The southeast has so many options for climbers. Let’s look at what’s near a popular, hip city called Chattanooga!
Since there is a lot of climbing to choose from in the southeastern US, I figured I’d share 5 climbing areas nearest Chattanooga, TN that you might find interesting. This post lists 5 of the best climbing destinations to check out if you’re in or near Chattanooga, TN.
Stone Fort (Little Rock City) -Bouldering
Stone Fort climbing is located on Montlake Golf Course. Be on the lookout for designated climbers only parking, and don’t expect to get into this premier climbing destination for free. The cost is $8.75 per person per day. Is the price worth it: YES. ABSOLUTELY YES. If you’ve never been, you need to carve out time to do some bouldering at Stone Fort.
Get ready to slap on slopers, crank on crimps, and pull on side pulls! Stone Fort has some of the best bouldering down south. The approach is short and simple. Made up of soft, southern sandstone your fingers will be in for a very special treat!
Stone Fort Little Rock City, 1129 Brow Lake Rd, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379
Rocktown – Bouldering
Another one of the best bouldering designations near Chatt is Rocktown bouldering. Located in La Fayette, Georgia hugging Tennessee’s border, Rocktown has it all for the psyched boulderer!
Here’s what you should expect from Rocktown: groovy movement, stellar slopers, beautifully-featured huecos, and sketchy topouts that get the heart racing.
Rocktown, Chickamauga, GA 30707
Foster Falls – Sport Climbing
Foster Falls is a premier sport climbing destination in the southeast. It’s in Jasper, TN, which is just west of Chattanooga. Grades cater to beginner climbers up to the 5.13 climbers!
The rock is sandstone consisting of mostly single pitch climbs. It’s very accommodating to all sorts of styles: slab, vertical, overhung, dihedrals, etc.
Foster Falls Recreation Area, 498 Foster Falls Rd, Sequatchie, TN 37374
Tennessee Wall – Trad Climbing
Don’t worry, T-Wall accepts all levels of climbers – from beginners – like George – to easy-going peeps – like Kramer.
One of the best places to climb trad is Tennessee Wall (T-Wall)! You’ll find mostly single pitch routes, but there are also some multi-pitch climbs as well.
T-Wall is hands-down on of the most popular winter climbing destinations in the southeast. The wall is south-facing, receiving sun all day!
Fun fact: T-Wall is in Prentice Cooper State Park, making it a prime trad climbing destination and peaceful camping area! Find free camping at Prentice Cooper State Park.
Tennessee Wall, 6 Georgia 1, Chickamauga, GA 30707
Horse Pens 40 – Bouldering
According to Mountain Project, Horse Pens 40 (HP 40) could be “one of the best in perhaps the world!!” I mean, if Mountain Project says so, it must be true, right? I’ve climbed here one time and was very pleased by the approach, quality, and climbs. I was surprised by how short some of the routes were, though.
There are so many high-quality boulders from V0-V11+. So you definitely won’t get bored. Similar to Stone Fort, there is a fee to climb at HP40. It is on private land. You can choose to pay for a day pass of $8.00/person/day or a fee which includes camping for $20/person/night. Click this link for more information, but the fees are not up to date. I paid $20/person/night when I climbed here in 2019. CALL for the most recent prices for passes and camping fees.
Horse Pens 40, 3525 Co Hwy 42, Steele, AL 35987
There is so much climbing, as mentioned before. So how do you narrow it down even further? I highly recommend checking out popular problems on Mountain Project; then watch the beta on YouTube to see if any of those problems get you psyched for your trip. Bouldering is awfully saturated down south in the best possible ways: there are many options!
IMO: you can’t go wrong with any of the 5 climbing destinations I recommended above. I most enjoy bouldering at Stone Fort, but it also might be because I’ve been there more frequently than all the other climbing areas.