Cumberland Trail - Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment - Memorial Day weekend

  • May 24, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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Let's hike the Obed Wild & Scenic River Segment of the Cumberland Trail, just north of Crossville, TN. This is 14 miles mostly in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area. Hunting season was over the first week of Many and hiking is allowed now.

You can print a trail description and maps from the CTC site--

http://cumberlandtrail.org/website/maps-and-guides/trail-segments/obed-wild-and-scenic-river/obed-river-segment/

We will need to stage vehicles on each end of this linear hike. Details to be arranged. The hike is relatively short, but does have several climbs and descents. Also, the trail may be overgrown due to Spring growth, so bring a pair of hand-clippers if you don't mind and be prepared to use as necessary.

It's about a 2.5-hour drive. We'll leave Saturday morning and be back Sunday late afternoon/evening, leaving your Memorial Day free.

Rob Connor led a Nashville Backpacker hike on this trail in May '12.  Here is the photo album--

http://www.meetup.com/NashvilleBackpacker/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=8239732

Link to register your vehicle for overnight parking at trailhead--

http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/camping/

Questions?  Suggestions?

Raymond 'Rain Man' Myers


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  • Raymond M.

    The trail turned out to be closer to 20 miles than to 14 miles as advertised, had numerous big blowdowns and lots of loose teeter-totter rock steps. Still, it was a fun group and I'm glad to have done it!

    1 · May 27

    • Fleetwood

      Eddy...thanks for the Hudson bay bread recipe...that was right on time toward the end of the hike.

      1 · May 28

    • Eddy and S.

      Fleetwood, glad you liked it. It is a bar that can give you some energy when you need it

      May 28

  • Fleetwood

    Great pics Ray! Thanks!

    May 26

    • Raymond M.

      You are very welcome. Everyone is invited to post if they have any they'd like to put up, ... with captions, of course. :)

      May 26

    • Debbie C.

      Of course! :-)

      May 26

  • Raymond M.

    I drove to both trailheads today and think we should simply drop off a vehicle or two at Daddy's Creek trailhead and drive to Nemo trailhead and hike back toward Daddy's Creek.

    May 23

    • Eddy and S.

      since you know where they are at I will just follow you

      May 23

    • Raymond M.

      Actually, with only 6 going now, I no longer need to drive, so I'll ride with you. :)

      May 24

  • Eddy and S.

    I will not be driving to Raymond's house since I would be back tracking I can fit 3 more people in my car if anyone wants to ride with me. You could meet at Raymond's and drive to my house and leave a car here

    May 23

    • Raymond M.

      Thanks, Eddy. Most will meet at my house and we'll stop off at yours to consolidate cars, or meet you at an exit. Will call in the morning. Today I'm hitting the road to Crossville to see a client and scope out the trailheads too if I have time, so not on the computer until this evening. Will have cell phone if anyone needs me.

      May 23

  • Eddy and S.

    I registered my car

    May 22

  • Raymond M.

    I spoke with the CT Park office this morning and also with the TWRA office. They both said we can do "dispersed leave-no-trace camping" along the CT in the Catoosa WMA, even though some info on the CTC website description says not. I plan for us to hike approximately half (7 miles, give or take) on Saturday and the other half on Sunday, camping where we find a nice place.

    We can get water from the Obed River or where we cross a couple of side streams (if not dry).

    The TWRA ranger advises we are likely to see ATVers and picnickers, as Memorial Day is a popular weekend. He also said he can't guarantee vehicle safety, but they have not had recent problems with break-ins.

    May 22

    • Raymond M.

      I just left it on the default (first) campsite, and put in the "Comments" section that we'd be camping along the Obed River segment.

      May 22

    • Raymond M.

      Debbie, they give you a list of campsites you have to pick from, and none are correct. Argh.

      May 22

  • Raymond M.

    We haven't settled on who's driving and who's riding, however I'm going to go ahead and list a new link for registering your vehicle to park overnight at a trailhead. If you know you're driving and leaving a car at a trailhead, you must register it at the link below. Put in the comments section that you are with the "Nashville Backpacker" group or the "Raymond Myers" group, or both.
    http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/camping/

    May 21

    • Eddy and S.

      which trailhead? Only Nemo Bridge is listed

      May 21

    • Raymond M.

      Eddy, we'll register for Nemo Bridge parking, even if we take some vehicles to Daddy's Creek trailhead. I think the problem is that the Cumberland Trail State Park rangers only actually require registration for trailheads in their jurisdiction. Daddy's Creek is in the Catoosa WMA jurisdiction of the TWRA. This is my guess as to why Daddy's Creek might not be in the online list. It's something they say they are working on.

      May 22

  • Debbie C.

    I would like to ride with someone if possible. I live in Franklin.

    May 22

  • Raymond M.

    Just FYI, in addition to the Cumberland Trail Conference web site, much info is being posted on or moved to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail website at
    http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/

    May 21

  • Eddy and S.

    sounds like a good trip. Where are you camping at?

    May 15

    • Sarah W.

      Are dogs on leashes allowed?

      May 20

    • Raymond M.

      Sarah, I'm guessing they are, BUT ... I always send folks with this question to the authorities for the correct answer: Cumberland Trail State Park
      220 Park Road
      Caryville, TN 37714
      [masked]
      M-F 8:00am – 4:30pm

      May 21

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