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Fall Creek Falls State Park

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing at Fall Creek Falls State Park is by permit only. Permits are free and available at Park Headquarters in the Taft Village Area or register online.


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. 

Copperhead Rock

Copperhead Rock is a popular destination for for top roping and rappelling. There are routes for beginners and routes for more advanced climbers who would like to test their abilities. Copperhead Rock is located near the Fall Creek Falls Overlook and can be accessed via the Copperhead Rock Climbing Area.

At Copperhead Rock there are routes ranging from 5-5 to 5-10 and they range from 25 feet to 60 feet tall. There are plenty of strong anchor points for top roping in this area. Be sure to not leave gear unattended. To get back to the top of the climbing area, look directly at the rock face. Turn right and keep the rock face on your left hand side. Follow the trail all the way back to the top. Please respect wildlife and the wilderness reclamation area.

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  • No climbing or rappelling at Fall Creek Falls, Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls or within 300 yards of either side of any waterfall.
  • No climbing or rappelling in areas where danger might exist to other park visitors. This, however does not mean that one could climb if the are chosen by the climber might be visited by other park visitors. This simply means that areas that are regularly visited with attractions of then climbing are to be avoided. 
  • Protection devices, such as pitons, bolts, cables, or any other device that causes permanent damage is not to be used. Exceptions will be made in certain cases, but must be permitted first by the Park Manager. Failure to comply with this rule can result in permission for future climbs to be denied. No exceptions will be made for rappelling.
  • It is the pollicy of Fall Creek Falls to require that individuals planning to participate in climbing or rappelling activities check in at Park Headquesters before and after the activity. Also please comply with the following:
    • All climbers must be off the rocks one hour before sunset. No overnight camping allowed except at designated areas
    • Any incidents resulting in personal injury of damage to property must be reported to the Park Manager or other park official.
    • Permits must be carried on individual at all times during the activity.

Tennessee State Parks Climbing Policy

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Please park in the Fall Creek Falls Overlook Parking Lot.

Climbing Workshops

Fall Creek Falls State Park has two climbing workshops a year. One in the spring and the other in the fall. Ranger Ray Cutcher instructs climbers in climbing safety, the use of climbing/rappelling gear and gives instruction on climbing techniques. Workshops will be listed on the the Fall Creek Falls event page closer to the date.