Southern Rock: 685-acre climbing area added to Chattanooga park

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Chattanooga’s renowned climbing scene just got even better. A new 685-acre plot of land called Denny Cove, which features more than 150 climbing routes, has been added to the South Cumberland State Park. Last summer, The Land Trust for Tennessee purchased the property from a commercial timber company with help from partners such as the Southeastern Climbers Coalition and The Access Fund. The newly purchased land offers beautiful views and is a crucial habitat for rare species.

Denny Cove, nestled between two other popular climbing spots—Foster Falls and Castle Rock—is currently only open on the weekends while volunteers build trails, campsites, and restrooms during the week. It is expected to be fully open this summer.

This new addition to Chattanooga’s climbing scene will cement Southeast Tennessee as one of the top climbing destinations in the country. If you’re looking for a pristine sandstone paradise new to the climbing world, Denny Cove is worth a visit.


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