ATTENTION CLIMBERS: Be a voice for climbing in Tennessee, 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: South Cumberland State Parks
Area Rep: Allison Stowers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Foster Falls has become a popular destination for sport climbing in the south. Near the town of Jasper (just west of Chattanooga), it features high-quality sandstone, a gorgeous waterfall and scenic hiking trails. Foster Falls is part of the South Cumberland State Park System and is monitored by SCSP rangers. Amenities include camping (fee-based), picnic facilities and bathrooms at the parking lot. There’s also hiking trails if you need a break from climbing, and in the summer you can cool off in the pool at the base of the falls.
SCSP requires that all climbers register for a free permit every time they enter the park. Please fill out the permit here.
What to Expect
Foster Falls is predominantly sport climbing, hosting a wide variety of difficulty and style.
- Please stay on established trails.
- Absolutely no drugs or alcohol tolerated in TN State Parks.
- All climbers must be off the trail before dark.
- No rappelling allowed in climbing areas.
- Absolutely no top roping directly off fixed anchors.
- Please do not use chalk excessively.
- Be courteous to others. If other climbers are waiting, please limit your time on routes.
- Do not urinate near climbs or trails. Bury your waste and toilet paper or pack it out.
- Abandoned gear will be confiscated. Please do not “fix” routes or place permanent gear without approval.
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
- 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.
The Foster Falls campground has 26 rustic campsites ideal for tents or small trailers and some back country sites. Reservations are required.
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