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Denny Cove

Denny Cove, located in South Cumberland State Park (SCSP) just south of Foster Falls, is a highly popular area for climbing and hiking. It offers an extensive cliffline spanning approximately 1.5 miles, providing ample space for numerous sub-crags and routes catering to climbers of all skill levels. Hikers often visit the area to enjoy the scenic overlook above Denny East, marvel at the waterfall at the cove’s entrance, or travel the trail along the edge of the cliffs.

Denny Cove consists of two primary climbing sectors: Denny East on the right side for climbers and Denny West on the left. To access these sectors, follow the main trail descending from the bluff into the cove, which effectively divides the cliffline. Denny West offers a substantial selection of moderately challenging routes (though there are still plenty of routes up to Grade 5.12+), multiple sectors including a traditional climbing zone, and a shorter approach. On the other hand, Denny East stretches for over a mile, comprising several sub-areas, notably the impressive Buffet Wall and numerous other areas worthy of exploration.

This crag is truly exceptional, with outstanding routes and sectors such as the renowned Buffet Wall. The climbing terrain and rock formations offer a diverse range, from steep and challenging sections to more technical faces, with occasional cracks interspersed throughout. The quality of the rock varies across the Cumberland spectrum, ranging from chunky and rugged sections to flawlessly solid panels and tiers, often encountered within a single route. Overall, both the routes and the rock quality are exceptional. If you have visited Foster Falls, Little River Canyon, or Obed, you’ll find a familiar atmosphere at Denny Cove (don’t forget your stick clip!). There are over 100 existing routes, and the area holds great potential for future development, particularly in the intermediate difficulty range.