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Areas in Tennessee

Backbone Rock 3 / 2 / 7 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Bays Mountain 1 / 2 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Big Soddy Gorge 11 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Big South Fork 55 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 80
Black Mountain 2 / 0 / 11 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Blue Hole Falls 3 / 0 / 3 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Boulders on Old Wauhatchie Pike, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Buzzard Point 10 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
Castle Rock 2 / 41 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 43
Cherokee Bluff (CLOSED TO CLIMBING) 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Collegedale Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Dayton Pocket/Laurel Falls Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Deep Creek 1 / 60 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 61
Denny Cove 6 / 62 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 68
Devil's Race Track 9 / 15 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 24
Foster Falls 9 / 123 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 132
Ijams Crag 0 / 34 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 34
Julia Falls 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
King's Bluff 35 / 125 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 160
Lake Nickajack Deep Water Soloing 0 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Laurel Falls 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Leda 11 / 36 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 44
Leda Shade Wall 9 / 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Lower Leda 5 / 16 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Mizell Bluffs on Tellico Lake 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Nolichucky riverside 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Norris Lake 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
North Chick Gorge, Soddy TN 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Obed & Clear Creek 52 / 274 / 3 / 83 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 399
Prentice Cooper 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Short Mountain 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Starr Mountain 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Stillhouse hollow falls -ice climbing 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Stone Door @ Savage Gulf State Park. 9 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) 2 / 0 / 0 / 278 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 279
Suck Creek Canyon 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 23
Sucka Cave 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Sunset Park 113 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 113
Tennessee Wall, The 178 / 30 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 205
Toxic Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Elevation: 1,036 ft
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Shared By: saxfiend on Nov 16, 2006 with updates from Luke R 84 and 2 others
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Access Issue: Climbers Must Fill Out State Park Waiver Details

Description

There's probably no place in the southeast that has such a high concentration of great climbing destinations as has Tennessee. Within an hour's drive of Chattanooga alone are eight crags with enough routes to last you a lifetime. And if you ever get tired of Chattanooga, there's plenty of other climbing areas to keep you busy, from Nashville to the west to Knoxville in the east.

Much of the climbing in Tennessee is on the Cumberland Plateau, a 300-mile ridge that stretches into Alabama and Kentucky. The rock is hard, high-quality sandstone, and the terrain can include long crack climbs and overhanging jugfests. The variety is incredible.

Tennessee boasts climbing year-round. In the dead of winter, you'll see climbers on the rock in their t-shirts at such south-facing crags as Tennessee Wall. When summer's at its hottest, Sunset Park is a great destination: its west-facing cliff stays shady until well into the afternoon.

There's plenty to do no matter what your climbing style. For trad leaders, T-Wall and Sunset are the top choices; other trad destinations include Suck Creek Canyon and Prentice Cooper. Sport climbers can clip bolts at Foster Falls and Obed. And there's a little of both at Leda. For the truly adventurous who want to carve out their own routes, there's Big South Fork, a real climbing frontier.

Guidebook

For the authoritative guidebook to Tennessee climbing, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the Dixie Cragger's Atlas by Chris Watford. If you plan to spend much time in the state, the DCA should be part of your climbing gear.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tennessee

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V4 6B
 183
Art of the Vogi
Boulder
V4 6B
 222
Super Mario
Boulder
V6 7A
 136
The Wave
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 201
Passages
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 261
Golden Locks
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 165
In Pursuit of Excellence
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 201
Cake Walk
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 163
Finger Lockin' Good
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 204
Spawn
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 77
Points O' Contact
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 87
Something's Always Wrong
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 98
Pale Face
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 85
Standing Room Only
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 134
Heresy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 87
Solstice
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Art of the Vogi Stone Fort (aka Littl…
 183
V4 6B Boulder
Super Mario Stone Fort (aka Littl…
 222
V4 6B Boulder
The Wave Stone Fort (aka Littl…
 136
V6 7A Boulder
Passages Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 201
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Golden Locks Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 261
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
In Pursuit of Excellence Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 165
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Cake Walk Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 201
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Finger Lockin' Good Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 163
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Spawn Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Image Wall
 204
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Points O' Contact Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 77
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Something's Always Wrong Foster Falls > Right Bunker
 87
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pale Face Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Balcony
 98
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Standing Room Only Foster Falls > Crime Buttress
 85
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Heresy Obed & Clear Creek > Lilly Bluff
 134
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Solstice Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Solstice Cave
 87
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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David Draper
Chattanooga, TN
David Draper   Chattanooga, TN
This is mandatory viewing for all climbers
xtranormal.com/watch/7164911/ Sep 21, 2010
James Arnold
Chattanooga
James Arnold   Chattanooga
Good place to stay in Chatt is the hostel that opened this spring...Dan, Max, and Al et al will give you some serious betas as well.

crashpadchattanooga.com/ Jul 16, 2011


Download Free Day Guides from Chatt Steel & Chattrad here:

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Each mini-guide includes driving, approach, and climbing beta for several days of classic climbs around the Chattanooga, TN area.

Free Day Guides Include:
  • Foster Falls
  • Castle Rock
  • T-Wall (Sport)
  • Leda
  • Deep Creek
  • Laurel Falls
  • Buzzard Point
  • Sunset Rock
  • Suck Creek Canyon
  • T-Wall (Trad)
  • Promised Land
Oct 13, 2014
Is there a reason, like access concerns, that no one has posted Pep Boys or the Apartment Boulders? Jan 20, 2015

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