The Best Rock Climbing in Chattanooga
June 18, 2016
If there’s one thing to know about Chattanooga, it’s that it’s an incredible destination for outdoor recreation. If you happen to love the thrill of adrenaline coursing through your veins, even better. Chattanooga was named the “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine for good reason. It is an incredible destination filled with a tremendous variety of outdoor adventures for all types. Whether it’s rock climbing, road and mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, white-water rafting, hang gliding, caving, or just about any other adventurous activity you can think of, you’ll find it right here in the exciting city of Chattanooga. Book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain, and spend your days scaling some of the most challenging rock in the country.
There’s no doubt about it; Chattanooga is a rock climbing paradise. Not only can climbers enjoy the challenge year-round, but Chattanooga is covered in what is known as Southern Sandstone. This incredible rock type provides a unique variation of climbs in a relatively small geographical area. All together, there are hundreds of climbing routes available in a 45 minute radius of Chattanooga. While most areas only excel in one type of rock climbing, Chattanooga has it all; bouldering, traditional and sport climbing. It’s no wonder climbers from all over the country have Chattanooga at the top of their lists.
Though there are a great variety of places to go rock climbing in Chattanooga, here are five of the most popular:
Stone Fort is one of the best bouldering fields in the entire country. It’s a must on any rock climber’s list. Some of the not-to-miss classics include Super Mario (V4), The Sternum (V5), and Tennessee Thong (V7).
Sunset Rock is easily considered the “crown jewel” of southern sandstone climbing. Sunset Rock, a long, linear cliff line, is conveniently located along the north side of Lookout Mountain. Much of this climb remains shaded during the heat of the day, making it fairly comfortable in the hot summer sun.
Rocktown is a bit farther away and requires some hiking to get to the best climbing. Once there, Rocktown boasts more than 500 established problems, including Soap on a Rope (V4) and Golden Harvest (V10).
Foster Falls is part of South Cumberland State Park. It features some of the most popular year-round sport climbing in the area. There are a total of 179 routes at a wide variety of grades and heights, including vertical to overhanging sandstone. What makes this location even better is the beautiful view of 80-foot tall Foster Falls during the approach. Splashing around in the falls is also a great way to cool off post-climb.
The Tennessee Wall is a fiery orange sandstone cliff bordering the Tennessee River. Known locally as T-Wall, this two mile long climbing wall is famous for its diverse features including cracks, arêtes, dihedrals, and overhanging walls and roofs.
After what is sure to be a long and exhausting day scaling steep rock faces, there’s no doubt you’ll be looking forward to sinking into the luxurious atmosphere found at our Bed and Breakfast. Book your stay with us today, and get ready for the rock climbing adventure of your life.