Blowing Rock Boulders
Carrboro/University Lake boulders
Cathey's Creek Crag
Dixon School Boulders
Lettered Rock Ridge
Looking Glass Rock
You could probably make a strong case for North Carolina as the home of the best rock climbing in the south. No other southern state has the variety or sheer volume hosted here. From the multi-pitch quartzite of Linville Gorge, to the eyebrows and hard aid of Looking Glass, to the exposed granite scarefests of Cashiers Valley, North Carolina has it all.
The climbing in North Carolina is spread across the state and divided into several distinct regions. From the tobacco fields of the Piedmont to the dramatic gorges in the High Country to the granite walls of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains; if you are west of Raleigh you are probably close to amazing climbing. See individual areas for directions.
The USFS temporarily closes many areas in North Carolina for Peregrine Falcon nesting. The Carolina Climbers Coalition does a great job of keeping their site up to date regarding closures.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Carolina:
Titties & Beer (aka "World's Hardest 5.8") 5.9 Trad, 5 pitches, 500 feet Looking Glass Rock : Sun Wall
Original Route (aka Gom Jabber) 5.11a R Trad, 10 pitches, 800 feet, Grade III Whiteside Mountain : Southeast Face
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Dopey Duck 5.9 NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff Mountain
P1-(100') Two options: (a) 5.8 : scramble to the top of the large detached block (roughly 20' off the ground) and climb the crack to a belay alcove about 10' above a dead stump in the crack (b) 5.9 : Take the first pitch of Toxic Shock, this is a highly recommended and more direct start that follows a right-leaning crack to the same belay as mentioned above. This "finger-crack" is deceptively steep and sustained for the 100' to the belay.P2- (100') 5.9: From the belay, follow the crack up a shor...[more] Browse More Classics in NC