Local Rock Climbing
“The amount of sandstone in this region is not only vast but of stellar quality and often compared to the world-class climbing destination of Fontainebleau in France. Climbers from all over the world make Chattanooga a destination solely based on this fact.” (https://rootsrated.com/chattanooga-tn/climbing). I would recommend bringing a route guide book if you come to climb because the Chattanooga area is famous for the number of routes and diversity of routes and boulder fields nearby. The closest routes are on Lookout, below Sunset Rock, top mount, sport, and trad. The best launch for these routes is off West Brow Rd. on Lookout at the Sunset Rock trailhead. Little Rock City near Soddy Daisy is a boulder’s paradise. You just head up 27 north and will start up Soddy Mountain past Signal. In Prentice Cooper State Park across the River is the gorgeous TN Wall. Most of these routes, and there are MANY, are trad, but I believe some have been bolted in recent years. Foster Falls, Ocoee, Savage Gulf, and so many other areas offer countless great climbs for beginners as well as experts. Chattanooga also has a few great Climbing Gyms, the most famous is downtown near the Aquarium called High Point (called the nation’s coolest gym by climbing magazine). This place sits beautifully on Broad and is really the finest indoor climbing gym I have been to. There is also Urban Rocks-off Amnicola near the TN river and very close to the house in St. Elmo is the TN Bouldering Authority at 3804 St. Elmo Avenue. This gym is bouldering only, no roped routes, with some really challenging climbs.