were two of the few who had explored the gorges and took up the cause of defending the Obed. Obed In some areas along the trail, the hiker can see evidence of their rooting, which destroys native plants and damages the trail. Men working these mines did not have room to stand straight; so they would kneel or bend down to work the mine. 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. Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) and Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting the annual Cumberland Trail work day on Saturday, March 21. A plaque on the bridge honors Janet Roe Parvin and Bret Edward Parvin. Bridge over Turkey Creek (Mark Stanfill) Observe hunting calendar before hiking in Catoosa WMA. —Mark Stanfill. These trees flourish in the moist cool areas that are created in the deep coves of the gorge. The primitive campground has 12 sites and pit toilets, but no water … Don’t miss the quick hike to the Lilly Bluff Overlook, where you’ll get stunning views of the area for minimal effort. To stay on the CT, continue straight; another rock shelter is just past the nature trail turnoff. Mile 8.7 (5.4) The trail crosses a drainage that is a large muddy area caused by ATVs and wild hog activity. This is one of the few places that has reliable water, but treat all water before drinking. 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. Mile 1.9 (12.2)  Moderately descend to below the bluff wall through a break. Drive an additional two miles to the Rock Creek Campground and Nemo Trailhead on the left or continue across the bridge to the Nemo Picnic Area and River Access parking. The southern end of this section can be reached by entering the Catoosa WMA on Firetower Road. This iconic bluff is what the Cumberland Trail is all about. 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. Trailhead is about 200 feet farther up the dirt road. 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 7.5 (6.6)  Turn left into the woods. Breakaway Bluff (Mark Stanfill) Passing through lands surrounding the federally... Cumberland Trail - Obed Wild & Scenic River Segment Site Managed by Legacy Parks Foundation Mile 2.7 (11.4)  Pass another rock shelter. 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. Mile 4.3 (9.8) Cross a rock ledge with three metal pins protruding out of rock. 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. Law prohibits digging for arrows or artifacts in any of these shelters because it destroys the archaeological record. 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. (Note: Fire Tower/Otter Creek Road becomes Hebbertsburg Road after crossing the bridge over Daddys Creek. The trail is lined with mountain laurel that blooms in May and June. Later more advanced tribes, with developed agriculture, used the region as a seasonal hunting and fishing ground and often camped in these shelters. Graveled parking is on the right with room for about a dozen vehicles at Daddy’s Creek Trailhead. Mile 0.7 (13.4)   A “rock house” is on the right. This is also the boundary of Catoosa WMA managed by TWRA as the CT enters the corridor of the Obed Wild and Scenic River managed by the National Park Service. Elevation Change: 1,200 feet gain and loss TO NEMO BRIDGE Camping: Alley Ford at Mile 11.7 (2.4), Rock Creek Campground at Mile 14.1 (0.0), no back country camping is permitted in Catoosa WMA However, hikers may not drive into the Catoosa WMA during hunting days. Mile 12.4 (1.7) Leave the road on the left to go around a slide area. Tennessee Valley Authority’s Wind Turbines, American beautyberry, is an open-habitat, native s. When the Waterfall isn’t Falling. The rhododendron are full of blooms in June. However, hikers may not drive into the Catoosa WMA during hunting days. Mile 3.7 (10.4)  The trail dips off the railroad bed, crosses a stream, then returns onto railbed. As an incentive, donors could have a plaque placed on a bridge of their choosing. Tennessee Valley Authority’s Wind Turbines, American beautyberry, is an open-habitat, native s. When the Waterfall isn’t Falling. Maryetta Trail. The trail climbs up and down through rock talus fields for the next mile. Mile 10.9 (3.2) Leave the rocky area and begin to descend on gradual switchbacks. 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). 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. These talus slopes of rock are usually found at breaks in the bluff wall or along water drainages. Mile 9.4 (4.7)  After crossing another stream, the trail turns right at an old homeplace. Mile 0.9 (13.2) Ascend rock steps through a break in the bluff created by a drainage that the trail crosses. 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). They would then scoop up the coal, load it on trucks, and transport it out of the area. The stretch of trail northeast from Devil’s Breakfast Table for 8 or so miles was constructed with the help of Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility and CTC volunteers. CUMBERLAND TRAIL "Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment" Country: United States: State: Tennessee: Nearby Town: Wartburg: Rating: Directions: The Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center is located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg, Tennessee. Many committed individuals such as Tad and Diane contributed to making such land purchases possible. 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 1.6 (12.5)  The trail reaches another side trail on the left that leads 400 ft to Morgans Overlook with views north up Daddy’s Creek Gorge. Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment. Now the railbed is overgrown with small hemlocks and small trenches where the rail ties use to be. 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. Follow the road for 200 ft and leave the road on the right. This segment of the Cumberland Trail was one of several pocket wilderness areas developed by the Hiwassee Land Company of the Bowater Southern Paper Corporation and later deeded to the State of Tennessee. 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. 1,266′ N36°03.523 W84°47.548) (Trailhead is in Central Time Zone) No overnight parking. The trail stays below the bluff for the next 0.7 mile. 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. Named by volunteers during the first Spring BreakAway™ Program that worked on this section of trail in 1998, BreakAway Bluff looks down into the gorge of the Obed. Carry a conventional watch. The trail makes “S” curves out of the Obed River Gorge to top of the plateau. The upland trail is easier to travel with a few small climbs in and out of minor drainages for the next mile. 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. down load the Hunters guide from the TWRA web site HERE. Take the right to continue on the CT through the upland hardwood forest. 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. The Obed WSR sports several unique trails for hikers, most notably the Point Trail and a portion of the Cumberland Trail. Mile 13.5 (0.6) Cross a footbridge over a drainage. 5 Other Attractions within 0.75 miles. Topographic Maps:  Hebbertsburg and Lancing Quadrangles, Northern Terminus:  Nemo Trailhead in Rock Creek Campground (N36°04.242 W84°39.880) or Nemo Picnic Area and River Access (El. (Richie). At the bottom, turn right on an old railroad bed. 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. The northern end of this section can be reached from Wartburg on Catoosa Road to Nemo Bridge. Day after day they go ou, @peytongupton Peavine to McGinnis Branch to, @waterfallshiker #cumberlandtrail #ctc #piney, Black eyed Susan Obed River Section. Cumberland Mountain State Park Trails. The steep ravines and gorges have kept a few areas from being logged, and, thus, there are several areas where old growth trees occur. The Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment covers 15.3 miles of rugged terrain along the Cumberland Trail. Click on the links below to get detailed trail descriptions. Pay attention to these turns since they may be easy to miss as you watch your step. This is the first of many rock shelters as the trail skirts below the bluff. Take I-40 Exit 347 and go north on Hwy 27 through Harriman. The Rain House is the largest rock shelter on this section of trail. The Obed River drains east to the Emory River near Nemo Bridge. Graveled parking is on the right with room for about a dozen vehicles at Daddy’s Creek Trailhead. The beauty of the Obed River Gorge was once almost lost forever. Mile 10.1 (4.0)  Turn left onto a roadbed; proceed 250 ft to turn left off the road. Overview: This forest is a mix of tulip poplar, holly, red maple, white oak, hickory, and walnut. For specific hunting dates in Catoosa WMA, contact the Region III WMA Office at 1-800-262-6704. or down load the Hunters guide from the TWRA web site HERE. This process is much more destructive than the shaft mining technique, but requires fewer workers and mines more coal. Turn left to take an eroded roadbed 0.2 mile to Alley Ford. The rock walls that form the canyons in Clear Creek and the Obed River … Highlights include views from overlooks, rock formations, and swimming holes. Zoom in to see details and current status of trails. When the white man arrived, long-hunters also used the rock houses as shelter. Take I-40 Exit 322, go north on Peavine Road/101 North for 1.8 miles to Firetower Road. To improve grass production, frequent fires were set and often raged unchecked across the land. Mile 1.6 (12.5) The trail reaches another side trail on the left that leads 400 ft to Morgans Overlook with views north up Daddy’s Creek Gorge. Rock steps go back up to another railroad bed; turn left. Even though many escaped the saw, it is doubtful that these trees will be around much longer. During the years of logging, the Tennessee Mineral & Lumber Co. began leasing lands after the timber was removed and suitable for crops and livestock grazing. Soon after another roadbed intersects the trail on the left, continue straight. Notice the rock foundations that once supported a railroad bridge crossing of the stream. When first conceived, the Cumberland Trail was expected to turn south from the Obed River and run through the Lone Mountain State Forest. Continue a gradual switchback climb. The trail stays below the bluff for the next 0.7 mile. Cumberland Trail. Florescent, high visibility clothing required in this area. But the fight to protect the Obed is still not complete. Daddy’s Creek Gorge can be seen from the overlook; the creek drains eastward to the Obed River. “ Beautiful but strenuous trail. #cumberlandtrail Mile 12.4 (1.7)  Leave the road on the left to go around a slide area. Mile 11.7 (2.4)  Reach the trail intersection leading to Alley Ford. The Table is easier to see in winter when the surrounding trees have no leaves. Now the railbed is overgrown with small hemlocks and small trenches where the rail ties use to be. Mountain laurel and blueberry bushes grow on both sides of the trail. Enter the park from West Avenue. Still amazing! Continue descending to the Obed River. 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