General information


 ATTENTION CLIMBERS: Be a voice for climbing in Tennesee, make sure you fill out this climbing pass so that the state of TN knows how many climbers utilize to their state parks. Why this is important: This helps us advocate for climbers with the state parks. Without this data, there isn’t a great way for us to show the state just how many climbers use the land.

Land Manager: Cumberland Trail State Park

Native Lands: ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) (from

Area Rep: Christian LeBlanc,

In 2018, Access Fund & SCC announced the acquisition of Dogwood West, a 7-acre tract off Bluffview Road in Graysville, TN. This purchase provides a key public access point to the Dogwood Boulders, previously only accessible via a 6-mile hike, and a new trailhead for the Cumberland Trail.

In 2009, a large portion of Dogwood Boulders was preserved in a major land conservation acquisition that added thousands of acres to Cumberland Trail State Park, creating the Graysville Mountain section. But that purchase still left a portion of the Dogwood Boulders unsecured, with a lengthy hike. This new acquisition secures a critical access point which now features a new public parking area and trailhead off Bluffview Road, as well as a small section of the overall Dogwood Boulders and a portion of cliff line.

In 2021 the State of Tennessee purchased the Dogwood West parcel from the Access Fund and it is now a unit of the Cumberland Trail State Park.


Google Maps to parking lot & trailhead.


What to Expect

Dogwood Boulders are on Cumberland Trail State Park property and host some of Tennessee’s premiere bullet sandstone.There are many developed boulders, as well as a large amount of first ascents waiting for you. Dogwood is a easy-moderate hike, with boulders in large clusters, spread out along an approximately 1-mile stretch.

Access notes

  • Be a good neighbor: Please make a good impression by driving slowly, smiling and being respectful to our neighbors.
  • Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash.
  • Leave No Trace: Keep this area beautiful and clean. Clean up after yourselves, your peers, and your pets. Lead by example and pick it up on the first pass.
  • All route development must be approved by the CTSP Fixed Hardware Committee


There is camping at nearby Dogwood Climbing, LLC


You can find a small section on Dogwood in the Chatt Bloc guidebook