Obed River
Obed River Obed River © Byron Jorjorian

Places We Protect

Obed River Preserve


Carved by the Obed River, spectacular gorges cut deeply into the imposing sandstone bluffs of the Cumberland Plateau.


Obed Wild and Scenic River consists of sections of four different streams--Daddys Creek, Clear Creek, Emory River, and the Obed--within one watershed. Together these waterways have created a rugged landscape of wild land and water found in relatively few places East of the Mississippi.

Cutting deeply into the sandstone of the Cumberland Plateau, the Obed and its tributaries have carved spectacular gorges 500 feet deep. Huge sandstone boulders and overhanging bluffs shelter visitors today as they protected the Native Americans who once made these narrow river valleys their home.

Morgan County

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Tennessee Chapter acquired this preserve in the 1980s as a gift from the landowner.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The Obed Wild and Scenic River was added to the National Park Service by Act of Congress in 1976. The 77-acre preserve is managed by the National Park Service as part of the Obed Wild & Scenic River corridor.  

Working with the Tennessee Hemlock Conservation Partnership and private landowners, The Nature Conservancy has treated more than 100 hemlock trees on this property to protect them from the woolly adelgid, which is deadly to hemlocks. Together with the Hemlock Partnership and private landowners, we are working to keep this destructive pest in check. Read more about The Nature Conservancy's hemlock protection work in Tennessee.