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Devil's Race Track Rock Climbing 

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View from the top of the Alley.


Devil's Racetrack is a formation of two rock 'fins' that stick out of the side of the mountains along side of I-75 just North of the 134 exit in Caryville. They are all very solid rock, nothing is very brittle, but the thing you have to look for is vegetation. Moss is really bad on several spots. Other than that the rock is spectacular. Great views on top of great climbs. The bolts are all really well placed, and anchors are very solid. The approach trail is a tad steep in some spots, so be careful if its wet out. The routes range from 5.3 to 5.9 on trad and 5.8 to 5.11 on sport. So there is stuff for everyone.

Getting There 

Take exit 134 on I-75. From there drive to Cove Lake State Park. Go past the entrance to the park, and take the next left. Follow this road until it intersects Butter and Egg Road. Continue through the intersection. After about a quarter of a mile, you will see a New house with a RED TIN ROOF. Turn left down the gravel road directly BEFORE this house. After less than a minute, you will see a gravel road on the right blocked off with big boulders. Park here, and hike up the gravel road parallel to the creek for several minutes until you see a easy place to cross the creek to your right. Once you cross the creek follow the paths upto the nose of the main spire. Everything to the left of the nose is the north face, everything to the right is the Alley.

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Weather station 16.0 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Devil's Race Track

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Devil's Race Track:
Russian One Step   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Palm Tree   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Lucy in the Sky   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
Bounty Hunter   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Little Wing   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Little Wing!

Little Wing 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13  Tennessee : Devil's Race Track
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Photos of Devil's Race Track Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Russian One Step.
Russian One Step.
Rock Climbing Photo: Start bottom right from sit then work your way lef...
BETA PHOTO: Start bottom right from sit then work your way lef...
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Fin.
Main Fin.
Rock Climbing Photo: The view at Devil's Race Track. It's cool ...
The view at Devil's Race Track. It's cool ...
Rock Climbing Photo: South Face (Main Fin)
South Face (Main Fin)
Rock Climbing Photo: North Face (Main Fin)
North Face (Main Fin)
Rock Climbing Photo: The Alley. (from the top of Moon Rock.)
The Alley. (from the top of Moon Rock.)
Rock Climbing Photo: Chains for Moon Rock.
Chains for Moon Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock quality at the Racetrack seems good.
BETA PHOTO: Rock quality at the Racetrack seems good.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Wall Route, possibly an unnamed 5.9 sport ro...
BETA PHOTO: Lower Wall Route, possibly an unnamed 5.9 sport ro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Jungle. I think.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up Jungle. I think.
Rock Climbing Photo: Main fin, "Welcome to the Jungle", maybe...
BETA PHOTO: Main fin, "Welcome to the Jungle", maybe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Main fin.
Main fin.
Rock Climbing Photo: Manky ring, at main spire.
BETA PHOTO: Manky ring, at main spire.
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Devil's Race Track
View of Devil's Race Track

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By BirminghamBen
From: Birmingham, AL
May 3, 2010
Nice to see Devil's Racetrack up here. How is the vandalism/burglary these days?
By Baikenbitz
From: LaFollette/Jacksboro, TN
May 5, 2010
Its not as bad as it used to be, but would still make sure to take or hide any valuables.
By Tim87
Nov 5, 2011
I'm new to the area, and I've been up here a few times. I'm wondering if anyone is developing the area or has an updated topo?
By Cleveland Wilson
From: Villa Hills, KY
Mar 16, 2012
Does anyone know how wet these routes stay after rain?
By Nathaniel Behl
Apr 2, 2012
Are there any bouldering areas around as well?
By Jeff Thilking
From: Lynchburg, VA
Mar 10, 2013
Finally headed up to this crag after over a year of beta hunting. Honestly I was mostly worried about some chump tossing a rock through my windshield, as I have read more than one vandalism warning. No issues, easy to find, right on the Cumberland Trail. Parking is limited, room for maybe 6-8 trucks. 10 minute approach to moderate creek crossing, then a steep but short trail to the base. Trail marked by white blazes until creek crossing, then marked with black plastic on trees. Not sure what routes are what yet, was able to climb 2 lines, one free and one with gear. Very scenic, exposed. I'm guessing this will be a bushwacking nightmare in the summer, mountain laurel already growing like mad.
Rock Climbing Photo: The road that you actually turn on(right by the ne...
The road that you actually turn on(right by the newer house with the red tin roof) to park, you will see the boulders blocking the access to the Cumberland Trail, but there are no signs, just some spray painted boulders.
By khowe
From: Knoxville, TN
Aug 25, 2013
As for directions, the trail that leads across the creek to the cliff-line is approximately 200 yards past the parking lot. There is no longer a tree with a black plastic bag wrapped around it, now there is a cairn next to said tree now. Take that trail up a steep slope until you hit the first cliff-line, which is what the DCA calls the "lower wall." If you keep scrambling up, you will walk directly into the Main Flake (North Face), with the South Face (The Alley) on your right. I took a few photos of the parking area and creek crossing to help.

