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Sunset Rock (TRAD)

Sunset Rock, tucked into into a northwest facing bluff on Lookout Mountain, is the grandmother of traditional climbing in the Southeastern U.S.

A part of Lookout Mountain Battlefield in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, it is highly respected and protected by the local climbing community and the National Park Service as place of historical significance.

Because of it’s northwestern facing cliff, Sunset offers a cool, shady place to climb during the spring summer and fall, but in winter can get a bit brisk.

To protect access for climbers and also the mountain’s historical inegrity, please respect and obey all of the NPS climbing regulations for Sunset Rock.

The best place to park is Lookout Mountain Battlefield’s Cravens House.

Southeastern Climbers Coalition Sunset Rock Information

Roots Rated Sunset Rock Information

Related Activities

Day hiking, trail running

Activity Type

Traditional “TRAD” climbing with some set top rope anchors. DO NOT ANCHOR TO TREES. No sport climbing anchors.

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Craven’s House Parking Area

7.5 miles | 17 minutes

GPS Coordinates

35.013496, -85.341629

Google Map


6 a.m. Eastern Time to sunset. Strictly enforced. 

Number of Routes

100+ Some routes are permanently closed to climbing.

In Case of Emergency

Dial 911 
Point Park Visitor Center (423) 821-7786


No. Nearest camping is at Cloudland Canyon State Park or Raccoon Mtn. Caverns and Campground

Contact Information

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Lookout Mountain Battlefield
Point Park Visitors Center
(423) 821-7786

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

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