Justin P. WilsonCumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park

Rock Climbing

Cumberland Trail State Park works closely with the Southeast Climbers Coalition to provide stewardship and oversight of Black Mountain, Deep Creek and Laurel Snow climbing areas and or parking areas.


To help ensure that Tennessee State Parks continues to provide quality areas for recreational climbing, all climbers should register online or with park management prior to each time they climb in Tennessee State Parks. Once you have registered, you will recieve a confirmation email with your unique registration number, site rules and other helpful info. Please keep the registration number with you while climbing. At some locations you may be asked to leave a piece of paper with your regsitration number on your car dashboard.

Groups of 10 or more, please call the park prior to filling out a registration. 

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Tennessee State Parks Climbing Policy

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Located just outside of Crossville, Black Mountain is one of Cumberland Trail State Park's premier climbing locations. At 2,900 foot, it its known for its spectacular views and offers top-rate top roping and bouldering. The boulder field is a great location for beginners to learn the basics and advanced climbers to hone their skills, especially in the maze area.

Need to Know Before You Go
  • There is no source of water here, so plan accordingly.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principals. Details at www.lnt.org
  • Bolting of routes and installations of safety equipment is only allowed with permission from park staff.

Directions: From I-40, take the Crab Orchard exit (east of Crossville) go south approximately 2 miles to a 4-way intersection (no stop sign). Turn left onto Owls Roost Road and follow it up to Black Mountain. There are two areas to park. The first is at the base of the first radio tower on your right - walk back across the road to find the trail and rocks. The second parking area is at the top of Black Mountain where the road ends - walk around the fence to find the trail that leads to the rocks.


Located near Chattanooga, Deep Creek at Cumberland Trail State Park is known for its sport climbing. Routes range from moderate to challenging.

The area is unique in that the land, streams and climbing routes are part of the Cumberland Trail State Park. The parking area and first two minutes of approach trail are owned and maintained by the Southeast Climbers Coalition.

**Please be sure to visit their webpage, seclimbers.org for information about parking and gate access as well as detailed information about the range of climbing routes available.

Please be respectful of all rules, other people, and of the sensitive environment while you visit this special and unique area.


Buzzard Point in the Laurel Snow State Natural Area, is managed by the Cumberland Trail. Buzzard Point is only open during daylight hours. The parking area closes at sunset. Vehicles left in gated parking areas after sunset are subject to being towed or locked in. To reach the climbing site, visitors must be prepared for a long hike in and out. Please check the Cumberland Trail website for any trail closures before heading out. Visit seclimbers.org for more information.