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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.

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