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Climbing Guide

Trad Climbing At The T-Wall (Chattanooga)

Tennessee Wall aka T-Wall (Suck Creek, Prentice Cooper State Forest): The Tennessee Wall is the “crown jewel” of the Sandstone Belt. Located on the Prentice Cooper State Forest, it is regarded as the premier cliff near Chattanooga, offering routes in all grades and styles (sport and traditional), with impeccable bullet hard rock quality and spectacular vistas of the Tennessee River Gorge below, this is must stop for the rock climbing connoisseur. The three miles of T-Wall cliffline offers one to two pitch sport and traditionally equipped routes, ranging from a walk in the park to balls to the wall hard. Here are a few sample classics of too many: Art (8 trad), Sugar in the Raw (11a trad), Prerequisite for Excellence (8 trad), In Pursuit of Excellence (9 trad), Jay Walker (7 trad), Golden Locks (8 trad), Stinger (12b sport), Psycho Path (13b sport), Twisting in the Wind (12b sport), Over the Rainbow (12d sport), and Respect for the Spider (14a) are but a few.

Directions from Chattanooga: Take 27 N to exit for Signal Mountain Road (Hwy 127N). In about 1½ miles, before the road starts to go up the mountain, take a left onto Suck Creek Rd (across from Shuford’s BBQ). At about 4 miles you will cross a bridge. Immediately after the bridge take a left onto River Canyon Rd. Follow this road for about 6 miles until you see the large gravel parking lot on the left and the trail head on the right just before the parking lot. Follow the trail to the base of the cliff, roughly 20 minutes of steep hiking from the parking lot.

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