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.
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.
Climb the sweet finger crack using a few key face holds for about 30 feet. then wander up easy face to roof with horizontals. pull roof and continue to top.Pro: up to #2 camalot. small nuts, small TCUs. Some key nut placements...[more]Browse More Classics in GA
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.
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.
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.