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Tennessee Rock Climbing 

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There's probably no place in the southeast that has such a high concentration of great climbing destinations as has Tennessee. Within an hour's drive of Chattanooga alone are eight crags with enough routes to last you a lifetime. And if you ever get tired of Chattanooga, there's plenty of other climbing areas to keep you busy, from Nashville to the west to Knoxville in the east.

Much of the climbing in Tennessee is on the Cumberland Plateau, a 300-mile ridge that stretches into Alabama and Kentucky. The rock is hard, high-quality sandstone, and the terrain can include long crack climbs and overhanging jugfests. The variety is incredible.

Tennessee boasts climbing year-round. In the dead of winter, you'll see climbers on the rock in their t-shirts at such south-facing crags as Tennessee Wall. When summer's at its hottest, Sunset Park is a great destination: its west-facing cliff stays shady until well into the afternoon.

There's plenty to do no matter what your climbing style. For trad leaders, T-Wall and Sunset are the top choices; other trad destinations include Suck Creek Canyon and Prentice Cooper. Sport climbers can clip bolts at Foster Falls and Obed. And there's a little of both at Leda. For the truly adventurous who want to carve out their own routes, there's Big South Fork, a real climbing frontier.


For the authoritative guidebook to Tennessee climbing, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the Dixie Cragger's Atlas by Chris Watford. If you plan to spend much time in the state, the DCA should be part of your climbing gear.

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1,358 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',161],['3 Stars',564],['2 Stars',426],['1 Star',177],['Bomb',8]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tennessee

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tennessee:
Storming the Castle   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   Stone Fort (aka Little Rock...
Art of the Vogi   V4 6B     Boulder   Stone Fort (aka Little Rock...
Super Mario   V4 6B     Boulder   Stone Fort (aka Little Rock...
The Wave   V6 7A     Boulder   Stone Fort (aka Little Rock...
Celestial Mechanics   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Stone Fort (aka Little Rock...
Art   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
Prerequisite for Excellence   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
Passages   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
Golden Locks   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
Razor Worm   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
In Pursuit of Excellence   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
Holy War   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 95'   Foster Falls : Wall of Useless Conflict
Best Seat In The House   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 85'   South Clear Creek : The Balcony
Ruben   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Foster Falls : Jimmywood
Where Lizards Go to Die   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall West
Cake Walk   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
Finger Lockin' Good   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
Spawn   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   South Clear Creek : Image Wall
Solstice   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   South Clear Creek : Solstice Cave
Rage   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   South Clear Creek : Stephen King Library
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Featured Route For Tennessee
Rock Climbing Photo: KA bearing down on Mirage.  Photo by Chris Brown (...

Mirage 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13  TN : The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East
Mirage climbs the righthand margin of a beautiful west-facing wall of orange rock just before reaching the Golden Gloves area. There are two obvious bolted lines on this wall -- Mirage is the right; Brazen Serpent is the left -- the two routes share the first bolt. Start at the center of the wall and climb up and right to the first bolt. Continue up to the obvious undercling below the roof. I recommend placing a cam here (there are spots for blue & yellow TCUs as well as a 0.5 Camal...[more]   Browse More Classics in TN

Photos of Tennessee Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the overlook at Sunset Park.
View from the overlook at Sunset Park.
Rock Climbing Photo: Waterfall in Fall Creek Falls.
Waterfall in Fall Creek Falls.
Rock Climbing Photo: climbing at Foster Falls
climbing at Foster Falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Blue Hole Falls
Blue Hole Falls

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By Stone Brew
From: Chattanooga, TN
Sep 21, 2010
This is mandatory viewing for all climbers
By James Arnold
From: Chattanooga
Jul 16, 2011
Good place to stay in Chatt is the hostel that opened this spring...Dan, Max, and Al et al will give you some serious betas as well.
By Rockery Press
Oct 13, 2014

Download Free Day Guides from Chatt Steel & Chattrad here:

Each mini-guide includes driving, approach, and climbing beta for several days of classic climbs around the Chattanooga, TN area.

Free Day Guides Include:
  • Foster Falls
  • Castle Rock
  • T-Wall (Sport)
  • Leda
  • Deep Creek
  • Laurel Falls
  • Buzzard Point
  • Sunset Rock
  • Suck Creek Canyon
  • T-Wall (Trad)
  • Promised Land
By ferrells
Jan 20, 2015
Is there a reason, like access concerns, that no one has posted Pep Boys or the Apartment Boulders?

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