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Denny Cove

Denny Cove – Southeast TN

Located about 45 minutes outside of Chattanooga, Denny Cove is a 685-acre landmark that has been hailed as one of the premier rock climbing destinations in Tennessee. Numerous conservation partners, including The Land Trust for Tennessee, worked for six years to conserve Denny Cove’s spectacular views, 70-foot waterfall, climbing routes, and habitat, which is home to rare plants and animals. Today, you can enjoy this multi-faceted landscape year-round as part of South Cumberland State Park.

Denny Cove Rock Climber

From the Ground Up: Conserving Denny Cove

The Land Trust for Tennessee often partners to expand public areas, like South Cumberland State Park. With support from The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, a group of partners led by the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) and Access Fund purchased the Denny Cove property from a timber investment company for permanent protection and climbing access in July 2016. The State of Tennessee acquired the land from SCC in December 2016, and Denny Cove was dedicated as part of South Cumberland State Park in March 2017.

In addition to the work of Southeastern Climbers Coalition, The Conservation Fund, and The Land Trust for Tennessee, the project would not have been possible without support from: Access Fund, Lyndhurst Foundation, Friends of South Cumberland State Park, Open Space Institute, The Conservation Alliance, Riverview Foundation, Tennessee State Land Acquisition Fund, Tennessee Heritage Conservation Fund, Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness, Triple Crown Bouldering Series, High Point Climbing and Fitness, and River Rocks.