Mile 1.6 (12.5) The trail reaches another side trail on the left that leads 400 ft to Morgans Overlook with views north up Daddy’s Creek Gorge. Strip mining occurred in the area during the ‘50s and ‘60s. Mile 5.9 (8.2)  The trail stays along the Obed River for the next quarter mile where there are nice beaches and swimming holes. Mile 0.0 (14.1)  On the west side of Daddy’s Creek and north of the bridge stands the rock formation called “Devil’s Breakfast Table,” a large flat rock balanced on a column of rock on the cliff overlooking the creek splashing through rapids. One of these is near Nemo where the Cumberland Trail crosses the Emory River. The river valleys are dotted with huge boulders that have broken from the cliff faces. This area is also popular with people swimming and fishing during the summer months. Mile 2.9 (11.2) The trail joins an old roadbed that was probably a logging road used in the early 1900s when this area was timbered. Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment. Because of the many rock steps along the section, the trail was given the name “trail of a thousand steps” by a group of spring BreakAway™ students who worked on the trail. Mile 0.7 (13.4)   A “rock house” is on the right. Difficulty: Strenuous. The tall sandstone bluffs that you pass provide shade for hemlock and rhododendron to grow and flourish in the recessed coves. Mile 1.9 (12.2) Moderately descend to below the bluff wall through a break. Soon after another roadbed intersects the trail on the left, continue straight. ), Bridge at Devil’s Breakfast Table / Daddys Creek Trailhead. Mile 10.1 (4.0)  Turn left onto a roadbed; proceed 250 ft to turn left off the road. Mile 0.2 (13.9)  The trail comes out on Firetower Road; go left 70 ft and enter woods across the road. At the bottom, turn right on an old railroad bed. Strip mining occurred in the area during the ‘50s and ‘60s. Pay attention to these turns since they may be easy to miss as you watch your step. Mile 8.1 (6.0) Cross a small stream and ascend back onto road; go left. The area eventually became interspersed with many small farms, whose occupants made their living working part time in the forests and mines and by unrestricted grazing of livestock in the area. The trail continues on through the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area and crosses over the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Cautions:  Many ascents and descents on loose rock steps; tall ledges at overlooks. These talus slopes of rock are usually found at breaks in the bluff wall or along water drainages. Go one mile and turn left on Hebbertsburg Road (no sign) and drive 2.5 miles to Devils Breakfast Table and Daddy’s Creek Trailhead parking. There were many temporary spurs off the main line that carried coal and lumber as these resources of the area were exploited. —Hiram Rogers. Turn left on Firetower Road where you will see the high voltage power lines on your left. The trail with two big boulders across from the parking area is not he CT. Overview: The restoration of the oak savanna will create habitat for wildlife and improve the soil. Blueberry Bluff (Mark Stanfill). As you continue on the trail you can see how the strip follows the contour of the mountain. Obed River Park Trails. Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail (a moderate 2.6-mile hiking trail) To learn more about the Obed Trail Keeper program, contact the park volunteer coordinator at: effie_houston@nps.gov, or (423) 569-9778. Mile 9.2 (4.9)  Cross a small stream and continue on the road. The rock walls that form the canyons in Clear Creek and the Obed River … The trail with two big boulders across from the parking area is not he CT. Carry a conventional watch. This is one of the few places that has reliable water, but treat all water before drinking. At present, there are two sections open to hiking. Since then, the Obed has been one of the few WSRs managed by the National Park Service. The large rock shelter that you come to is the Rain House; it was given the name by volunteers building the trail who sought refuge from rain on many occasions. Mile 8.1 (6.0)  Cross a small stream and ascend back onto road; go left. There are no amenities other than vault toilets. Obed Mile 11.4 (2.7)  A homemade “No Camping” sign reminds hikers that no camping is allowed. This iconic bluff is what the Cumberland Trail is all about. Mile 7.2 (6.9) Cross an old roadbed and continue ascending. The contribution was part of the Cumberland Trail Conferences 2000 Capital Campaign to purchase the gorges of Rock, Possum, and Soddy Creeks in Hamilton County. The trail remains on the railbed for the next 1.4 miles. Florescent, high visibility clothing required in this area. This is a significant change from previous policy. This was a section of a narrow-gauge extension of the Morgan and Fentress from Turkey Creek that extended eastward back into the Catoosa area to a point opposite the mouth of the Clear Fork River. Take I-40 Exit 347 and go north on Hwy 27 through Harriman. Distance: 14.1 miles one-way. Zoom in to see details and current status of trails. Florescent, high visibility clothing required in this area. It was a less costly process of extracting coal than the traditional coal mine. Tad and Diane Parvin are long-time active members of the Plateau Chapter of Tennessee Trails Association and Cumberland Trail Conference supporters who made a very generous memorial contribution in memory of Tad’s mother and brother. The trail originates at the Cumberland County Obed River Park, a county owned park facility that features three picnic shelters, restrooms, and a playground. Mile 3.2 (10.9)  Descend a rocky talus slope as the trail makes a couple of switchback turns. Tennessee Valley Authority’s Wind Turbines, American beautyberry, is