Elevation: 1,751 ft
GPS: 35.182, -85.674 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

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 has much of the content or else Chatt Steel by Micah Gentry would the definitive guidebook for Foster Falls.

The sections listed below run from right to left as you face the cliff, starting from where the trail ascends to the cliff from the suspension bridge at the base of the 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Foster Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 246
Saturated
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 151
Holy War
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 170
Ruben
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 210
Fish-eyed Fool
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 181
Narcissism
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 129
Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 150
Something's Always Wrong
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 124
Pillsbury
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 170
Standing Room Only
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 78
Supersaturated
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 69
The Acquittal
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 100
Wristlets
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 81
Satisfaction
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 73
Thieves
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 96
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Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Saturated Jimmywood
 246
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Holy War Wall of Useless Conflict
 151
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ruben Jimmywood
 170
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fish-eyed Fool Sanford Wall
 210
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Narcissism Dihedrals
 181
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Rode Hard, Put Up Wet Rocket Slab
 129
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Something's Always Wrong Right Bunker
 150
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pillsbury Dihedrals
 124
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Standing Room Only Crime Buttress
 170
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Supersaturated Jimmywood
 78
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Acquittal White Wall
 69
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Wristlets White Wall
 100
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Satisfaction White Wall
 81
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Thieves Crime Buttress
 73
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
[Redacted] Right Bunker
 96
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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