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Obed River

Obed River
Obed River
Country United States
State Tennessee
 - right Little Obed River
Source southwest of Crossville in Cumberland County, Tennessee
 - elevation 1,860 ft (567 m) [1]
 - coordinates  [1]
Mouth Morgan County, Tennessee
 - elevation 846 ft (258 m) [1]
 - coordinates  [1]
Length 45 mi (72 km) [2]
Basin 520 sq mi (1,347 km2) [3]
Discharge for Alley Ford, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) above the mouth
 - average 1,062 cu ft/s (30 m3/s) (mean for water years 1957-1968, 1974-1983)[4]
 - max 105,000 cu ft/s (2,973 m3/s)
May 1973[4]
 - min .4 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
October 1963[4]
The Emory/Obed drainage basin

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.

The Obed River rises in Cumberland County, Tennessee, just south of Crossville. It is bridged by U.S. Highway 70 between downtown Crossville and the municipal airport, and meets its confluence with the Little Obed River near a bridge on U.S. Highway 70N and an abandoned railroad bridge which was formerly part of the rail system linking Nashville and Knoxville. Shortly thereafter, it is bridged by U.S. Highway 127 and Interstate 40. Except during periods of very high flow, the stream is scarcely visible from these bridges because of the depth of its gorge.


  • Obed Wild and Scenic River 1
  • Emory River confluence 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Obed Wild and Scenic River

From there the stream enters a rather remote area. After several miles it is bridged by State Route 298 (Genesis Road). From this point to its mouth it is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River along with Clear Creek and Daddys Creek.[5] Maintained by the National Park Service.

The direction of flow changes gradually from largely south to north to largely west to east. Shortly after crossing into

Emory River confluence

Several miles below the mouth of Clear Creek is the confluence with the Emory River. Although the Obed River is the larger of the two, the river takes the name of the Emory River below the confluence.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Obed River
  2. ^ Obed Wild and Scenic River, U.S. National Park Service website. Accessed: 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ Rodney Knight, William Wolfe, George Law, "Hydrologic Data for the Obed River Watershed, Tennessee, 2014, p. 1. U.S. Geological Survey website. Accessed: 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b c United States Geological Survey, Water Resources Data Tennessee: Water Year 1983, Water Data Report TN-83-1, p. 141. Gaging station 03539800.
  5. ^ "Obed River". National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 

External links

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River
  • Obed Watershed Community Association
  • Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA)
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