28-Dec-2003 -- Tennessee has two “drive by” degree confluence points, one urban and one rural. The rural roadside CP sits on the Cumberland Plateau in Cumberland County, just east of Genesis Road. Located just a figurative stone’s throw from middle of three Crossville exits off of Interstate Highway 40, 36N 85W is easy to reach and is the most often visited of the state’s even dozen CP’s. It is a literal stone’s throw, almost a stone’s drop, from the pavement, certainly less than ten meters.
In addition to providing access to this CP, Genesis Road also serves as a “Gateway to the Obed Wild and Scenic River”. Some of the wildest country and the cleanest water in the state can be found in the Obed and its tributaries. The spirit of unspoiled and free mountain rivers and streams is alive and well in this relatively new park area. For those who want a touch of wilderness in a rugged landscape, the Obed area offers one of the best opportunities in all of Tennessee. [For others not so inclined, the site’s other local attraction is the Stonehaus Winery, found right at the interstate exit, but unfortunately closed the day of our visit.]
We visited at the start of winter, but with an average of 13 clear days, and a daily temperature range from 43 to 70 degrees F., October would seem the perfect month to be in the area.