South Cumberland State Park


Attention:South Cumberland State Park was recently the recipient of a Recreational Trails Program grant for the Foster Falls Trailhead Renovation and Fiery Gizzard Trail Maintenance projects. On September 26, 2016, construction will begin at the Foster Falls trailhead and will continue until further notice. Construction should not interfere with activities at this time; however it could cause minor disruptions in the parking area. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation during this time, and we apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

Rock Climbing

South Cumberland State Park is home to several very popular climbing areas: Denny Cove, Foster Falls, and Stone Door. Permits are now available online or by calling the park office. Please note: groups of 10 or more must contact the park prior to climbing.

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Stone Door

Top rope climbing and rappelling are allowed at Stone Door in designated areas. Climbing or rappelling on the Stone Door overlook, or in the Stone Door itself is prohibited. The use of natural anchors is necessary, therefore practicing Leave No Trace techniques is critical to minimize impact. More information about climbing and rappelling at Stone Door can be found on the permit that MUST be filled out at the trailhead or online. 

Denny Cove

Denny Cove is one of the newest areas of South Cumberland and is located less than two miles south of Foster Falls. It is home to well over 100 established sport climbing routes, as well as several challenging traditional climbs. Climbing grades range from 5.8 to 5.14. The majority of routes in Denny Cove fall into the 5.11 to 5.12 range.  Much of the cliff line at Denny Cove extends above the shade of trees; therefore peak climbing conditions will occur during cooler months. The trails in Denny Cove are currently under construction. Due to this fact, Denny Cove is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. Once our trails are up to specifications the area will be open full time. There is currently no camping in Denny Cove, and the gate closes 30 minutes after sunset Central Time. Rappelling in Denny Cove is prohibited.

Foster Falls

Foster Falls is one of the most popular sport climbing areas in the southern United States. Every year people travel from all over America and Canada to test their skills on the challenging sandstone bluffs.  There are more than 150 established climbing routes at Foster Falls ranging in difficulty from beginner friendly 5.5’s and 5.7’s to see-what-your-made-of 5.13 and 5.14’s. The majority of the climbs fall into the 5.10 to 5.12 range. Trails close 30 minutes after sunset Central Time, so climbers must plan accordingly in order to get out on time. Rappelling at Foster Falls is prohibited. There are two campgrounds near the crag for climbers looking to stay overnight. The Foster Falls campground, which is the only car camping area in the park, and the backcountry campground Father Adamz are great choices. More information on our camping opportunities can be found in the Camping section of this website.  

Additional information about these climbing sites may be found at

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