  • Best as a winter destination. In the warm months, this place is a jungle, top-outs are very exposed to the sun, and not to mention the presence of bees on some routes (Lucy in the Sky).

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Rock Climbing Photo: Parking

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Rock Climbing Photo: Main Fin
Main Fin

Rock Climbing Photo: Creek crossing.  Look for three-fingered tree.
Creek crossing. Look for three-fingered tree.
By EthanC
Jun 2, 2014
Before heading there, did some effort trying to decipher the instructions above and comments below so I wouldn't waste time getting lost. I'm fairly confident the GPS coordinates of the parking lot are

36.325270, -84.224271
By EthanC
Jun 2, 2014
Tried to find this today. If you get to the wooden bridge, you've gone too far, but you will end up on top of a mountain. I did not see the black plastic bag and so didn't find the wall. I'll have to try again in the future.
By khowe
From: Knoxville, TN
Jun 23, 2014
Yes, the black plastic bag wrapped around the tree is no longer there. From the main trail from the parking lot, after about 100 yards, look to your right and you will begin to see glimpses of the lower wall. Start looking across the creek for the trail that leads to the main wall climbing area, it's faint, but visible. There may or may not be cairns on both side of the creek to mark approach trail.
By Jim Urbec
From: sevierville, TN
Oct 17, 2016
The good news and the bad news

My son and where out here yesterday (16oct16). GPS coords on previous comments are spot on.

there was a fair amount of bushwhacking to get to the base of the wall. pretty steep terrain.

I wrapped a piece of red webbing around tree at crossing.

THE BAD NEWS - DO NOT PARK AT THE BOULDERS!!!! THERE IS STILL A HIGH RISK OF VANDALISM AND BURGULARY. How do I know? My jeep window got smashed with a rock and glove box and center console got ripped open, all for a 10 y/o ipod.... the deputy that responded said that this was the 2nd one in two weeks.

So if you want to climb there my advice: talk to someone who lives at the intersection of Shelton Hollow ln and see if you can park at their house and walk the extra .5 mile. Offer the home owner 10 bucks, what ever, but you are assuming a high amount of risk parking at trail head. there are also a bunch of homeless encamped just off the trail.

This was the only dark spot on an otherwise awesome day of climbing with my son. our first multi-pitch climb at that.
By khowe
From: Knoxville, TN
Nov 29, 2016
Jim, sorry to hear about the vandalism, that's such a bummer. Thank you for posting and offering some alternative parking options.
By Kim Ran
Dec 11, 2016
We went to Devil's Race Track not sure what to expect since most people we talked to said it wasn't worth it. We cleaned out the car and left the windows down and doors unlocked to prevent any break-ins.

Thanks to the above-mentioned beta and photos, we easily found the river crossing. However, once across the river it was very difficult to make out the trail, as this area was evidently affected by the recent wildfires. There were fallen trees everywhere and the ground itself was eroding pretty badly, making for unsure footing. It's a steep hike, but pretty obvious where you're headed.

The fins are very cool and unique formations. It was a bit confusing trying to route find, but once we got our bearings (with the help of the diagrams posted) we were able to figure out which routes were which. The rock was solid and the bolts and anchors looked decent as well. I'm not quite sure why this area doesn't see more traffic, as it's in very close proximity to Knoxville, great rock, and plenty of moderate grades which makes it a fantastic place to practice multipitch.

It's fun adventure climbing - though the highway being right there may take away from the wilderness experience. Devil's Race Track is a neat spot and I will definitely return to further explore the area.
By Brad Beggs
From: Knoxville
Mar 7, 2017
Climbed at DRT for the first time on Sunday, March 5th 2017.

There were a good number of hikers along the Cumberland Trail (which DRT parking serves as an access to. Be sure to hike upstream to check out the waterfalls...only 5 more easy minutes of hiking past the river crossing point).

No issues with parking. I've had several friends go over the last several months without issue either. The former hobo camp is no longer used. The Cumberland trail is helping get more people to go to DRT.

Short hike to the lower wall (the first wall you see across the creek, as stated in other comments). The fire burn from summer 2016 makes navigation easy (good views to where you need to go) but a little tricky since there is no defined trail.

Bolts on the popular routes are good. Bolts on less popular easier routes (aka Palm Tree, Bounty Hunter, Day at the Races ) need replaced. Lots of potential for new moderate routes.

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