Land Manager: Cumberland Trail State Park
Native Lands: ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) (from Native-land.ca)
Area Rep: POSITION OPEN
In 2018, Access Fund and Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) purchased two bouldering and climbing access properties just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The acquisition secured a new climbing area, known as Hell’s Kitchen, and created a critical public access point to the climbing at Dogwood Boulders.
Hell’s Kitchen, located just outside the small community of Graysville, is a 10-acre property adjacent to Cumberland Trail State Park. SCC and Access Fund completed construction of a 2 mile approach trail to the boulders in 2018, creating access to this amazing and remote boulderfield.
The State of Tennessee has purchased Hell’s Kitchen from the Access Fund and it is now a unit of the Cumberland Trail State Park.
Interactive property map for Hell’s Kitchen & Dogwood West:
What to Expect
The area has only been open to climbing since 2018. It features a densely concentrated boulderfield with free-standing blocks, short sections of cliff, and a labyrinth of hidden corridors offering hundreds of problems and a small number of short, gritstone-like routes. Boasting quality sandstone, varied terrain, and striking lines, this is a prized new climbing resource, comparable to the bouldering at nearby Stone Fort and Rock Town.
No bolting or route development at Hell’s Kitchen until further notice. As we prepare to transfer the area to the state, we ask that no routes are developed at this time. If the status changes, developers will be required to follow the Cumberland Trail State Parks Fixed Hardware Committee Guidelines.
No camping at Hell’s Kitchen. You can find backcountry camping along the Cumberland Trail or paid camping at Dogwood climbing, LLC.