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Jamestown is Alabama's surprise gift to trad climbing. Located where the tail end of Lookout Mountain pokes down from Tennessee, Jamestown's sandstone cliffs have a lot in common with some of that state's great crags. And unlike some more popular destinations, Jamestown retains a pristine wilderness flavor, due in large part to its isolated location.

Climbing at Jamestown goes back to 1978, when Rich Gottlieb scouted out the crag on a day too rainy for climbing at Sand Rock. Over the several years, Gottlieb and well-known southern climbers like Chick Holtkamp, Shannon Stegg, Rob Robinson and others established numerous excellent trad lines.

For a long time, Jamestown was one of those semi-secret destinations, known and climbed by only the chosen few. But even the chosen few got shut out in the early 90s when a local property owner who claimed ownership over the crag forbade climbing there. All that changed in 2005, when the Southeastern Climbers Coalition did some research and found the real owner of the cliffline. A deal was worked out and Jamestown was sold to the SCC, reopening climbing there for the first time since 1993.

With a few notable exceptions, Jamestown is a trad climbing area. No bolting is allowed without express approval by the SCC. It's also worth noting that the cliff is prone to water seepage, which makes large sections slick and wet for a week or more after any rainfall.

Getting There 

From Atlanta, head north on I-75 to the Rome exit (Hwy. 411/20, exit 290). Continue through Rome on GA 20 and into Alabama; about five miles past the border, turn right (north) on SR 35. Proceed on 35 past the intersection with Hwy. 68, then watch for the next major crossing, county roads 273 and 15 (you'll see a gas station/convenience store at this corner which may or may not be in business).

Turn right on CR 15 and continue for about three miles. After passing a cemetery on the left, watch for a gravel turnoff on the left with a small street number sign (3147). Turn left here and follow this dirt/gravel road past an old stone dam on the left and through the woods until you reach a clearing for farm pasture on the left.

Look for a gated turnoff on the right and turn here, following the track through a pasture and back into the woods. Continue until this intersects with a well-defined farm road that follows the power lines. Turn left here and go through another gate, finishing at a dirt parking area at the base of the power lines. IMPORTANT: Do not leave the farm gates open! Hike up the powerline trail and watch for flagging with surveyor's tape to indicate where the trail cuts left into the woods. Follow the flagged trail up to the cliff and turn left at the SCC kiosk.

NOTE: The old access trail from the top of the cliff is permanently closed. Do not use this trail or you'll be trespassing.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.7 miles from here

46 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Jamestown

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Jamestown:
Yum Yum Tree   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Harvest Wall
Winter's Respite   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Winter Wall
Truth or Consequences   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Harvest Wall
Pickin' n' Grinnin'   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   White Wall
High Infidelity   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 80'   Winter Wall
Wild Iris   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   White Wall
Medusa Tree   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   White Wall
Plain Truth   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Harvest Wall
Registration (The Arch)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 80'   Winter Wall
Pumpkin Patches   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Harvest Wall
Evan's Arete   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Harvest Wall
Scarecrow   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Harvest Wall
Cinnamon Girl   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   Winter Wall
The Great Stumpkin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Harvest Wall
Riff Raff   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Harvest Wall
Twinkle Toes   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   White Wall
Hairdressers on Fire   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   Winter Wall
White Lightning   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   White Wall
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Featured Route For Jamestown
Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing halfway on Yum Yum Tree

Yum Yum Tree 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  AL : Jamestown : Harvest Wall
Even if you're climbing at a higher level, Yum Yum Tree is a gas to lead. The rock quality is first-rate and the protection is good. Must-do!From the trail, climb a somewhat thin face to a well-defined horizontal crack, which doubles as your first good pro opportunity and a good stance. Continue face climbing up to a nice easy corner, and move through an almost chimney-like feature near the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in AL

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Nov 5, 2015
FYI: The crown of a large tree has fallen into the main road. The road is impassable about 200 meters past the first gate you pass through. We spent 3 hours this morning cutting branches with small (4" leatherman) hand saws, but ultimately couldn't make it through the last two 5" diameter branches. Since there is nowhere to park, the crag isn't accessible until someone goes out there with a larger (18"+) hand saw or chain saw and an A-frame ladder; the two remaining branches are about 7' off the ground, but drop down into the narrow road. Make sure all branches end up on our side of the fence!
By Jeff Mekolites
From: HOTlanta, GA
Apr 15, 2007
Heard some great and funny stories about the development of Jamestown from Rich Gottlieb while visiting the Gunks and his shop Rock and Snow in New Paltz...if you're in the shop introduce yourself...he loves to talk.
By R Squared
Jul 29, 2007
This place was a blast in late July. It was super hot and even more humid. This place would be off the chain in the fall and winter months.
By Amy Denicke
From: Aspen, CO
Jul 13, 2008
First time at this area!! I love it!!
By James Ruch
Feb 19, 2011
Does anyone know the current condition of the access trail? Is this area easy to find for a first time visitor?
By Jeff Mekolites
From: HOTlanta, GA
Feb 27, 2011
Trail in and out of Jamestown is in good shape and well marked. I believe it also has blue survey tape marking it. As you hike in, you will reach the SCC kiosk. Head left along the cliffline to reach the Harvest Wall. This is prime Jamestown season, y'all need to get out there and check it out. Plus there are some new route additions out there.
By Tipton
Jan 19, 2012
This place is awesome. Really fun trad routes, most are slightly less than vertical which is great for trad leaders who don't like placing gear while pumped. I just wish the entire cliff were open, the climbing is truly awesome.
By Teddy Malley
Mar 4, 2014
Thinking of visiting Jamestown on my way through the southeast. Wondering if there is any camping close by? Is it safe to leave a truck with a few tools and some other gear there while we climb? Any input appreciated!
By ecessg
Mar 7, 2014
i have tent camped here in the past . i thought it was quite satisfactory. the parking for jamestown is quite secluded. the only people that are going to be back there are climbers. your stuff should be safe. note: it's been a couple of years since i have been to j/t so take everything with a grain of salt.
By Teddy Malley
Apr 24, 2014
By Quen.w
From: Lawrenceville
Sep 8, 2015
Does anyone know if the Dixie craggers GA&AL covers the Jamestown preserve?
Also any other reccomendations for beta would be more than appreciated.
By UncleBen
From: The Briar Patch
Sep 9, 2015
Yes, the DCA covers Jamestown.
PM me through the site for information about Jamestown.
Or contact MP user Jeff Mekolites.
By UncleBen
From: The Briar Patch
Nov 6, 2015

Rest assured, the owner of the road will clear the branches soon. Not to worry.

You can always park at the top, one road up the mountain, about three miles down, under the power lines. Walk back up the road a tad, then down the hill to the prominent pine tree with rappel slings. Rappel here, over the Winter Wall....Wild Iris vicinity.

This is the easier way to get in, anyway. And, it avoids the farm below.

EDITED TO ADD: Thanks, Scott. Y'all do a good job keeping up with JT. Keep up the good work.
By Scott Perkins
Nov 11, 2015
Went there this morning and cut the tree down and dragged the pieces off the road. The landowner heard my chainsaw and drove down while we were working. He said he didn't know a tree had fallen and thanked us for taking care of it. The rest of the road is in great shape.

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