Enjoy one of the most scenic, wild areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Small Wild Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. Foster Falls is a spectacular 60-foot waterfall plunging into a deep pool in the center of the 178-acre TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) Small Wild Area. Mountain laurel, azaleas and hemlocks growing above the falls, along the sandstone overlook and in the gorge below add to the beauty of this area. An easy hike will take you to the top of the falls. From there, a trail will take you over the river on a suspension bridge to the base of the falls for a delightful view and experience. Foster Falls is known in the climbers’ world as one of the premier climbing destinations in the Southeast. Foster Falls cliff offers a difficult as well as scenic sport climb; the cliff primarily faces south giving you plenty of warm sunshine most of the day. Foster Falls is a steep, compact rock tailor-made for pumpy, technical routes. The cliff line begins at Foster Falls, and runs downstream for nearly two miles, following the curving contour of Little Gizzard Creek.
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From Chattanooga, take I-24 West, over Nickajack Lake, toward Jasper. Exit onto TN 28, then exit again into the town of Jasper proper. Follow signs for TN 150/US41 toward Tracy City. Follow TN 150 to the top of the plateau, passing Mountain Mart on the left. Proceed for three miles to the Foster Falls entrance on the left. The trail begins at the parking lot and passes under the dining pavilion. At this point, the trail splits and a choice must be made: For a stunning view of Foster Falls, as well as easier access to the farthest climbing areas, then go right along the top of the falls, to cross a metal foot bridge. (This is the Fiery Gizzard Trail, which goes to Grundy Forest State Natural Area). Continue along the trail, following white blazes, past the falls overlook, for about 5 minutes or so, to Climber Access Trail #1. This trail intersects the cliff between the Dihedrals and Jimmywood. Continue further to Climber Trail #2, which intersects the cliff between the Rehab Slab and the Snatch Wall.