Tennessee Wall (TRAD)
The Tennessee Wall, on the rim of the Cumberland Plateau above the Tennessee River Gorge, is known as one of the premier cliffs in the Southeastern U.S. Miles of hard sandstone offer 600 routes from the 5.5 to 5.13 range of difficulty.
Because the wall faces southwest, the rock face can get extremely hot during most summer months, so the best climbing occurs October – May.
Climbers can access the T-Wall from River Canyon Rd. in the Tennessee River Gorge, approximately one half hour from downtown Chattanooga.
Day hiking, backpacking, primitive camping, flat water paddling
Traditional “TRAD” climbing with a very few sport climbing routes. NO TOP ROPE ACCESS
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga
14 miles | 33 minutes
Open year round except for managed hunt dates in Prentice Cooper State Forest
Number of Routes
Cliff Layout | Instructions from Dixie Craggers Atlas
“The T Wall is essentially a long cliff band running roughly north/south. The main trail intersects the cliff in the vicinity of a waterfall between the routes Death by Boobalooba and Hands across America. Everything to the left of the waterfall is Tennessee Wall South, and everything to the right is Tennessee Wall North. Most visitors and beginners will hike to the cliff along this main trail.”
An extensive rack of lead protection gear, including wired stoppers, TCU’s, larger cams up to 4 inches and lots of slings and carabiners.
In Case of Emergency
Marion County Sheriff
Or Dial 911
Yes, there are several campsites in the vicinity, in Prentice Cooper State Forest.
Prentice Cooper State Forest and WMA
3998 Game Reserve Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405