Starr Mountain, Tennessee (TN)


Starr Mountain, Tennessee
United States
35° 14' 58.2" N, 84° 31' 37.92" W

Starr Mountain is located partly in the southwest corner of Monroe County Tennessee and in Polk County, in the Cherokee National Forest. The flat plateau like mountain is about halfway between Tellico Plains and Etowah. Its elevation ranges from 750 to 2290 feet. Surrounded by valleys and bisected from Oswald Dome to the south by Hiwassee River, the two mountains look like islands encircled by a sea of green. Starr Mountain holds some nice rock in a great setting. According to the Flatliners, Starr Mountain is typical of other Tennessee climbing areas, a river has cut a canyon exposing cliffs high on its north side. The rock is characteristic good quality sandstone similar to that found in nearby locations, though it is unique here in that there are two bands of stone. The lower band of rock is most similar to the type of rock found at Sunset Rock. It's gray, more slabby and slopey, requiring more of a friction climbing approach. It's also more mossy and overgrown. The best routes are found on the upper tier. The rock here is most like that found at the Tennessee Wall, orange rock with sharp corners, cracks, and aretes, and roofs.

Climbing Routes

2 Sport Routes- 5.6-5.7 (Limestone)

  • Left Route- 5.7
  • Right Route- 5.6

Main Face- 5.6-5.11b (Sandstone)

  • Big Men- 5.10c
  • Excalibur- 5.10d
  • Lucky Strikes- 5.9
  • Pleasing- 5.6
  • Flake Route- 5.9
  • Slut Puppy- 5.11a
  • The Sound of One- 5.9
  • Attention Deficit- 5.8
  • Beast Below- 5.8
  • Blue Sun- 5.9
  • Escape From- 5.9
  • Men Without Hats- 5.8
  • Vulcans do not- 5.11b

There are many primitive campsites along the river.
Lost Corral Campground
Reliance, Tennessee
1 mile off 411
Contact Sandi Panella at 770-893-4554, cell 770-655-3546

I-75 North from Chattanooga towards Cleveland. Exit 64 East. Follow to 411 North through Benton. Look for turn right into Gee Creek about half a mile after crossing the Hiawassee River. Look for a pulloff on the left near a culvert 2+ miles along the river.

Latitude: 35.2495
Longitude: -84.5272