Off the beaten track and boasting only a small number of routes, Starr Mountain is not as popular or well-known as crags like T-Wall. Of course, this also means it's almost never crowded, and the rock quality and some stellar routes like Lucky Strikes make it worth a visit. And it's south-facing, which is good for winter climbing.
From Atlanta, take I-75 north to Hwy. 411 east (exit 293). Continue on 411 into Tennessee and through the town of Benton; a few miles past Benton, you'll cross the Hiwassee River. Continue almost a half mile further and turn right on Spring Creek Road (watch for signs for the Gee Creek Wilderness Area). After about 2.3 miles, park in a pulloff on the left near a culvert pipe next to railroad tracks. Hike across the tracks and find the uphill trail. Continue up the trail to a waterfall, then bear right and continue to the cliffline.
Browse More Classics in Starr Mountain
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Starr Mountain:
Pleasing to the Touch 5.6 Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
The Sound of One Finger Bleeding 5.8+ Trad, 1 pitch, 75 feet
Flake Route 5.9- Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Lucky Strikes 5.9+ Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Big Men, Small Airplanes 5.10c/d Trad, 1 pitch, 75 feet
Excalibur 5.10c/d Trad, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Featured Route For Starr Mountain
Lucky Strikes 5.9+ TN : Starr Mountain
Like the DCA says, this is one of the best routes at Starr Mountain. The roof near the end is exposed but nicely protected.Starting on a short arete, sometimes tenuous moves lead to a short roof with nice horizontals. Pull the roof and continue to the top, enjoying the spectacular view of the Hiwassee River....[more] Browse More Classics in TN