Elevation: 409 ft
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Shared By: KHall on Aug 15, 2009
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Nashville's premiere outdoor climbing area. By premiere I mean only. Toxic Wall is a small band of very steep limestone along the Stones River. Managed by the Army Corp of Engineers, this secluded area is situated below the Percy Priest Dam. The area is popular with fishermen and climbers who sometimes leave an awful mess. Be good and pack out your trash and pick up some in the process. Its good Ju-Ju. Toxic Wall is best in the late afternoon during the summer and when the sun is out in the winter. Otherwise its either a sweat/freeze fest. The rock for the most part is bomber and sharp. Most of the routes are short and sporty. There are a few trad lines and numerous boulder problems. Passive pro is recommended for the trad lines as the force of a fall on a cam could blow out the surrounding rock.

Getting There

From I-40E take exit 219. At the light make a Right onto Stewart's Ferry Pike. At the first light make a left onto Bell Road. Drive over the dam and make the first left onto Dodson Chapel Road. Make an immediate left into the park. Drive down park road to parking lot. From the parking lot take the steps in the far right corner to a well worn path that goes across a large field. Follow path under the interstate across two creeks and up a small hill. From here the trail follows the cliffline. Atop the small hill a trail leads up and right to a couple of V-easy boulder problems. Be careful though, if your spotter is not paying attention you could take a serious tumble down into the river. From the parking lot the approach is 5-10 min.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Toxic Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
It's My First Time
V3 6A
Cheesy Grits
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
It's My First Time
V1 5 Boulder
Cheesy Grits
V3 6A Boulder
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I added 4 boulder problems to the description. Two of which I came up with. Message me if anyone has questions of concerns about any of them. Jan 19, 2015
Daniel Worley
Big South Fork, TN
Daniel Worley   Big South Fork, TN
Great job getting down on some Nashville limestone. There have been a handful of climbers pulling down at Toxic Wall for 20+ years. There are a ton of established problems that are typically overlooked or seen as undone. Those look like some old Noff problems from back in the day. Send me a message if you would like to meet up and get a good tour of the area. It is good to see a few climbers still enjoying the area. Jan 21, 2015
Azeem, is "The Reach" that you put up the same problem as the one I put up today "It's My First Time"? I have a topo photo and description included. If it is let me know and I'll take mine down, and you can use my topo photo if you'd like.

Worley, perhaps it would be a good idea if you or someone else in the know could help putting problems on MP so we do not step on anyone's toes/proper people get proper credit for creation and FA of problems? Nov 8, 2015
Bryan Stangeland
Edmond, OK
Bryan Stangeland   Edmond, OK
Does the Toxic Wall have a few bolted routes? From the pictures it looks like it, but the ratings suggest there are only boulder problems. Mar 10, 2017
Bryan Stangeland, I checked it out earlier today and found 3-4 bolted routes. One of them had a topout bolt come off, but it still climbable, as the other bolt is solid. Jul 8, 2017
I believe there are 6 bolted routes total. Two of these routes are when you first get to the wall one being o the right of "Pizza Friday" and another one is to the left of "It's My First Time" the other four routes are down the wall a little bit further past a small boulder. There are four other routes over there two of which end on the same anchor around a tree. All four of the routes past the boulder end on tree anchors. Aug 2, 2017