Wartburg, TN (2017-12-24) Get out and explore YOUR park. The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a trail run on Saturday, December 30, at 1:00 p.m. (ET). Rangers Rick Ryan and Veronica Greear welcome runners of all levels for this out-and-back trail run on the Point Trail to Lilly Arch for a round-trip total of four miles. If you like to run with others and enjoy single-track trail running in a woodland setting, then this run is for you.
Along the way, the trail crosses Melton Mill Branch on a bridge nestled deep within the hush of the hemlock forest canopy and green walls of mountain laurel and rhododendron. The trail culminates on an exposed ridge that offers panoramic views above the gorges of the Obed River and Clear Creek. A hidden gem is found near the end of the trail: the Lilly Arch rising almost 50 feet from its base to its top. With the distant sounds of rushing water resonating off of the canyon walls, this run will be a nice way to finish 2017.
Participants should meet at the Lilly Overlook parking area. The parking area is located just after crossing the Lilly Bridge on Ridge Road in Morgan County, Tennessee. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring water and snacks. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours for this trail run. For more information, please contact the visitor center at (423) 346-6294.