Land Manager: Access Fund and Southeastern Climbers Coalition

Area Rep: Position open

Access Fund and Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) are pleased to announce the purchase of two bouldering and climbing access properties just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This acquisition secures a new climbing area, known as Hell’s Kitchen, and creates a critical public access point to the climbing at Dogwood Boulders.

Hell’s Kitchen, located just outside the small community of Graysville, is a 10-acre property adjacent to Cumberland Trail State Park.  SCC and Access Fund will be working in Summer 2018 to build out the trails so climbers can enjoy the boulderfield by climbing season!

We need your help!

We need donations from the local climbing, hiking, and conservation community to finalize this project and complete the transfer to Cumberland Trail State Park. Access Fund and SCC are working together to raise $162,000 to cover the purchase price, transaction costs, and necessary trail and stewardship improvements to create sustainable access to the areas. Click the button below to donate today!


Hell’s Kitchen will be accessible via the Roaring Creek parking lot for the Cumberland Trail. Because there is no trail to Hell’s Kitchen, there is no way to access the boulders until our Summer trail days begin.

What to Expect

The area has never been open to climbing, and it features a densely concentrated boulderfield with free-standing blocks, short sections of cliff, and a labyrinth of hidden corridors offering hundreds of problems and a small number of short, gritstone-like routes. Boasting quality sandstone, varied terrain, and striking lines, this is a prized new climbing resource, comparable to the bouldering at nearby Stone Fort and Rock Town.

Access notes

Hell’s Kitchen is not currently accessible because of lack of trails. Please join us starting June 9 for trail days to get the trails built and the area ready to open to climbers!


No camping at Hell’s Kitchen. You can find backcountry camping along the Cumberland Trail or paid camping at Dogwood climbing, LLC.


There is currently no guidebook for Hell’s Kitchen.