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Back Breaker 
Cheesy Grits 
Frosted Flake 
It's My First Time 
No One Plots Like Gaston 
Pizza Friday 
Popped His Cherry 
Reach , The 
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Toxic Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.1615, -86.62159 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: KHall on Aug 15, 2009
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Unknown Route, bolted, in the middle of the wall


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.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Toxic Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Toxic Wall:
It's My First Time   V1 5     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   
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Featured Route For Toxic Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: It's My First Time Topo

It's My First Time V1 5  Tennessee : Toxic Wall
Sit start below the bolted route to the left of the skulls. Up and to the right on two layers of good juggy shelves. Then a good jugger to the left. "Crux" is a slightly sloped pocket to the right and a reach to the left....[more]   Browse More Classics in Tennessee

Photos of Toxic Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: In progress beta of "Skull Section"
BETA PHOTO: In progress beta of "Skull Section"
Rock Climbing Photo: Dry tooling
Dry tooling
Rock Climbing Photo: Look out Chattanooga, there's a new T-wall in town...
Look out Chattanooga, there's a new T-wall in town...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another Toxic Wall problem
Another Toxic Wall problem
Rock Climbing Photo: Noffsinger on The Cube
Noffsinger on The Cube
Rock Climbing Photo: Most of the long traverse available at Toxic Wall....
BETA PHOTO: Most of the long traverse available at Toxic Wall....
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Noffsinger on The Cube.
Jeff Noffsinger on The Cube.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Noffsinger on The Reach
Jeff Noffsinger on The Reach
Rock Climbing Photo: Marc Seitzman on Back Breaker
Marc Seitzman on Back Breaker
Rock Climbing Photo: Daniel Worley on Back Breaker
Daniel Worley on Back Breaker
Rock Climbing Photo: Same bolted route in the middle of the wall
Same bolted route in the middle of the wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Toxic wall seen from the river
Toxic wall seen from the river

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By Azeem Ansari
Jan 19, 2015
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.
By Daniel Worley
From: Big South Fork, TN
Jan 21, 2015
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.
By Dave Arlaud
Nov 8, 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?
By Bryan Stangeland
Mar 10, 2017
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.
By Tim Gragg
Jul 8, 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.
By Spencer McKee
Aug 2, 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.

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