Woodcock Cove


Can you believe it’s been a year? 365 days since Woodcock Cove opened to the public. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the love and stoke this iconic crag has received. The SCC has made significant progress on this project in the past year, including building more sustainable trails, routes and parking. But the work isn’t done yet. Woodcock Cove is a long-term project and SCC needs your support to continue preserving and stewarding this world class climbing resource. 

 SCC is stoked to announce that we have partnered with incredibly generous donors including Ed & Vicki Park, Blake Salmony, Michael & Jayme O’Donnell, Hugh Smith and Bob Farley for another matching campaign! Thanks to the generosity of these families and individuals, we have up to $10,000 matched for our Woodcock Cove Campaign this year. This allows us to double every dollar you donate to Woodcock in the month of April.

As climbers, we have a love for the land that is forged in a special way. Our defiance of gravity and our courage to push ourselves in beautiful natural spaces connects us to those places. As a coalition, we have the power to take action and protect the rocks we love to climb.

If you have the means, consider donating this month at the button bellow.

Remember that $1 = $2 thanks to our matching donors.

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Land Manager: Southeastern Climbers Coalition

Native Lands: ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee),  S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) and other ancestral indigenous peoples of this region.

Area Rep: Michael O’Donnell 



Woodcock Cove is near the small town of Dunlap in Sequatchie County, TN, approximately a one hour drive from Chattanooga and a two hour drive from Nashville and Knoxville. An impressive mile-long cliff offers continuous single-pitch sport and traditional climbs. The rock is on par with all of the classic crags of the Cumberland Plateau, while also offering a distinctly natural experience; the area is filled with wildlife habitats, forests, streams, and an impressive view of the Sequatchie Valley. Woodcock Cove features a freestanding sandstone pillar, along with massive dihedral walls, both of which are unique finds in the Southeastern climbing scene. Established routes range from 5.8 to 5.13, and there are extensive sections that offer excellent climbing at more moderate grades. 

The Southeastern Climbers Coalition worked with private landowners to secure a 64 acre tract in Woodcock Cove, before engaging in a land swap deal to secure even more of the cliffline. As always, a focus on community and building relations with landowners was crucial in acquiring the crag. While initial funding has secured the area, SCC needs the help of local climbers and conservationists to raise $257,000 over the next 3 years to complete work on the project and pay off the conservation loans to complete the purchase. We need the entire community’s help to fund this project.


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What to Expect

Good mix of trad and sport routes ranging from 5.8 – 5.13 +

Access notes

  • This crag is open, but is still under construction. We ask that you stay on established trails.  Keep an eye out for trail day opportunities this summer and fall to help us continue building this crag!
  • Carpool: Parking is limited, so please carpool. Walmart in Dunlap is a convenient spot to meet up and carpool from. 
  • Do not park in undesignated areas, including the road or neighbors property.
  • Permanent and semi-permanent slings and webbing should not be left on any route.
  • Bolting with permission only. Contact the SCC at info@seclimbers.org to obtain a bolting permit.
  • Guiding, commercial operations, events, and group usage by permit only. Contact SCC for approval.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car.


No Camping Available, but plenty of lodging in the nearby town of Dunlap or camping offered by surrounding Tennessee State Parks.


A route list PDF is available as a donation gift! Click the “Donate” button below.