The Adventure Collective

Local. Outdoor. Adventure.

Climbing Guide

Foster Falls Climbing (Chattanooga)

Foster Falls (Jasper): Great wall of southern sandstone, featuring beginner, moderate, and expert level sport routes averaging between 50-70 feet tall. Everything from slabs to steep walls line this 2 mile long cliff. The wall mainly faces south, so it is showered by sun light all day. The Right Bunker and the Darkie Cave offer some shade from the sun. If the climbing gets to hot, be sure to take the short hike out to the great swimming hole which features the 100′ Foster Falls waterfall. Notable routes include everything on the White Wall, especially Satisfaction (12a/b), Wristlets (11c), and Handcuffed (11c/d). Advance climbers will also enjoy the Crime Buttress, which is the next tall wall down the trail. The Right Bunker is just past the Crime Buttress which hosts routes on the upper end of the difficulty spectrum, where experts will be challenged with tons of steep southern sandstone. Beginners will enjoy the Jimmywood area and the Rocket Slab. A pay campground is available near the parking area.

Directions from Chattanooga: Take I-24 West, over Nickajack Lake, toward Jasper, TN. Exit onto TN 28 (exit #155), then exit again into the town of Jasper proper. Follow signs for TN 150 / US 41 toward Tracy City. Follow TN 150 to the top of the plateau, passing the old Mountain Mart on the left. Proceed for three miles to the Foster Falls entrance on the left, between the mile markers 8 and 9. The climber’s trail begins left of the parking lot and the dining pavilion. Follow the power lines left keeping the falls and the creek on the right. A long set of stone steps and suspension bridge take you over the Fiery Gizzard Creek and to the base of the cliff. Follow the trail down stream, keeping the wall on the right. Routes are listed from right to left.

The Adventure Collective

The Adventure Collective publishes a series of outdoor adventure sports guides to adventures in Asheville, Boone, Brevard, Chattanooga, Charleston and The Great Smoky Mountains.

You might also be interested by