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Big Soddy Gorge
Access Issue: Daily online climbing registration required for TN State Park areas
Daily online climbing registration required for TN State Park areas. tnstateparks.com/activities…. This includes Cumberland Trail State Park (Deep Creek, Big Soddy, Buzzard Point, Laurel Falls, Dayton Pocket, Black Mountain and other areas within the park); South Cumberland State Park (Foster Falls and Denny Cove); Fall Creek Falls State Park; and Rocky Fork State Park Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with your unique registration number, site rules, and other helpful info. Please keep the registration number with you while climbing. At some locations, you may be asked to leave a piece of paper with your registration number on your car dashboard. Groups of 10 or more, please call the park prior to filling out a registration.
A fairly newly developed area, Big Soddy Gorge offers a mix of tall, exposed sport and trad routes. Big Soddy Gorge is south facing, making it a good winter destination and an alternative to its nearby shady neighbor, Deep Creek. If your looking for wild exposure, fewer crowds, and a remote experience, Big Soddy is your crag.
The approach takes about 45 minutes: From the Deep Creek parking lot, hike down to Deep Creek and continue following the Cumberland Trail as it wraps around the mountain. You will be able to see the Big Soddy cliff-line come into view, identifiable with its prominent "Visor" formation. The trail will cross a second bridge and switchback up toward the base of the wall. Keep an eye out for a climber's access trail that break off left from the Cumberland trail and takes you to the base of the Visor.