Suck Creek, Tennessee (TN)

Location

Suck Creek, Tennessee
United States
35° 7' 18.12" N, 85° 23' 29.76" W
US

Climbing in Suck Creek Canyon dates back at least to the late 1970s. Rob Robinson, Forrest Gardner and Peter Henley established numerous lines in the Roadside Wall and Upper Passes areas during the 80s; later in that decade, Gardner and Todd Wells began developing the Concentration Camp section. There is not a lot of information on this location, but it is a nice, quiet, out of the way spot for climbers who enjoy a more peaceful location instead of the more popular routes.

Climbing Routes

Flying Squirrel Buttress (Traditional)

  • Bomb's Away- 5.8 A great multi-pitch route.

The Roadside Wall- 5.8-5.12a/A1-A4 (Traditional/Free Solo)

  • Special Olympics- 5.11c
  • Cornhole- A4
  • Cruise Control- 5.8
  • Happy Holidays- 5.12a
  • Jerry's Kids- 5.10c
  • Nifty Nine- 5.9
  • Snapper Beefer- A1
  • The Obsessed- 5.11a

The Upper Passes- 5.8-5.11d (Traditional)

  • Rockwork Orange- 5.9
  • Tombstone- 5.10d
  • Shelob- 5.8
  • Sandstone Cemetery- 5.9
  • Kashmir- 5.9
  • Panty Raid- 5.11a
  • The Cauldron- 5.11d

Camping
Prentice Cooper State Park
Camping is permitted at two designated campsites: Davis Pond and Hunter's Check Station. Campsites are primitive with pit toilets and campfire rings only. Camping is first come, first serve. Those camping at Davis Pond must be in the campsite by dark. Backpackers may use the campsites along the trails.
Jim Lane
PO Box 160
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 658-5551

Directions
From Chattanooga take 27 north across the Tennessee river. After about a mile, exit onto 127 north, and follow it to the base of Signal Mountain. Turn left on Suck Creek Road (27 west), and follow it for four miles, cross a bridge, and continue up the canyon. There are 2 places to climb here at suck creek, 1) upper passes and 2) roadside wall. Then pull off for the upper pass is on the right about a mile from the bridge. Hike across the creek to the base of the cliff base the routes lie to the left of the landslide. The roadside wall is about 1.5 miles past the bridge and there is an obvious pull off on the right. Scramble across the creek and to the cliff base.

GPS: 
Latitude: 35.1217
Longitude: -85.3916