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Jamestown Crag Rock Climbing 

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Administrators: Kyle Christopher, TylerKC, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide), Emily Roeben
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Beautiful sport crag with some great trad just a few minutes from Batesville. There is approx. 70+ routes well bolted on fantastic Arkansas sandstone.

This property is now privately owned by the Christopher brothers of Cave City, AR. The Crag is finally in control of climbers! Help keep it that way! Show the Nomads some love and leave a donation at the box on top of the bluff line. This will allow for better trails, more routes and a bigger and better Jamestown.

Leave no trace!

For questions or issues please contact them: 870-613-4662 or

Getting There 

From Hwy 167 south of Batesville take Hwy 230 (Camp Tahkoda Road) west for about 3-4 miles and turn right at the Little Red Store. Hwy 230 becomes Locust Grove Road at this point. Drive for 3-5 miles and turn left onto Jamestown Loop. From Jamestown Loop This road will start uphill after a short distance. Once you reach the top of the hill, pass the radio tower on your right then a water tower on your left. Continue on this road about a quarter of a mile until you pass the Wildlife Management Sign on the right handed side as the road starts to go slightly down hill and turns to gravel.

At this point there is a gravel turnout on your right, turn in here and follow the trail on the right. The trail is about 2 miles long. The "road" is washed out and very rough. If it has rained recently, expect lots of mud. You will come upon an orange gate. If the gate is closed call Kyle at 870-613-4662 for access. If the gate is open continue in. There will be two logging roads leading to the right DON'T drive down those. The road will come to a Y shortly after, veer right and continue to the parking area. Your vehicle stays here.

3 ways to get down the bluffs:

1. Dog Walk/Walk Down : Puts you near the Game Wall. Easiest way to get down. Come down the hill till you hit the bluffs. . Follow this trail for a ways, 100 yds maybe, till you see a cairn stacked to the left of the trail and the brown official looking hiking sign. Both are easy to miss. Turn towards the bluff and you should see a relatively easy way to get down. This can be pretty slippery when wet.

2. Exodus Route/Rappelling : Puts you in the Amateur Wall. When first hitting the bluffs, follow the trail to the right for 10-15 feet. Turn towards the bluffs and find an easy looking route to climb down with anchors only. There is a tree above it that we still use for easier rapping. You can rappel here, or just solo downclimb. Please be safe.

3. Climb Down : Puts you at the end of the Disaster Wall. When you first hit the bluffs, turn left and follow the 4x4 trail through a few puddles. The trail will at one point cross a large, flat, short rock. This is your cue to start looking to your right for a cairn and a small trail towards the bluff. You will find a fourth class climb down with webbing. After climbing down, continue back along the bluff line to see the end of the Disaster Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

84 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',42],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Jamestown Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Jamestown Crag:
Pee Green   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Amateur Route Area
Free Parking   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Game Wall
My Fuzzy Balls   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Amateur Route Area
Spread Your Eagle   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Amateur Route Area
Mutts Cutts   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport   Waterfall Area
F.O.A. (F***ed On Arrival)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Strawberry shortcake wall
Don't Stretch It   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Natural Disaster Area
Wet Dreams   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Amateur Route Area
Mike TysonÂ’s Ear Binge   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Natural Disaster Area
Delusions of Grandeur   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Amateur Route Area
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Featured Route For Jamestown Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Mobley on Don't Stretch It

Don't Stretch It 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  AR : Jamestown Crag : Natural Disaster Area
About 5 feet to the left of Flying Dogs. Climb crimpy face top out of ledge to shared anchors...[more]   Browse More Classics in AR

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By Kyle Christopher
From: Batesville
Sep 19, 2013
Jamestown Crag is now offically owned by climbers.

The Nomads made up of the three Christopher Brothers have purchased the Jamestown Crag. The climbing area was never under the rule of the WMA but actually owned by a neighboring paper company. The area was under the threat of being closed. The Nomads have stepped in to secure the property for climbers.

Trail work, campsite development and route development have been under the way for the past several months.

Find the Nomads on facebook or contact them at, 870-613-4662. Don't forget about the competition Novemeber 2nd.
By samtoine
Sep 27, 2013
Where is the best place to camp near here?
By Kyle Christopher
From: Batesville
Oct 1, 2013
Camping for climbers is best along the bluff line or below. Within the next month there will be clear camping locations.
By Matt McIntosh
Dec 24, 2013
So what's the deal with the massive amounts of burn/clear zones on the drive in?
By Kyle Christopher
From: Batesville
Jan 2, 2014
The clearing is done by our neighbor paper company. We have no control of that. They are however a very responsible company that will replant and the landscape will return to wilderness. Road conditions will improve in the spring. If you have any other issues feel free to contact me directly. 870-613-4662
By Kyle Christopher
From: Batesville
Apr 3, 2014
Spring Update:
The gate leading to Jamestown is now closed. The gate will be open most weekends but if you visit when the gate is closed please park there but do not BLOCK THE GATE! Also do not drive around the gate just because you can. That will earn you a ticket from the game warden.

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