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Climbing at Foster Falls

An absolutely gorgeous setting, casual approach, high quality sport routes on excellent stone and a state park ranger staff that is very pro-climbing (thanks John Christof et al!!) make this crag a must see destination. Primarily developed as a sport climbing cliff in the early 1990’s, Foster Falls quickly gained prominence both for its climbing and for the amazing efforts of the landowner, Jim Prince, who fought long and hard to preserve and protect the gorge for recreation and conservation. The visitor will find convenient camping and routes that are mostly in the higher grades. For the most part, only a rack of a dozen quickdraws are all that’s needed. The cliff is climbable on all but the coldest days, while the falls and Little Fiery Gizzard Creek provide a nice end of the day cool off in the summer. A few things to bear in mind:

  • Please stay on the marked trails only and keep dogs on a leash.The TVA managed campground is closed in winter, but background camping allowed year-round. Please be clean and discreet.
  • Beware of the occasional loose hold and inspect all bolts, hangers and anchor stations.

Recommended routes: Ankles Away 5.9, Twist and Shout 5.9, Narcissism 5.10, Standing Room Only 5.11, Every route on the White Wall 5.11-5.12b

If you are in need of a new or some , come by and have a member of our experienced staff help you out.
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