Denny Cove

General information

Land Manager: South Cumberland State Parks

Area Rep: Jon Wyatt, wyattj8@yahoo.com

Denny Cove is located 30 minutes outside of Chattanooga, just north of the small town of Jasper, between the popular climbing at Foster Falls and Castle Rock. Local climbers began exploring the Denny Cove area in 2011. Excited by the quality and quantity of the cliff line, they brought it to the attention of Access Fund and SCC. We joined forces with South Cumberland State Park, LTTN, and The Conservation Fund and began working on a long term plan to purchase the property from a private timber owner for permanent protection and climbing access.

Thanks to a $150,000 loan from the Access Fund, SCC closed on the 685-acre parcel of land in eastern Tennessee and opened Denny Cove to climbing in 2016. This acquisition was made possible with critical support of The Land Trust for Tennessee (LTTN) and The Conservation Fund. SCC and Access Fund spent four months building trails, a parking lot and making road improvements. Once infrastructure projects were complete we transferred the property to South Cumberland State Parks.

SCC still owes $70,000 on the Access Fund loan. Please consider making a donation to this amazing climbing area and help us pay off the Denny Cove loan!

Directions

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What to Expect

Denny Cove already offers approximately 150 climbing routes, with potential for many more on nearly three miles of cliff line. The unique multi-colored sandstone offers routes of all grades and ability levels and boasts a wide variety of terrain—from long overhanging walls to massive roofs, slabs, cracks, and corners.

Route development at Denny Cove is on-going. If you are interested in route development, please read the Fixed Hardware guidelines and be sure to put in your new route proposal during the open proposal periods.

Access notes

  • Denny Cove gate is now opened daily by park rangers.  The gate will close 30 minutes after sunset central time–ALL CLIMBERS MUST BE OUT BY THIS TIME! (There is a sign posted on the trails of sunset times)
  • No camping
  • Route Development by permit only. Click here for information about the SCSP Fixed Hardware Committee.
  • Please stay on marked trails. Trail reroutes could cause changes to the trails, so please follow all new signage or trail markings.
  • Please keep dogs on a leash
  • Please dispose of human waste properly
  • Pack out all trash and gear

Camping

No camping at Denny Cove. Foster Falls is less than 2 miles away and offering various camping options.

Guidebook

Rockery Press has released an online Denny Cove full guidebook through Rakkup. Download the app to purchase the full guidebook.

Denny Cove Mini Guide– Cody Averbeck has donated a mini-guide for Denny Cove.
View in your browser or download directly.

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