Obed Rafting Trip with trash collection on Saturday, March 25

Boaters are invited to join TCWP, in cooperation with the National Park Service, for a whitewater clean-up trip down the Obed River on Saturday, March 25.  The outing, from Devil’s Breakfast Table to Nemo Bridge (water levels permitting), will include trash collection coordinated with the National Park Service using garbage rafts to remove trash along the river.

TCWP has arranged for there to be a limited number of seats on privately-guided rafts.  Rafters must be 18 years old or over, and have a moderately high level of physical fitness and stamina.  The trip will include a portage over large boulders.  The difficulty level of this outing is high, and participants are encouraged to consider carefully their fitness and stamina before undertaking this trip.

Pre-registration for a raft seat is required by Monday, March 20.  The weather and river conditions are unpredictable, and decisions about the nature of the trip will likely be made the Friday evening before the clean-up.  If water levels do not permit collecting trash from the river, there will be mini-cleanups at various put ins.

A small number of wet suits are available to loan participants, if needed.  Participants should wear wicking fabric and should not wear cotton clothes, and will need to bring lunch and water.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Sandra Goss at 865-583-3967 or via email at   Participants will meet at 9:00 a.m. Eastern at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitors Center in Wartburg.  A carpool will leave from Oak Ridge at around 8:15.

Garlic Mustard Pull/Wildflower Walk – Saturday, April 8

The Greenway behind Oak Ridge’s Rolling Hills Apartments
(formerly known as the Garden Apartments) is one of
the best wildflower trails in Anderson County, but it is
threatened by garlic mustard, a very invasive exotic that
crowds out native plants. TCWP and Greenways Oak Ridge
have been making headway in recent years in ridding the
trail of this harmful plant. Volunteers are needed to help
with the effort again this year. We will meet at 10 a.m. at the rear parking lot (near the woods) behind 101-135 West Vanderbilt Drive. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothes, and bring water, food/snacks, and a digging spike or similar tool if you own one. Naturalist Kris Light will lead our wildflower walk again this year.

For more information, contact Sandra Goss at 865-583-3967 or via email at