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Foster Falls Rock Climbing 

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Foster Falls is a major destination for sport climbing in the south. Near the town of Jasper (just west of Chattanooga), it features high-quality sandstone and challenging climbing in a pleasant locale. Though you might want to stay away in the hottest or coldest seasons, Foster's season is pretty much year-round.

If you're just getting started as a leader, you can hone your skills on a few easy routes like Gravity Boots (5.7) or Jacob's Ladder (5.8). But the real fun at Fosters begins at 5.9 with favorites such as Ankles Away or Twist and Shout, and doesn't stop till you get to the ferociously overhung 5.13 routes in the Bunkers sections. There's a little something for everyone at Fosters.

Amenities include camping (fee-based), picnic facilities and bathrooms at the parking lot. There's also hiking trails if you need a break from climbing, and in the summer you can cool off in the pool at the base of the falls.

For routes not covered on MountainProject, the Dixie Cragger's Atlas by Chris Watford is the definitive guidebook for Foster Falls.

Getting There 

From Chattanooga, head west on I-24 past Nickajack Lake and get off at exit 155 (about 20 miles). Head north following the signs to the town of Jasper. Passing through the town, follow the signs for TN150/US41 north toward Tracy City. A landmark (at least for now, since its out of business) is the Mountain Mart on the left as you continue on TN150. The entrance to Foster Falls is on the left about three miles past the Mountain Mart.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.9 miles from here

110 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',55],['2 Stars',37],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Foster Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Foster Falls:
Jacob's Ladder   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Red Light District
Saturated   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 90'   Jimmywood
Bear Mountain Picnic   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Jimmywood
Holy War   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 95'   Wall of Useless Conflict
Ankles Away   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Dihedrals
Twist and Shout   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Dihedrals
Ruben   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Jimmywood
Fish-eyed Fool   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Sanford Wall
Narcissism   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Dihedrals
Something's Always Wrong   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 80'   The Right Bunker
Rode Hard, Put Up Wet   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Rocket Slab
Pillsbury   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   The Dihedrals
Standing Room Only   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Crime Buttress
The Aquittal   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   White Wall
Wristlets   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   White Wall
Thieves   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   Crime Buttress
Satisfaction   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   White Wall
Eclipse   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   The Left Bunker
Darkie the Bum Beast   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   The Left Bunker
The Big Empty   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The Left Bunker
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Rock Climbing Photo: Foster Falls April 2012.
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By Robert Dominguez
From: Birmingham, AL
Feb 11, 2008
The most beautiful place I've ever climbed--camp @ Father Adamz, have a good time.
By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From: Alabama
Nov 8, 2008
I agree, very nice.
By Michael G
Oct 22, 2009
Hey Everyone,

Just wondering what temps could I expect here in mid-Feb? Just trying to plan a winter climbing trip. It seems like T-Wall would be good to go, and I was wondering if I could squeeze in some sport climbing as well. I'm not expecting t-shirt weather, but I don't want to climb in real cold conditions either (I can do that here at home!). Thanks.

By Andrew R.
From: Fairfax, VA
Dec 21, 2010
Visited mid December and temps were mid 40s and sunny. Climbing was great. Found a couple of routes to be a bit sandbagged but in general had a great time and it was good climbing. Nights were down in the 30s and 20s so went to Chattanooga for dinner each night. Camped at Raccoon Mtn and we were the only campers. Bathrooms at Plot were super nice, as was signage and falls. Congrats to South Cumberland group for doing a great job with this crag~
By Adam Lazaro
From: Hiram, Ga
Feb 21, 2012
Does anybody know if the campground is open. Any info that would be handy to know. We are planning on coming the first weekend in March
By GarrisonH
Sep 18, 2012
I'm passing through Chattanooga September 19, 20 & 21 and looking for a sport climbing partner.
By sam england
From: Seattle, WA
Feb 20, 2013
Does anyone know anything about the route to the left of Pillsbury with the orange hangers? I did the route over the weekend and was interested in the name/rating. Thanks.
By Swamp Cookie
From: da Bayou
Feb 25, 2013
Sam. The route with the orange hangers may be Milk Dudds. 5.9
By sam england
From: Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2013
This felt much harder than 5.9 more like 5.12. I believe Milk Dudds is just right of Pilsbury (also has orange hangers). This was in between Pilsbury and Kids with Guns.
By Swamp Cookie
From: da Bayou
Mar 6, 2013
OK Sam. That one is Crimp Knob 5.12- Sorry for the confusion.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 4, 2014
How is Foster Falls in the summer? Is there enough shade to make it reasonable?
By khowe
From: Knoxville, TN
Mar 16, 2014
Camping at Foster closed until further notice.
By Bobby Hutton
From: Gold Country CA
Jun 9, 2014
Kudos to the administrators of this page for taking the time to organize the routes into areas.
By Rockery Press
Oct 13, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: Foster Falls Day Guide
Foster Falls Day Guide

You can download a FREE Foster Falls Day Guide from Rockery Press by clicking on the following link:

Foster Falls Free Guide includes:
  • Driving & Approach Beta
  • Rules & Recommendations
  • Several days of route descriptions and recommendations
By chuckc
Apr 25, 2016
Wanted to give a heads up to folks about the strict "No Alcohol" policy. The group camping next to us had a single canned beer out while quietly cooking dinner around dusk, and the ranger on duty crept up on them and had them pour out the open beer as well as all the beer in their cooler under threat of a fine or getting kicked out of the park. Rules are rules, but I've never seen this level of enforcement in a state park, so if you're going to imbibe, keep it in a cup and on the DL because there are some crusading rangers at this place.

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