PRIME SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE ROCK CLIMBING PROTECTED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME
Jasper, TN (Marion County) –March 30, 2015– The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, The Land Trust for Tennessee, The Conservation Fund, Harvey Cameron and The Southeastern Climbers Coalition are pleased to announce that through a strong collaborative partnership, Castle Rock, one of Southeast Tennessee’s premier rock climbing sites, will be protected and accessible to the public forever.
Castle Rock is a mighty 30-acre parcel that sits atop the Cumberland Plateau. The forested property contains a rock bluff, clearly visible from the valley below, which is popular among local and traveling rock climbers. According to the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, Castle Rock provides some of the best rock climbing in Southeast Tennessee. Cody Roney, Executive Director of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition says about the project, “Castle Rock is a great asset for the climbing community and the SCC is really excited to work with the Tennessee River Gorge Trust and The Land Trust for Tennessee on preserving and maintaining the area.” From this point forward, these acclaimed bluffs will be a permanent part of the outdoor recreational community for future generations of tourists and locals alike.
From the edge of the bluff, climbers can see for miles across the town of Jasper and the Tennessee River; and Castle Rock offers climbers choices on how they get there. Castle Rock boasts nearly half of a mile of bluff line, portions of which are up to 120 feet tall, with nearly 100 sport and traditional routes. The sandstone turret that forms the bluff is south facing and offers breathtaking views of the highly scenic Sequatchie Valley. Castle Rock is known for having one of the hardest routes in the State of Tennessee (Apes on Acid 5.13d), which offers a challenge to even advanced climbers. Thanks to the hard work of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, the crag is equipped with great moderate routes as well, offering something for climbers of all skill levels.
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