• Activities:

    Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.25 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
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Scenic

Some of the best bouldering in Tennessee only 20 minutes from downtown Chattanooga.

Stone Fort sits atop the Cumberland Plateau just half an hour from downtown Chattanooga, and is one of the premiere bouldering locations in the Southeast. One of the three sites of the annual Triple Crown Bouldering competition, Stone Fort offers a wealth of climbing problems for any climber's ability and stamina.

Stone Fort sits next to a golf course, so there is good parking and bathrooms. Climbers must pay a daily permit and sign a waiver to access the boulder fields that parallel the course itself. The climbing is only a 5-10 minute walk from the parking lot, and you could spend the next year trying to climb every problem Stone Fort offers.

As you explore the area you will no doubt stumble upon a group of climbers trying to tackle Jerry's Kids. Stop and watch the action as the solution to this problem is an amazing and delicate dance of balance, muscle, and mental fortitude.

After a day at Stone Fort you will come to appreciate why many climbers never see the need for rope and harness.

Post-climb hoof it back to town for a micro-brew at the Flying Squirrel Bar, conveniently located beside The Crash Pad; Chattanooga's hippest Hostel.

Pack List

  • Waiver and cash for daily permit
  • Crash pad (or multiples!)
  • Climbing shoes
  • Chalk
  • Guide book (there are a few to choose from)
  • Snacks and plenty to drink
  • Layers as temps can change dramatically during the day
  • Camera
  • First aid kit and tape for your fingers
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This spot is so easily accessible from downtown Chattanooga and is a great spot to meet an array of awesome locals while climbing. A must-do for anyone with climbing experience.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Rob Giersch Explorer

Humble urban and outdoor adventurer who escapes to the mountains and rivers whenever possible, trusty camera by my side.

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