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BETA PHOTO: Most of the long traverse available at Toxic Wall....


Nashville's premiere outdoor climbing area. By premiere I mean only. Toxic Wall is a small band of very steep limestone along the Stones River. Managed by the Army Corp of Engineers, this secluded area is situated below the Percy Priest Dam. The area is popular with fishermen and climbers who sometimes leave an awful mess. Be good and pack out your trash and pick up some in the process. Its good Ju-Ju. Toxic Wall is best in the late afternoon during the summer and when the sun is out in the winter. Otherwise its either a sweat/freeze fest. The rock for the most part is bomber and sharp. Most of the routes are short and sporty. There are a few trad lines and numerous boulder problems. Passive pro is recommended for the trad lines as the force of a fall on a cam could blow out the surrounding rock.

Getting There 

From I-40E take exit 219. At the light make a Right onto Stewart's Ferry Pike. At the first light make a left onto Bell Road. Drive over the dam and make the first left onto Dodson Chapel Road. Make an immediate left into the park. Drive down park road to parking lot. From the parking lot take the steps in the far right corner to a well worn path that goes across a large field. Follow path under the interstate across two creeks and up a small hill. From here the trail follows the cliffline. Atop the small hill a trail leads up and right to a couple of V-easy boulder problems. Be careful though, if your spotter is not paying attention you could take a serious tumble down into the river. From the parking lot the approach is 5-10 min.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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A$AP Rocky

unamed V4 6B  TN : Toxic Wall
Double start on two crimps where the cliff begins to protrude. stick a toe hook, bump up from the start to a shallow two finger pocket and traverse the lowest cliff break and down climb where the cliff protrusion stops....[more]   Browse More Classics in TN

Photos of Toxic Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Unknown Route, bolted, in the middle of the wall
Unknown Route, bolted, in the middle of the wall
Toxic wall seen from the river
Toxic wall seen from the river
Same bolted route in the middle of the wall
Same bolted route in the middle of the wall
Another Toxic Wall problem
Another Toxic Wall problem
Daniel Worley on Back Breaker
Daniel Worley on Back Breaker
Jeff Noffsinger on The Cube.
Jeff Noffsinger on The Cube.
Marc Seitzman on Back Breaker
Marc Seitzman on Back Breaker
Noffsinger on The Cube
Noffsinger on The Cube
Jeff Noffsinger on The Reach
Jeff Noffsinger on The Reach
Look out Chattanooga, there's a new T-wall in town...
Look out Chattanooga, there's a new T-wall in town...

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By Azeem Ansari
Jan 19, 2015
I added 4 boulder problems to the description. Two of which I came up with. Message me if anyone has questions of concerns about any of them.
By worleybird
Jan 21, 2015
Great job getting down on some Nashville limestone. There have been a handful of climbers pulling down at Toxic Wall for 20+ years. There are a ton of established problems that are typically overlooked or seen as undone. Those look like some old Noff problems from back in the day. Send me a message if you would like to meet up and get a good tour of the area. It is good to see a few climbers still enjoying the area.
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