Get Out & Play: Take daddy to the creek!

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Looking for a fun and unique experience to share with your dad this Father’s Day? Located just 45 minutes from Knoxville, visit Daddy’s Creek, a beautiful section of the Cumberland Trail System offering opportunities for camping, hiking or paddling!

Daddy’s Creek is one of four streams that drain from the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Daddy’s Creek offers spectacular emerald green water and challenging whitewater for paddlers. Hidden in the seven-mile stretch between Antioch Bridge and Devils Breakfast Table lies Daddy’s Creek Canyon. This two-mile-long canyon is lined with awe-inspiring bluffs and fantastic class III-IV whitewater. Below Devils Breakfast Table, Daddy’s Creek moves down two swift miles of class II to the Obed. Putting in at Devils Breakfast Table is the most common way to paddle the Main Obed Canyon down to Nemo Bridge.

If you prefer to keep your feet on land, the 210-mile Cumberland Trail system offers more than 50 trail heads for the 12 segments and 26 sections. Once all trails are completed, the Cumberland Trail will extend more than 300 miles from Cumberland Gap National Historical Park to Chattanooga. Trails offer a unique wilderness experience and scenic views, waterfalls, gorges, and wildlife. The Crab Orchard Segment/Daddy’s Creek Section follows along Daddy’s Creek – this beautiful 7.5-mile moderate hike that boasts man-sized cairns, reflective pools, and an overlook of the Daddy’s Creek Gorge.

There are more than 20 camping areas along the Cumberland Trail system and one authorized overnight camping site beside Daddy’s Creek, 5.0 miles north of the at Hebbertsburg Road and 2.6 miles north of the connector trail junction. Camping reservations and permits can be obtained here.

If you can’t make the trek to Daddy’s Creek, visit the event calendar on and choose another adventure!

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