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Foster Falls Rock Climbing 

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Foster Falls is a major destination for sport climbing in the south. Near the town of Jasper (just west of Chattanooga), it features high-quality sandstone and challenging climbing in a pleasant locale. Though you might want to stay away in the hottest or coldest seasons, Foster's season is pretty much year-round.

If you're just getting started as a leader, you can hone your skills on a few easy routes like Gravity Boots (5.7) or Jacob's Ladder (5.8). But the real fun at Fosters begins at 5.9 with favorites such as Ankles Away or Twist and Shout, and doesn't stop till you get to the ferociously overhung 5.13 routes in the Bunkers sections. There's a little something for everyone at Fosters.

Amenities include camping (fee-based), picnic facilities and bathrooms at the parking lot. There's also hiking trails if you need a break from climbing, and in the summer you can cool off in the pool at the base of the falls.

For routes not covered on MountainProject, the Dixie Cragger's Atlas by Chris Watford is the definitive guidebook for Foster Falls.

Getting There 

From Chattanooga, head west on I-24 past Nickajack Lake and get off at exit 155 (about 20 miles). Head north following the signs to the town of Jasper. Passing through the town, follow the signs for TN150/US41 north toward Tracy City. A landmark (at least for now, since its out of business) is the Mountain Mart on the left as you continue on TN150. The entrance to Foster Falls is on the left about three miles past the Mountain Mart.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.9 miles from here

127 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',58],['2 Stars',46],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Foster Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Foster Falls:
Jacob's Ladder   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Red Light District
Saturated   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 90'   Jimmywood
Bear Mountain Picnic   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Jimmywood
Pocket Pool   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Red Light District
Moving Target   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   So What Area
Ankles Away   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Dihedrals
Holy War   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 95'   Wall of Useless Conflict
Miss Prissy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Jimmywood
Ruben   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Jimmywood
Twist and Shout   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Dihedrals
Miss Scarlet   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Jimmywood
Fish-eyed Fool   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Sanford Wall
Narcissism   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Dihedrals
Diamond Cutter   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Jimmywood
Rode Hard, Put Up Wet   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Rocket Slab
Something's Always Wrong   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 80'   The Right Bunker
Pillsbury   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   The Dihedrals
Standing Room Only   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Crime Buttress
Wristlets   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   White Wall
Ethnic Cleansing   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   The Right Bunker
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Seasonal Waterfall
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The biggest/widest I've ever seen the falls- durin...
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Interesting flowers @ Fosters, on the backside und...
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photo by: mason cook
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right bunker
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foster falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Foster Falls April 2012.
Foster Falls April 2012.
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Climber at the falls
Rock Climbing Photo: photo by: mason cook
photo by: mason cook
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Climbing behind the falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing behind the falls
Climbing behind the falls
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watch for these guys, saw him on the approach trai...
Rock Climbing Photo: The most refreshing climb at Fosters
The most refreshing climb at Fosters
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of the falls
Top of the falls

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By Robert Dominguez
From: Birmingham, AL
Feb 11, 2008
The most beautiful place I've ever climbed--camp @ Father Adamz, have a good time.
By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From: Alabama
Nov 8, 2008
I agree, very nice.
By Michael G
Oct 22, 2009
Hey Everyone,

Just wondering what temps could I expect here in mid-Feb? Just trying to plan a winter climbing trip. It seems like T-Wall would be good to go, and I was wondering if I could squeeze in some sport climbing as well. I'm not expecting t-shirt weather, but I don't want to climb in real cold conditions either (I can do that here at home!). Thanks.

By Andrew R.
From: Linden, VA
Dec 21, 2010
Visited mid December and temps were mid 40s and sunny. Climbing was great. Found a couple of routes to be a bit sandbagged but in general had a great time and it was good climbing. Nights were down in the 30s and 20s so went to Chattanooga for dinner each night. Camped at Raccoon Mtn and we were the only campers. Bathrooms at Plot were super nice, as was signage and falls. Congrats to South Cumberland group for doing a great job with this crag~
By Adam Lazaro
From: Hiram, Ga
Feb 21, 2012
Does anybody know if the campground is open. Any info that would be handy to know. We are planning on coming the first weekend in March
By GarrisonH
Sep 18, 2012
I'm passing through Chattanooga September 19, 20 & 21 and looking for a sport climbing partner.
By sam england
From: Seattle, WA
Feb 20, 2013
Does anyone know anything about the route to the left of Pillsbury with the orange hangers? I did the route over the weekend and was interested in the name/rating. Thanks.
By Swamp Cookie
From: da Bayou
Feb 25, 2013
Sam. The route with the orange hangers may be Milk Dudds. 5.9
By sam england
From: Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2013
This felt much harder than 5.9 more like 5.12. I believe Milk Dudds is just right of Pilsbury (also has orange hangers). This was in between Pilsbury and Kids with Guns.
By Swamp Cookie
From: da Bayou
Mar 6, 2013
OK Sam. That one is Crimp Knob 5.12- Sorry for the confusion.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 4, 2014
How is Foster Falls in the summer? Is there enough shade to make it reasonable?
By khowe
From: Knoxville, TN
Mar 16, 2014
Camping at Foster closed until further notice.
By Bobby Hutton
From: Gold Country CA
Jun 9, 2014
Kudos to the administrators of this page for taking the time to organize the routes into areas.
By Rockery Press
Oct 13, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: Foster Falls Day Guide
Foster Falls Day Guide

