As being one of the three destinations for the Triple Crown Bouldering competition Stone Fort just might have some of the best boulders in the southeast! Sporting everything from psychotic slopers to crazy crimps, very few areas in the country can build such a diverse skill set. Stone Fort is one of the most versatile areas to climb in the southeast, due to iron rails running through many of the sandstone boulders. It also boasts beautiful lines at almost every difficulty level, so whether you climb v-easy, v-sick or are somewhere in between, there is always something to inspire you here.

Since Stone Fort is owned and on a golf course the owner just asks three simple favors of climbers: park in the designated climber parking area, sign in at the clubhouse, and pay the $8.75 day-use fee.

A new guidebook, STONE FORT Bouldering by Andy Wellman, has recently been published. This guide lists topos and descriptions for all Stone Fort boulder problems.

Getting There

From I-75, merge onto I-24 west (nashville) in Chattanooga. Take I-24 to split and stay right on I-27 (signs for downtown Chattanooga). Continue on 27 to Thrasher Pike Exit (app. 20 minutes). Take a left off of exit ramp on to Thrasher Pike. Continue until first "Stop Sign" and take a right on Dayton Pike. At first light (right across from BP) take a left on Mowbray Mtn. Rd. Continue several miles up mtn., and then app. 1.5 miles after leaving switchbacks. When you see several mailboxes that are pillars (made out of stone or brick), slow down. Take a right on to Brow Lake Rd. beside the Montlake sign. Continue app. 200 yards and take a left in to the golf course parking lot. Climber parking is labeled and located on far side of parking lot.

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m-earle   USA
Great description Kev, this is one of my favorite places to boulder. Sep 25, 2007
Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
You can get a guide booklet for this area (the booklet used to score the Triple Crown) here . It's on the right side of the page if you scroll down. Jan 12, 2010
The climbing fee has been changed to $3 and no parking fee/car registration. Clubhouse facilities are open to climbers, but any boulders facing the golf courses are still closed. Nov 9, 2010
Jeremy Hand
Northern VA
Jeremy Hand   Northern VA
$5 fee for climbing now. If you park up the road, expect a warning and a subsequent tow and threat of flattened tires for repeat offenders. Aug 23, 2012
Jay Shultis
Oneonta, NY
Jay Shultis   Oneonta, NY  
We saw Fred Nicole walking around LRC this past Sunday after the comp... I am curious if anyone saw him working any projects or sending any hard classics? We saw him look at Space and Odessey and move on... Oct 16, 2012
Can anyone tell me where the nearest/cheapest place to camp is? Dec 11, 2012
Swamp Cookie
da Bayou
Swamp Cookie   da Bayou
how are conditions late april early may? Mar 17, 2014
Emerson Takahashi
Casper, WY
Emerson Takahashi   Casper, WY
I was in the area last year at that time and there were certainly some beautiful days with great climbing weather, but between them was a day or two of HEAVY rain. Mar 25, 2015
Moving to Chatty in December, and am wondering if you can still purchase an annual pass to climb at LRC? Oct 24, 2015
Kevin Carpenter
Ooltewah, TN
Kevin Carpenter   Ooltewah, TN
FYI: As of 4/1/16, climbing fee is $8. Apr 10, 2016
Cole T
Cincinnati, OH
Cole T   Cincinnati, OH
Dogs allowed? Mar 1, 2017
Nathan Devan
Tuscaloosa, AL
Nathan Devan   Tuscaloosa, AL
3/27/2018 land access is $8.75 Mar 27, 2018