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Elevation: 1,191 ft 363 m
GPS: 36.11659, -84.7317
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The confluence of Clear Creek and the Obed River is home to a series of beautiful sandstone cliff bands providing some of the best sport climbing in the Southeast. Just bring a rack of draws, a stick clip (high first bolts are commonplace in these parts), and guns (double entendre intended). The rock here is Cumberland Plateau sandstone, and the sedimentary layering of the rock tends to form huge horizontal roofs, jugs, and slopers. The rock is generally bullet hard and provides good friction. Climbing happens year-round — chase the shade or sun depending on the season.

The Lilly Pad Hopyard & Brewery is the place to go when you're done climbing for the day. Del has expanded the brewery quite a bit and now has three bathrooms with running water sinks in each, as well as hot showers. Camping is $15 per person, reserved in advance which includes one free beer and showers. Marte serves up a rotating menu of delicious food to go along with the on-tap beers, and you can even get cans to go. Guidebooks are available for sale here, along with some other items from different local producers. 

There is a new campground a few minutes from the Lilly Pad- Clear Creek Campground. It's owned by Nathaniel Armes, a friend of the Scruggs family. The campground is located at 259 AJ Armes Rd. Lancing, TN 37770. You can also go to the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking lot (where you park for the boulder field) and follow the white "Camping" signs. The sites are $10 per person per night. Payable by cash in a drop box or Venmo- check out the sign by the portapotty when you get there. There is more information on the Lilly Pad website- lillypadhopyardbrewery.com

Getting There Suggest change

About an hour NW of Knoxville. Take highway 27 North through Harriman and Wartburg. Take a left onto highway 62 and follow this windy road through the town of Lancing. After about three miles, turn left again on Ridge Road. This road brings one to the Obed and Clear Creek after only a few miles. For more specific directions, see the area pages.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Obed & Clear Creek

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V4 6B
 103
Hemlock Arete
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 405
Best Seat In The House
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 332
Tarantella
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 397
Spawn
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 197
Pale Face
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 165
Whipper Snapper
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 168
Lounge Lizard
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 136
Tales of the Sperm
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 124
Saddam Hussein
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 261
Heresy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 100
Tieranny
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 175
Solstice
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 83
The Odyssey
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 89
Barbwire and Lingerie
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 92
Rage
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hemlock Arete Lilly Boulders > Hemlock Boulder
 103
V4 6B Boulder
Best Seat In The House S Clear Creek > Balcony
 405
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Tarantella Lilly Bluff
 332
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Spawn S Clear Creek > Image Wall
 397
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Pale Face S Clear Creek > Balcony
 197
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Whipper Snapper Lilly Bluff
 165
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lounge Lizard Lilly Bluff
 168
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tales of the Sperm Tieranny Roofs
 136
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Saddam Hussein N Clear Creek > Broom Wall/Rasputin L…
 124
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Heresy Lilly Bluff
 261
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Tieranny Tieranny Roofs
 100
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Solstice S Clear Creek > Solstice Cave
 175
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Odyssey Y- 12
 83
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Barbwire and Lingerie Y- 12
 89
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Rage S Clear Creek > Stephen King Library
 92
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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