You can download a FREE Foster Falls Day Guide from Rockery Press by clicking on the following link:

Foster Falls Free Guide includes:
  • Driving & Approach Beta
  • Rules & Recommendations
  • Several days of route descriptions and recommendations
By chuckc
Apr 25, 2016
Wanted to give a heads up to folks about the strict "No Alcohol" policy. The group camping next to us had a single canned beer out while quietly cooking dinner around dusk, and the ranger on duty crept up on them and had them pour out the open beer as well as all the beer in their cooler under threat of a fine or getting kicked out of the park. Rules are rules, but I've never seen this level of enforcement in a state park, so if you're going to imbibe, keep it in a cup and on the DL because there are some crusading rangers at this place.
By Ryan Barton
Sep 19, 2016
The first night we discovered that the park has now changed their process in which you have to make reservations online before you are able to camp anywhere in the state park. Also, we learned that the two closest backcountry camping sites, Father Adamz (.5 mile from parking lot), and Small Wilde (just over 2 miles from parking lot), both require payments now to be able to camp there. This was regulated thoroughly by a park ranger that would walk the trail each night, checking the sites and making sure that every one was off of the trail by 30 minutes after sunset.
Climbing was decent. The concentrated 5.9 climbs in Jimmywood seemed a bit harder climbs for the 5.9 range. I highly recommend doing Saturated in Jimmywood. Was a fun high, 5.8 climb.

Our final day at the crag, we did a fun 4-5 mile out-&-back trail run down past both campsites and climber access points. Then we went down to the swimming hole of Foster Falls (the waterfall was dried up at this time) and swam and bouldered on the rock behind where the water fall is.
By BeauTrivers Trivers
Oct 4, 2016
I haven't camped here since the state took it over but no beer policy is a turn off - prohibition ended sometime back - good gawd y'all! Google camping options look grim - no RV for me. Beta?
By Jacob Wojcik
Mar 7, 2017
Heres a video of me climbing there. Beautiful place.
By Faith Neff
Apr 22, 2017
Good morning all,

I will be traveling through the area on weekend of May 12-14, 2017 and am looking for a belay buddy. Anyone know of a group going out that weekend?

By zachj Farris
May 9, 2017
I would highly recommend that someone who is familiar with this area either organize the climbing walls/location in relation to one another or provide a rough map that shows the location of the walls in relation to one another. Coming from someone who has only come here once before and trying to navigate these climbs I find it almost impossible. Every 2-5 climbs is considered a different crag and directions to each include descriptions such as, "Near Snatch" or "Just past White Wall". If you don't know where any particular wall is there is no way to tell how to get to any particular climb. Thanks for considering.
By Jenny O'Neil
May 25, 2017
Hey Zachj, we've climbed here once before and found mountainproject to be just useful enough but mostly very annoying. We're coming back tomorrow and this time have made a rough map of the area from the info extrapolated from MP. Here is a list of the areas in order, 'right to left', to the best of my knowledge...
From the falls trail:
White Wall
So what Area
Crime Buttress
Right Bunker
Left Bunker
The Dihedrals
Whole lot of breakdown and climber access one from the ridge (fiery gizzard) trail
Gutbuster Area
Sanford Wall
Rocket Slab
Rehab Slab
Snatch Wall
2nd access from the ridge trail
Red light district
Seasonal waterfall
Music city/5.9
Paradox Wall
Wall of Useless Conflict
Dogboy Village

Hope this helps you and whoever else comes here trying to decipher things. If anything is incorrect or out of date please feel free to correct me... preferably before tomorrow morning before I set out for round two of 'where in foster falls is...?'
By Zack Str
Jul 1, 2017
I'm gonna be there in 2 weeks. Any chance someone has the locations of the crags on Google my maps, and can share it with the group?
By Zack Str
Jul 3, 2017
this file contains exact crag locations, and can be imported into google earth:

Also, a PDF guide is available (not sure how good it is though):

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