Elevation: 1,752 ft
GPS: 35.182, -85.674 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: saxfiend on Nov 5, 2006 with improvements by Nathan Devan
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough
Access Issue: Climbers Must Fill Out State Park Waiver Details

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:

  • White Wall
  • So What Area
  • Crime Buttress
  • Right Bunker
  • Left Bunker
  • The Dihedrals
  • Jimmywood
  • Gutbuster Area
  • Sanford Wall
  • Rocket Slab
  • Rehab Slab
  • Snatch Wall
  • Red Light District
  • Zone 3 (aka Dog Boy Village)

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
 179
Saturated
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 173
Jacob's Ladder
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 205
Bear Mountain Picnic
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 241
Ankles Away
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 108
Holy War
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 109
Ruben
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 147
Twist and Shout
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 167
Fish-eyed Fool
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 132
Narcissism
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 96
Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 106
Something's Always Wrong
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 91
Pillsbury
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 114
Standing Room Only
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 75
Wristlets
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 75
Ethnic Cleansing
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Saturated Jimmywood
 179
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Jacob's Ladder Red Light District
 173
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Bear Mountain Picnic Jimmywood
 205
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Ankles Away Dihedrals
 241
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Holy War Wall of Useless Conflict
 108
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ruben Jimmywood
 109
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Twist and Shout Dihedrals
 147
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Fish-eyed Fool Sanford Wall
 167
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Narcissism Dihedrals
 132
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Rode Hard, Put Up Wet Rocket Slab
 96
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Something's Always Wrong Right Bunker
 106
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pillsbury Dihedrals
 91
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Standing Room Only Crime Buttress
 114
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Wristlets White Wall
 75
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Ethnic Cleansing Right Bunker
 75
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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