Boulders at Old Wauhatchie
(St. Elmo Boulders)

The Boulders on Old Wauhatchie Pike is a bouldering area owned and managed by Lookout Mountain Conservancy (LMC), a nationally recognized local land trust in Chattanooga, TN. Situated next to Chattanooga’s St. Elmo neighborhood, it offers quality bouldering at all grades, right at the base of Lookout Mountain in the great outdoor city of Chattanooga. Super easy access and the closest rock to town make it a great place to go after work, with family and kids, or to simply get in full session with friends.

Hiking, Biking, Running
Hikers, runners, and bikers of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the 5-mile Guild-Hardy trail that slowly climbs the east brow of Lookout Mountain offering intermittent views of downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River. The trail is ADA-accessible with modified equipment for crushed gravel. This trail is a local favorite for families and those seeking a nature experience without having to travel far from downtown. With the help of volunteers, Lookout Mountain Conservancy constructed this trail and the associated parking lot to provide recreational access to many public trails traversing the north and east slopes of Lookout Mountain. 

History of the Bouldering Park

In 2017 LMC worked with the Access Fund and Southeast Climbers Coalition to transform the boulders on LMC property into a safe and environmentally friendly bouldering park for climbers to enjoy. The boulders were covered in English Ivy and other invasive plants, posing quite the challenge. But through the hard work of The Howard School Interns and hundreds of volunteers, the boulders were transformed and are now accessible with hand-built durable surfaces at the base of each boulder. It’s worth checking out even if you aren’t a climber.


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Trail Map

Hours and Cost

Open Daily Dawn to Dusk

Cost: Free. However, donations to LMC are encouraged and appreciated.

Pet Friendly

Yes, on a leash


Lookout Mountain Conservancy
P.O. Box 76
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350


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