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Backbone Rock 2 / 2 / 6 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Bays Mountain 1 / 2 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Big Soddy Gorge 8 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Big South Fork 35 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 49
Black Mountain 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Blue Hole Falls 3 / 0 / 3 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Boulders on Old Wauhatchie Pike, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
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 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Deep Creek 1 / 58 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 59
Denny Cove 6 / 34 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 40
Devil's Race Track 9 / 15 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 24
Foster Falls 8 / 120 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 128
Ijams Crag 0 / 34 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 34
King's Bluff 35 / 122 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 157
Lake Nickajack Deep Water Soloing 0 / 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Laurel Falls 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Leda 11 / 36 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 44
Leda Shade Wall 9 / 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Look Rock 7 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Lower Leda 5 / 15 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
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
Obed & Clear Creek 48 / 251 / 3 / 65 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 354
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
Stone Door @ Savage Gulf State Park. 9 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) 2 / 0 / 0 / 249 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 250
Suck Creek Canyon 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 23
Sunset Park 113 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 113
Tennessee Wall, The 174 / 29 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 200
Toxic Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Elevation: 1,037 ft
GPS: 35.604, -85.869 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: saxfiend on Nov 16, 2006 with updates
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough

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.
V3-4 6A+
Swingers
Boulder
V4 6B
Art of the Vogi
Boulder
V4 6B
Super Mario
Boulder
V5 6C
Gengis Khan
Boulder
V5 6C
Sternum
Boulder
V6 7A
The Wave
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Prerequisite for Excellence
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Passages
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Art
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Golden Locks
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
In Pursuit of Excellence
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cake Walk
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Finger Lockin' Good
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Spawn
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Heresy
Sport
Swingers Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Art of the Vogi Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) V4 6B Boulder
Super Mario Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) V4 6B Boulder
Gengis Khan Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) V5 6C Boulder
Sternum Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) V5 6C Boulder
The Wave Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) V6 7A Boulder
Prerequisite for Excellence Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Passages Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Art Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Golden Locks Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
In Pursuit of Excellence Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Cake Walk Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Finger Lockin' Good Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Spawn Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Image Wall 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Heresy Obed & Clear Creek > Lilly Bluff 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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Is there a reason, like access concerns, that no one has posted Pep Boys or the Apartment Boulders? Jan 20, 2015


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
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
Stone Brew
Chattanooga, TN
Stone Brew   Chattanooga, TN
This is mandatory viewing for all climbers
xtranormal.com/watch/7164911/ Sep 21, 2010

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