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Obed--Clear Creek

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About Obed--Clear Creek:

Clear Creek

Clear Creek is slowly becoming one of the more popular crags in the South. Every time I strike up a climb with an Out of Towner at Clear Creek, it's the same story.

"Yeah man, this is one of the best sport climbing crags I've never heard of!

Clear Creek climbing area lays above the confluence of Clear Creek and The Obed River. From Point Buttress you can catch an incredible view of the rivers. If looking at the River from Point Buttress, everything to your right is North Clear, Everything to your left is South Clear, and everything under you is Middle Clear.

The Majority of the climbing here happens in South Clear at stellar walls such as Image Wall, Solstice Cave, Stephen King Library, and The Balcony. These are almost exclusively Sport Climbing areas, so leave the rack at home.

There are many good lines in North Clear as well, including the atypical trad line Alpine Dihedral*** (5.8)

Grab your gear and head on down to try out some cragging at one of the best areas you've never heard of! You won't be dissapointed.

Nearest town or city: Wartburg
Directions: Take Hwy. 27 North out of Wartburg. At the end of a long hill, take a HARD left to contine downhill. Follow the curvy road for several miles. About two miles after the railroad tracks, look for a brown gov't sign reading "Obed," and take a left onto a small country road. When the road makes a hard right after a big cow pasture and begins to head downhill, look for Doc Howard road on the left. Take your first right off of Doc Howard into a dirt parking lot. If you end up at Lily Bridge, you missed Doc Howard road. THIS PARKING LOT IS PRIVATE PROPERTY! NO CAMPING, AND MAKE A DONATION! Follow the trail at the far end of the parking lot for about 20 minutes, until it takes you down a very steep hill and puts you at the bottom of the cliffs. If you head right (west) here, you will end up at Blue Crystal and the Inner Circle. Heading left (east) will take you to Stephen King's Library, the Balcony, and the rest of South Clear.
Latitude, Longitude: 36.10090, -84.70900
Access Issues:
Camping: Yes
When to Climb:
Quantity of Climbs: Year

Forum Discussions (See all 21 posts )

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Question about route in Stephen King Library - not in guidebook? Express 0 Oct 25 2010, 11:31 AM
No Replies Hostel opening at the Obed obedriverhostel 0 Aug 25 2010, 6:49 PM
With Replies camping near Obed teebag80 10 Aug 30 2011, 12:33 PM
No Replies Video Directions to Obed South Clear adamcsays 0 Dec 05 2009, 2:10 PM
With Replies camping/ great bar marc3800 1 Apr 12 2009, 11:25 AM
With Replies Stephen King Library Seeping? Tipton 1 Mar 26 2009, 6:31 AM
With Replies Winter Climbing in the Obed bgsimmons 3 Dec 30 2008, 6:46 PM
No Replies Anchors on Dude climbs like a lady? hyongx 0 Nov 26 2008, 6:47 PM
With Replies Cabin or B&B near Obed (Wartburg, TN)? poomasta 4 Mar 25 2008, 9:05 PM
With Replies name/grade of South Clear trad climb? hyongx 2 Jun 24 2007, 7:00 AM
No Replies yurt... srfrcrux 0 Apr 15 2007, 6:29 PM
With Replies TN Guidebooks froadman 5 May 10 2011, 5:06 PM
With Replies Intermediate sport routes; Foster Falls or Clear Creek ncrockclimber 1 Jul 31 2006, 7:03 AM
With Replies Memorial Day Weekend at The Obed bcombs 1 May 25 2006, 7:06 AM
With Replies First time to Obed janace 8 Oct 21 2005, 1:13 PM