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Cumberland Trail - Obed Wild & Scenic River Segment

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The Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment covers 14.2 miles of rugged terrain along the Cumberland Trail. This is the furthest southeastern segment that is included within the OutdoorKnoxville region. At present, this trail begins at the Nemo trailhead and incorporates the Obed's 2.5 mile Nemo Trail. The trail then extends an additional 10.5 miles to the Devil's Breakfast Trailhead, providing the hiker with a challenging and exhilarating thru-hike. Planning is currently underway to add another 4.0 miles to the segment.

NEMO BRIDGE TRAIL: This 14.2 mile one-way section of trail follows rugged terrain beginning at the Nemo trailhead, utilizing a 2.6 mile section of the Obed's Trails. The first 2.5 miles of trail are rated moderate with the next 2.5 as strenuous. The trail then extends an additional 10.5 miles to the Devil's Breakfast Trailhead. Future plans are underway to add another 4.0 miles. The trail glimpses rising bluffs and sections of the Emory and Obed Rivers. Along the hike to the top of the gorge there are the tailings of an old strip mine. Catch a stunning view of the Obed Gorge from the overlook atop the Break Bluff.

DEVIL'S BREAKFAST TABLE TRAIL: This 8.0 mile one-way section currently terminates deep inside Catoosa WMA at the end of the abandoned dinky rail line. From the trailhead, the trail travels on the right side of the road for 0.2 mile miles, crosses the road and dips down below the bluff into the Daddy's Creek Gorge with its lush rhododendron. The next mile will take you under sheer bluffs crossing many rock steps, hence the significance of the trail's nickname, "a trail of a thousand steps." Rising out of the canyon at 1.2 miles, you'll hike through an Appalachian cove forest that overlooks a ninety-foot sheer bluff cut by the cascading stream you'll be crossing. A side trail, Blueberry Bluff, presents views of Daddy's gorge — along, of course, with some blueberries during season. The main trail continues north 0.75 miles. Here you can take a side trail to Morgan's Overlook for views of Daddy's to the north. Back on the main trail, it will be another 0.4 miles to the Rain House, so named for the shelter that it gave to the builders of this trail on many a rainy day. 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.

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Hunting Closures: The Obed WSR Segment is CLOSED in the Catoosa Wildlife Managment Area during Big Game Hunts and during the months of February and March. However, the 2.6 mile portion of the Nemo Bridge Trail is open year-round. For more information and to check on current closures, check TWRA's hunting schedule or call Catoosa WMA at 800-262-6704 or Obed WSR at 423-346-6294.

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