NEARBY TOWNS AND AMENITIES
The closest town is Lancing, but there isn’t much there as it is a community and a post office. Wartburg, a 20-minute drive, is a bigger small town which offers beer, groceries, a few restaurants and gas.
Harriman and Oak Ridge are both about 40 minutes and offer more stops than what Wartburg can offer. Both have theatres and more restaurants and are worth the drive if you wish to purchase specialty items or higher end bourbon and beer.
If showering is a priority, both Harriman and Oak Ridge have private gyms at which day passes can be purchased. However, if you can convince the locals, I recommend trying the Hillbilly Hot Tub that is tucked away in the hills near the Lilly Pad. The water may be a bit stale, but nothing is as beautiful as a fire and hot tubbing combined. Do not try to find it on your own, you may get lost and shot by hunters.
Climbing related gear like chalk and tape can be purchased from the Lilly Pad (there is a little shop on site) and so can guidebooks. They have a few other staples if you need them and even rental bouldering pads. I wouldn’t recommend coming to the Obed expecting to purchase a new rope or draws. If you must, there is a outfitter in Knoxville which will be full of gear. You can also buy the l atest guidebook titled,
directly from Greener Grass Publishing, online. I highly recommend the guidebook; it is a beautiful product of labour and also benefits the local climbing scene.