In recent years, rock climbing has gained a lot of mainstream attention with the likes of award-winning films and a spot in the upcoming Olympics. Rock climbing can be an intimidating sport to jump into, but if you’re looking for adventure and a connection to the outdoors, a great way to do it is to climb!
If rock climbing sparks your interest, but you aren’t sure where to start, visit a local climbing gym staffed with knowledgeable instructors to acquaint you with the gear and teach you the ropes. Highpoint Climbing Gym, located in Chattanooga, is an hour drive from The Caverns. This gym is unique in that it features a climbing wall on the outside of the building. Highpoint has a kid zone for the little ones to climb around on, too.
Climbing gyms are also reliable resources if you are interested in hiring a guide to take you on an outdoor rock climbing trip. Climbing outside on real rocks feeds any appetite for adventure. Local to The Caverns are two popular outdoor climbing areas that have been developed for sport, trad, and top rope climbing—Foster Falls and Denny Cove.