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.

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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.

Southeastern Climbers Coalition T-Wall Information
Roots Rated T-Wall Information

Activity type
Traditional "TRAD" climbing with a very few sport climbing routes. NO TOP ROPE ACCESS

Related Activities
Day hiking, backpacking, primitive camping, flat water paddling

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga
14 miles | 33 minutes

GPS Coordinates (T-Wall Parking Area)
35.069038 -85.398932

Google Map to T-Wall Parking Area

Dates | Hours
Open year round except for managed hunt dates in Prentice Cooper State Forest.

Number Of Routes

YDS Grades
5.5 - 5.13

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."
-Chris Watford

Recommended Gear
An extensive rack of lead protection gear, including wired stoppers, TCU's, larger cams up to 4 inches and lots of slings and caribiners.

In Case of Emergency
Marion County Sheriff
Or Dial 911

Yes, there are several campsites in the vicinity, in Prentice Cooper State Forest.

Contact Informaton
Prentice Cooper State Forest and WMA
3998 Game Reserve Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 658-5551

Prentice Cooper State Forest

Tennessee Wall (TRAD)