April 30, 2021
Climbers Group Buys Big New Climbing Area in Tennessee
Woodcock Cove is 64 acres of undeveloped land with dozens of climbing routes in eastern Tennessee and now it’s protected after being purchased by the Access Fund and the Southeastern Climbers Coalition. The climbing is on sandstone cliffs, including a freestanding tower 75 feet tall.
The area was previously private property, and climbers had an agreement with the owners to cross the land and climb the cliffs. When a parcel consisting of about half the cliffline was put up for sale, the two groups purchased it, then arranged a land swap for the second half.
From the press release:
Centrally located between Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville, Alabama, Woodcock Cove sits high on the rocky, western rim of Sequatchie Valley. The largely rural area is dotted with small towns but dominated by undeveloped agricultural and forest lands. This area has been identified for its high conservation value, climate resilience, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and connected forest habitat…
SCC owns and plans to hold the property for long term, climber-friendly management and conservation, alongside the seven other climbing areas it owns in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. The Woodcock Cove project gives SCC a solid foothold to further expand public access in the area, which is home to a mecca of privately owned and untapped climbing resources.
Photo: Newly protected Woodcock Cove features a 75’ freestanding tower. Ancestral lands of ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East.) Credit: Caleb Timmerman.