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Currahee Mountain  

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Currahee Mountain isn't an easy place to love. It's out of the way; the dirt road leading up the mountain is often in bad repair; graffiti makes parts of it look more like an abandoned urban neighborhood than a climbing area. But if you can get past all that, there is some really nice friction climbing at Currahee that makes it worth a visit. Some of the best lines include Mikey's Mantle, Frictionary and Pigs on the Wing.

The rock at Currahee is good quality granite, mostly slab. Most routes are bolted to a greater or lesser degree, but some trad gear is good to have on many lines.

Camping is permitted along the road that ascends the mountain. The town of Toccoa is nearest source for food and other non-climbing essentials.

Getting There 

From Atlanta, head north on I-85 to I-985 and take 985 until it ends, continuing on as US 365/441. Bear off at the Toccoa-Lavonia exit and watch for a traffic-light controlled intersection with 123. Take a right on 123 and go about three miles to a gravel turnoff on the left; this is Forest Service Road. Follow the road to the top of the mountain and a parking lot. From the parking lot, follow a trail around a tower and scramble down to the cliff base.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

50 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Currahee Mountain:
Deprived Child   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Slab Area
All I Wanted was a Pepsi   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Slab Area
Dust Bowl Daze   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Slab Area
Trad and True   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Slab Area
Buzzard Breath   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport   The Buzzard Wall
Frictionary   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Slab Area
Rip Cord   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Buzzard Wall
Stranger than Friction   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Slab Area
Summer Solstice   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Slab Area
Mikey's Mantle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Slab Area
Pigs On the Wing   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Brick Wall
Kemoslabee   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Slab Area
Power Flyer   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Brick Wall
Where Buzzards Dare   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   The Buzzard Wall
Comfortably Numb   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Brick Wall
Smooth as Silk   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Buzzard Wall
Plague   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Brick Wall
Dreams   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Brick Wall
Jeep Streak   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Brick Wall
Ebola   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Brick Wall
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The thin crack is left of the green line. Pro plac...

Dreams 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  GA : Currahee Mountain : Brick Wall
great layback crack climb. fingers to very thin fingers. crux is at end of the crack where you move right onto the face well above small gear. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in GA

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After the dirt and gravel road starts the single t...
BETA PHOTO: After the dirt and gravel road starts the single t...
Lower parking lot at Currahee off of 184. Notice t...
BETA PHOTO: Lower parking lot at Currahee off of 184. Notice t...
Slab area mikeys mantle and all I want is a pepsi
Slab area mikeys mantle and all I want is a pepsi
right side of brick wall
right side of brick wall
Right slab area
Right slab area
the trail leads to this view point. Its a great vi...
the trail leads to this view point. Its a great vi...

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By JOhn CAmeron
From: DENVER!!!
Sep 22, 2007
Currahee is a simple place- i like it a lot. however, i am easily pleased. you get to look around at the surrounding countryside: the rolling hills and farms and the brick wall faces direct west so the sunsets are great. with easily placed topropes, its a great place to introduce people to the sport.
By Franklin
Nov 20, 2012
Does anyone know if you can camp at the top of the mountain? I was checking out the area recently and saw a couple fire pits on the backside. I figure someone was camping there but didn't know if it was "allowed". I want to go climb there and wanted to camp but didn't know if I was going to run into any issues other than the gate closing at some point.

Thanks for your help.
By Mark O'Neal
From: Nicholson, GA
Mar 5, 2013
To access the trail to the top of Curahee. Park on Hwy 184 0.9 miles south of Dicks Hill Pkwy. There is a old polling place on the west side of the road with dual entrances and parking. There is an obvious trail built by the boy scouts that takes you to the top. Turn right at a boulder with a little mini cave to access the Slab Area and Buzzard Wall. Keep going straight another minute and then turn left to access the Brick Wall

Edit July 2013: Polling building and gates are gone.
By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jan 22, 2015
I added some photos describing the approach from the lower parking lot. If you are a climber, this should be the way you take. The hike takes about the same amount of time as driving up the road to the top. It also saves a lot of wear and tear on your car. Look for the horseshoe shaped parking lot with the yellow gate on the right side. In years past, the road to the top often is closed due to the road being too wet.
By thenathanwilliams
From: Seneca, SC
Feb 4, 2015
I am organizing a cleanup here to remove some graffiti, improve and mark some trail, clean up trash,etc. PM me if you are interested in helping or for more info.
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Feb 4, 2015
Have you tried to organize it with the SCC or is this just an independent trail day? You may get more participation if its organized by the SCC and you lead the trail day? There have been trail days organized here in the past, but they always seem to fizzle out slowly.
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