Elevation: 1,165 ft
GPS: 36.117, -84.732 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Nov 28, 2006 with 2 Suggestions
Admins: Kristy Tippey, saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough

Description

The confluence of Clear Creek and the Obed River are home of a series of beautiful sandstone cliff bands and 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.

There are several camping areas but by far the best is Del & Marti Scruggs' place, the Lilly Pad Hopyard Brewery. Del lives in the heart of the Obed and has quite a bit of land that he graciously offers to traveling climbers. His place is always evolving and now has a brewery, food truck, corn hole and bathrooms.

As you drive into the Obed, after passing Doc Howard Road on the left, Ridge Road drops steeply down to the Lilly Bridge. Just before this drop there is a mailbox and a gravel drive to the right. Turn here and bear left at the fork. Camping rules and the pay kiosk are on the left (the fee is $5 per person, per night). If you make use of this incredible resource please leave the area nicer than you found it and be considerate: The Scruggs live right amongst the "campsites" which are actually just pulloffs along their driveway. Make sure to bring food/beer/stories to share around the fire on weekends!

Getting There

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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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 282
Best Seat In The House
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 140
Christine
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 223
Tarantella
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 148
Ticks Are For Kids
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 267
Spawn
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 137
Pale Face
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 96
Whipper Snapper
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 84
Alchemy
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 102
Lounge Lizard
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 80
Tales of the Sperm
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 82
Saddam Hussein
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 100
Clyde the Mega Dude
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 178
Heresy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 63
Tieranny
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 123
Solstice
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Best Seat In The House S Clear Creek > Balcony
 282
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Christine S Clear Creek > Stephen King Library
 140
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Tarantella Lilly Bluff
 223
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ticks Are For Kids Lilly Bluff
 148
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Spawn S Clear Creek > Image Wall
 267
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Pale Face S Clear Creek > Balcony
 137
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Whipper Snapper Lilly Bluff
 96
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Alchemy S Clear Creek > Balcony
 84
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lounge Lizard Lilly Bluff
 102
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tales of the Sperm Tieranny Roofs
 80
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Saddam Hussein N Clear Creek > N Clear Creek
 82
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 2 pitches
Clyde the Mega Dude Lilly Bluff
 100
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Heresy Lilly Bluff
 178
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Tieranny Tieranny Roofs
 63
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Solstice S Clear Creek > Solstice Cave
 123
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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