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If you're inclined to try "bouldering" at Stone Preserve, read these suggestions, tips, and guidelines provided by the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition. Love water sports? Check out the nearby Obed Wild and Scenic River for fishing, paddling, and more. View All
Totaling 66 acres and famous for its large sandstone boulders—some as large as houses—Stone Preserve is The Nature Conservancy's newest protected property in Tennessee. This scenic site was generously donated to the Conservancy by Dr. Fred and Helen Stone and is located in Morgan County, near the Lilly's Bluff overlook of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. The cool and shady forests of Stone Preserve provide habitat for several species of salamanders and song birds, such as Swainson's warbler.
Stone Preserve is popular with climbers who enjoy "bouldering," or climbing boulders without the aid of climbing gear. Contact East Tennessee Climbers Coalition (ph: 865-566-6547) and The Southeastern Climbers Coalition (email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Check out these photographs taken by acclaimed nature photographer Byron Jorjorian.
The large sandstone boulders at Stone Preserve provide a beautiful natural setting for the popular sport, "bouldering," or rock climbing without the use of formal rock climbing gear. While there are no official hiking trails as of yet established at Stone Preserve, there are some meandering paths through the woods, including those that lead to popular "bouldering" spots.
The pine and hardwood forests and the large boulders at the preserve are home to a variety of wildlife, including several salamander species. Visitors might catch a glimpse of a red-spotted newt or green salamander during a trip to Stone Preserve.
For more recreational opportunities, including paddling, rock climbing, hiking, and fishing, check out the nearby Obed Wild and Scenic River. (Visit the National Park Service's Obed Wild and Scenic River website for more information.)
The weather at Stone Preserve varies by season but be sure to bring plenty of water, regardless of the season, especially if you plan to go "bouldering."
If you intend to go "bouldering" at Stone Preserve, review the following guidelines about climbing in the Obed Wild and Scenic River region (near Stone Preserve) published by the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition:
ETHICS– A general code of behavior that when violated will result in shame, guilt, sleepless nights, being the butt of jokes and may cause closure of the Obed for rock climbing.
2. TOP ROPING
4. FIXED GEAR
6. CHIPPING OR MANUFACTURING OR GLUE/BOLT ON HOLDS
7. TOPPING OUT
8. TREES AND VEGETATION
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OBED WILD AND SCENIC RIVER– If you want to try paddling, rock climbing, hiking, or fishing on the Obed Wild and Scenic River, which abuts Stone Preserve, explore the National Park Service's Obed Wild and Scenic River website for more detailed information.
From Nashville (approx. 141 miles - 2 hrs., 35 min.)
Take I-40 east towards Knoxville. Take Crossville exit 320 onto TN-298/Genesis Rd. Turn left on TN-298 N/Genesis Rd and continue until it ends at TN-62 E/Nashville Hwy. Turn right on TN-62 E/Nashville Hwy. Go approximately 2-3 miles and turn right on Ridge Road. There should be a brown govt. sign for Obed Wild and Scenic River - Lilly’s Access at the corner of TN-62 and Ridge Road. Stay on Ridge Road, cross over Clear Creek, and go up hill to Lilly’s Bluff Parking Area on left. Turn into National Park Service's Lilly’s Bluff Overlook Parking area.
From Knoxville (approx. 69 miles - 1 hr., 23 min.)
Take I-40 west towards Nashville. Take Harriman exit 350 toward Harriman/Midtown. Turn right onto TN-29 N/Pine Ridge Rd. Turn right onto TN-29 N/US-27 N/S Roane St. Take TN-29 N/US-27 N toward Wartburg. Go through Wartburg on US-27 N and turn left onto TN-62 W/Nashville Hwy. Go approximately 4 miles and turn left on Ridge Road. Look for a brown government sign for Obed Wild and Scenic River - Lilly’s Access at the corner of TN-62 and Ridge Road. Stay on Ridge Road, cross over Clear Creek, and go up hill to Lilly’s Bluff Parking Area on left. Turn into National Park Service's Lilly’s Bluff Overlook Parking area.