Paddling the Obed Wild and Scenic River

Although this is a web guide written by hikers for hikers, the best way to explore the Obed isn’t necessarily on foot.

Along with the tributaries of Daddy’s Creek and Clear Creek, the Obed River Wild and Scenic River (WSR) contains around 45 miles of the most scenic and challenging whitewater paddling in the Southeast and is known for near-continuous technical paddling.

Depending on water levels, most of the runs in the WSR are Class II or III, with some runs rated class IV. The creeks and rivers in the WSR should only be attempted by experienced whitewater paddlers. December to April is the only time of year when river levels are consistently high enough for paddling. −HR