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Nemo Bridge Trail At Obed


This photograph (above, modified) and information (below) is from a public informational placard on site.

After the Civil War, saw and grist mills emerged in Tennessee’s Morgan and Cumberland counties. Corn meal, flour, logs, and other goods from the early lumber and pulp industries were shipped along this bridge.

The Cincinnati Southern Railway was built across the Cumberland Plateau here at Nemo in the 1870s. It became part of the Southern Railway system in the late 1890s. Many small extensions like the Catoosa Railroad were built to tap timber, coal, and other natural resources.

The epic flood of 1929 destroyed the means by which workers made a living, ripping up railway lines and washing away virtually every mill and building in its path – just as America sank into the Great Depression.

The Hike

I recently visited Wartburg, Tennessee, where I enjoyed a 5 mile (roundtrip) hike along the Nemo Bridge Trail to Alley Ford. Located in the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, the trailhead begins at the Rock Creek Campground and continues 14.2 miles to the distant Devils Breakfast Table.

The hike to Alley Ford is rated as moderately difficult with several changes in elevation. There is also a very rocky downhill section of the trail near the end which requires deliberate footing. It was a cold 30-degrees when I began the hike, along which I encountered layers of rain-soaked leaves, creating slippery conditions and, periodically, effectively camouflaging the trail.

Along the way I enjoyed seeing many different sandstone cliffs, colorful autumn foliage, a large group of wild turkeys, and, at the end, the Obed River. Due to recent rains, though, many of the river-rocks otherwise visible at Alley Ford were covered in water.



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9 responses to “Nemo Bridge Trail At Obed”

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks – glad you like it!

  1. tiffanyarpdaleo Avatar

    Absolutely gorgeous hike, I’m loving the Fall colored leaves!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Tiffany ~ it was a bit chilly, but the changing leaves & rock formations were a real treat 🙂

  2. Felipe Adan Lerma Avatar

    What an incredible history to the area, Phil – and in such incredibly beautiful land! Great captures & hiking post, Phil! 😊

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Felipe – glad you like it! The trail & sights along the hike that day were a real treat!

      1. Felipe Adan Lerma Avatar

        I envy you but am also so glad you’re able to share these areas of beauty with us 😊

  3. Harshi Avatar

    Amazing pictures, Phil! 😍

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks very much, dear Harshi ~ I appreciate your kind words, and wish for you a wonderful day! 🤗🌹

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