an open-habitat, native s. When the Waterfall isn’t Falling. Take I-40 Exit 322, go north on Peavine Road/101 North for 1.8 miles to Firetower Road. Overview: Most of the Obed River Section is within the 82,000-acre Catoosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in Cumberland and Morgan Counties, which is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Mile 12.3 (1.8)  The trail leaves the berm onto a road after crossing the small footbridge over mine drainage. Many committed individuals such as Tad and Diane contributed to making such land purchases possible. Many committed individuals such as Tad and Diane contributed to making such land purchases possible. The stretch of trail northeast from Devil’s Breakfast Table for 8 or so miles was constructed with the help of Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility and CTC volunteers. Access on hunting days is only by the current trailhead at Nemo Bridge. Mile 9.9 (4.2)  A side trail on the left leads 50 ft to BreakAway Bluff. The narrow opening was just big enough for a small coal cart on tracks to get through. As the trail continues along the bluff, a large grove of hemlocks stands on the left. Then the trail works down into the gorge of Daddy's Creek as it winds its way steadily north to join the Obed River and connect with the Nemo Bridge Trail. The trail makes “S” curves out of the Obed River Gorge to top of the plateau. Hikers relying on cell phones to tell time are libel to pick up signals from towers in both time zones. According to the 2016-2017 TWRA Hunting Guide, page 56, Catoosa WMA is now open year-round for through hiking on the Cumberland Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail. In the early 1900s, this was a section of the Morgan & Fentress Railroad that ran 23 miles from Nemo to Obed Junction, which is located at the intersection of Daddys Creek and the Obed River. Approximately six additional miles of the Cumberland Trail are under construction as of 2016 on the west side of Daddys Creek from Devil’s Breakfast Table heading south to Peavine Road. Oak Savannah Recovery Area (Mark Stanfill). The following detailed topographic maps of the trail were created using TOPO! Mile 7.5 (6.6) Turn left into the woods. Mountain laurel and blueberry bushes grow on both sides of the trail. There were many temporary spurs off the main line that carried coal and lumber as these resources of the area were exploited. Continue 19 miles to Wartburg. Rock houses are formed when weaker rock erodes from the underside of the harder sandstone cap rock. Mile 4.1 (10.0)  Trail narrows as it passes through a rockslide on the railbed. At top of the hill, walk straight to the old highway bridge, replaced by a new adjacent bridge. Approximately 35 acres located off Hwy 70 West just past the entrance to the Cumberland County Community Complex. Obed will begin a new volunteer program in 2021 called the "Obed Trail Keeper Program." Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) and Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting the annual Cumberland Trail Work Day on Saturday, February 20. The trail stays below the bluff for the next 0.7 mile. The loop nature trail is 0.7 mile and on one side shares the CT into Rock Creek Campground. (Richie). Mile 4.5 (9.6)  Leave the railbed to the left and descend into Turkey Creek drainage. (Note: Fire Tower/Otter Creek Road becomes Hebbertsburg Road after crossing the bridge over Daddys Creek. 10 Restaurants within 0.75 miles. Mile 7.2 (6.9)  Cross an old roadbed and continue ascending. Mile 3.7 (10.4)  The trail dips off the railroad bed, crosses a stream, then returns onto railbed. Even now, much of the land to be acquired and included in the Obed WSR remains in private ownership due to lack of funding for these land purchases. The rock formation is said to have been named by one of the first settlers to the area in the early 1800s who said “Only the Devil would eat breakfast on a table like that,” referring to how it seems that the tabletop rock is barely balanced on the supporting rock and might at any moment tip over. —Mark Stanfill. The reason for these pins is unknown but presumably had something to do with the mining. These talus slopes of rock are usually found at breaks in the bluff wall or along water drainages. This is also the boundary of Catoosa WMA managed by TWRA as the CT enters the corridor of the Obed Wild and Scenic River managed by the National Park Service. 1,266′ N36°03.523 W84°47.548) (Trailhead is in Central Time Zone) No overnight parking. The plateau was so valued for its rich game resources, the Shawnees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, and Cherokees often disputed over hunting rights. The remaining trail to Alley Ford was built by CTC, and Breakaway™ college student volunteers. Volunteers should meet at Rock Creek Campground at 10:00 am (ET). Start at the 2nd parking lot on your left. “ Beautiful but strenuous trail. These rockslides were not uncommon, but when the rail line was operating, they were quickly cleared so the coal and lumber could get through. Volunteers should meet at Rock Creek Campground at 10:00 a.m. (EST). Obed River 1 (Don Deakins and Tom Dunigan) Obed River 2 (Don Deakins and Tom Dunigan) Obed River 3 (Don Deakins and Tom Dunigan) Obed River 4 (Don Deakins and Tom Dunigan) 919′ N36 04.135 W84 39.674) (Trailhead is in Eastern Time Zone). Daddy’s Creek Gorge can be seen from the overlook; the creek drains eastward to the Obed River. Mile 4.1 (10.0) Trail narrows as it passes through a rockslide on the railbed. Cautions: Many ascents and descents on loose rock steps; tall ledges at overlooks. This event was originally scheduled for February 21 but was postponed due to heavy snow and ice. 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