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Located in La Fayette, Georgia close to the Tennesse border, Rocktown is arguably one of the best bouldering locations in the Southeast. Some would even say its better than Horse Pens 40, but that is a heated topic. Known for it's amazing sandstone and bomber slopers, crimpers, hueco's, rails, and its intense top outs; Rocktown is one of the best bouldering areas in the country.

Rocktown is relatively uncrowded, depending on the season, with a great parking lot that you can camp in for free. It is also a relatively new location with new problems being thrown up quite often. Because of this, many problems are unkown to who established them and their names.

Getting There 

From Atlanta:
-Take I-75 North
-Take exit 133 for HWY 136 (Resacca/LaFayette)
-Follow HWY 136 to La Fayette (25 miles)
-Once in La Fayette, go left then right to HWY 193 North
-After 2.7 miles you will see Uncle Jed's Store, make a left on Chamberlain Road.
-Travel 3.3 miles then take a right on Rocky Ln. and Crockford-Pigeon Wildlife Area.
-Follow the road (which will turn into a dirt road) up the mountain through the switchbacks for about 5 miles.
-At the obvious fork, take a right.
-Drive another 1.3 miles and take a left on Rocktown Rd.
-Park at the end of the road

From Chattanooga:
-Drive South on HWY 27
-After you pass La Fayette's Wal-Mart go straight to 27 BUS.
-Drive into La Fayette and take a right on HWY 193 North.
-Follow Directions from Atlanta once on HWY 193 North.

The approach is a real easy trail but is kind of long (about 5-10 minutes).

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

136 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',33],['3 Stars',71],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rocktown

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rocktown:
El Classico   V0 4     Boulder   Campus Punks
Makin' Waves   V2 5+     Boulder   Hueco Simulator
Ripple   V2 5+     Boulder   Hueco Simulator
Gritstone Arete   V3 6A     Boulder   Campus Punks
Super Mario   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Hueco Simulator
El Bano   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Asphalt Boulders
The Scoop   V3 6A     Boulder, 7'   Back Street Boulders
Isle of the Beautiful Women   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   The Front Corridor
Soap on a Rope   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   The Orb
Little Bad Boulder   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 12'   The Bads
Asphalt or Pythagorean Theorem   V5 6C     Boulder   Asphalt Boulders
The Hobbit   V5 6C     Boulder   Back Street Boulders
Standard's Variation   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   The Comet Boulder
Croc Bloc   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   The Croc Boulder
Golden Shower   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Asphalt Boulders
Nose Candy   V6 7A     Boulder   Sherman Roof
Sherman Photo Roof   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Sherman Roof
Iron Claw   V7 7A+     Boulder   Asphalt Boulders
The Orb   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   The Orb
The Vagina   V8 7B     Boulder   The Front Corridor
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Featured Route For Rocktown
Rock Climbing Photo: Rob Pryor on Little Bad

Little Bad Boulder V5 6C PG13  GA : Rocktown : The Bads
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Photos of Rocktown Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg sticking the blind hold on "the scoop&qu...
Greg sticking the blind hold on "the scoop&qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Choctaw Sundial
Choctaw Sundial
Rock Climbing Photo: Topping out blockhead on the Tao boulder.
Topping out blockhead on the Tao boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Katreinese, v1 Rocktown
Katreinese, v1 Rocktown
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg in "the scoop"
Greg in "the scoop"
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew on "Triple Slaps"
Andrew on "Triple Slaps"
Rock Climbing Photo: Meteor boulder I think.  Very fun problem.
Meteor boulder I think. Very fun problem.
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew on "Police Brutality"
Andrew on "Police Brutality"
Rock Climbing Photo: Alli working the steep jugs on some unnamed proble...
Alli working the steep jugs on some unnamed proble...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Hueco Simulator
The Hueco Simulator
Rock Climbing Photo: Phil on the "Croc Wall"
Phil on the "Croc Wall"
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocktown Bouldering Guide
BETA PHOTO: Rocktown Bouldering Guide
Rock Climbing Photo: The Orb, V8
The Orb, V8
Rock Climbing Photo: The orb
The orb

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By Henry H
Apr 11, 2016
Just took a trip to Rocktown and found the main road used to reach the top of the mountain is washed out, was surprised there was nothing on here about it yet. I do not know the area that well but there is a popular back way for those of you like me who aren't a regular. On the other side of the mountain you take 157 and turn onto Dougherty Gap Road and then a right onto Rocky Lane and come in from South East of Rocktown. Plan your driving route accordingly because having to drive around the mountain from the main entrance to the alternate route will add 45 minutes to your trip!
By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 12, 2010
You can still get the old Dr Topo guide for this area at this website. It is not comprehensive, but it's better than nothing (and WAY better than what is on Mountain project).
By Dan Brayack
From: Marmet, WV
Mar 22, 2011
I'm looking for photos for the rocktown guide. If anyone has any good ones, send the my way thanks!

By Odis
Dec 30, 2011
Starting on Jan 1, 2012 there will be a pass required to access RT. There was a sign posted at the bottom of the mountain today. This will affect Lost Wall as well. It is called a Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass.

This the link I found
By Dan Brayack
From: Marmet, WV
Aug 16, 2012
There is now a guidebook for Rocktown!
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Sep 4, 2012
Check out the review of the new guidebook
By Lauren Beaudoin
Dec 1, 2012
Hello everyone,

A few friends and I are planning to head to Rocktown right after Christmas (Dec 26-Jan 1). Does anyone have any recommendations of where to stay in the area? We were originally planning on camping but are also considering a cabin-like set-up if there are affordable ones close by!

We'd appreciate any info you can send our way, thanks!

By Kevin DB
Mar 27, 2013
Rocktown is rad. We came here on a long road trip expecting to stay for a few days and stayed for a month and a half. Some of the best bouldering in America.
By DCSwish23
From: Lander, WY
Nov 26, 2013
There are many signs posted saying no camping other than in designated areas. There are no signs saying you are allowed to camp in the parking area. I'm not very familiar with the area, but I would assume that means there is no camping in the parking lot.
By ferrells
Mar 19, 2014
Right. No camping in the parking lot. Just look for the designated camping area once on top of the hill. It's huge and not a bad place. Sunny.
Get a pass (phone or online, and it's a decent price), bury your human waste (helpful to have a trowel), pick up your garbage (and that of others), and try to keep the night time screaming to a minimum.
By MB2
From: Nashville
Oct 27, 2014
Camping is actually NOT allowed in the parking lot. Go to Southeastern Climbers Coalition (seclimbers dot org) for current info.
Camping is not allowed in the Rocktown parking lot or along the Rocktown Road. There's great free camping at Sawmill Lake, a 5 minute drive from the Rocktow Parking lot.
By Jen S
From: Atlanta, GA
Jan 16, 2015
Does anyone know if we still need to buy passes, and if we can get them at Rocktown? I'm planning a trip there this weekend but the GORP site isn't working, so I can't buy the pass online.

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