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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tower Rock:
Caver's Route 5.3 Trad, 4 pitches, 200 feet
Salad Days 5.6 Trad, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Curving Crack 5.8 Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Arachnid 5.8 Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Dog Days 5.8+ Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Africa 5.9 Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Featured Route For Tower Rock
Dog Days 5.8+ KY : Red River Gorge : Tower Rock
A good route at Tower, but less frequently done than others due to it's less striking initial appearance. Still, this is one of the better moderate lines at the cliff, yet pumpy for it's grade. Locate the crack to climber's right of Arachnid and climb the crack and well-featured rock through a steep spot to end of the crack and then up face movies to join another system, which leads to a ledge with slings around some trees. Rap back to the base from these fixed anchors. ...[more] Browse More Classics in KY