BETA PHOTO: The rap chains at the very top of the tower on the...
Tower Rock is a free standing pinnacle with a lot of old school routes of various grades. The earliest climbing in the RRG was probably done here.
Tower Rock is not closed, but the USFS asks that you limit your climbing here. One local jokes that that means you're only allowed to climb at your limit there.
Drive on route 715 from its split from hwy 77. Pass the Gladie Creek Visitor Center and then keep your eyes open for the trailhead sign on the left side of the road. It is about half a mile past Pumpkin Bottom Campground.
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Tower Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tower Rock:
Arachnid 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Dog Days 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Africa 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For Tower Rock
Africa 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a KY
: Red River Gorge
: Tower Rock
Though Dog Days and Africa lack the beautiful aesthetic of their perfect corner of a neighbor, appearing to be rough and chunky, they are both good lines. Both of these are surprisingly good climbs on good stone. More surprising still is that either one is harder and more pumpy than the large roof cap on Arachnid.To climb Africa, start on the crack near the continental outline, where good jamming takes you up a small distance past the 'map' to a good stance at a pod in the crack. From this stan...[more] Browse More Classics in KY
BETA PHOTO: Tower Rock trail head
Nov 5, 2012
Tower Rock is out of the new guide and sees little traffic these days and most of the nylon anchors are rotting. Be careful what you trust up there.
By Jay Collins
Jun 4, 2014
The trail head is at 37°49.706'N 83°35.921'W. Park in a small turn-out, don't bottom out your tiny rental car. You'll find a trail head sign across the street.
By Dom R
From: Saranac Lake, NY
Mar 26, 2016
The main rappel (or what I perceive to be the main rappel) off the summit of the tower consists of two beefy glue ins for the first rappel and then a steel cable wrapped around a tree for the second. (70m required) Definitely not rotting slings and is very trustworthy.