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Warning Access Issue: Access to GFNP (Roadside) REQUIRES a Daily Permit DetailsDrop down

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GFNP (aka Roadside) has reopened on a limited, permit-only basis. GET A PERMIT OR DO NOT CLIMB HERE. The crag will be closed again if the rules are not followed and the next closure will likely be indefinite.

IMPORTANT RULES & ANNOUNCEMENT

1.  There is no access to permits through grainingfork.org. Communicating through the Facebook page or email for Graining Fork Nature Preserve are the best ways to obtain a climbing permit and stay up to date on crag information.  

2.  PERMITS MUST BE APPLIED FOR ON THE PREVIOUS MONDAY IN ADVANCE -- plan ahead.  

3.  Email GFNPreserve@gmail.com to request a permit.  The email must include the name of the people on the permit (8 or less per group), age of the individuals, state of residence, date requested for the permit, and a statement that the individuals on the permit have read and agree to follow the rules. Link grainingfork.org/rules/

4.  Do not call Hop's for information about getting a permit. Either send a message through FB messenger or the email on point 3.  Allow time to respond.

5. Per ABC rules, there is no outside alcohol allowed in the parking lot. The parking lot is owned by Hop's (and not part of GFNP), which is not allowed to have outside alcohol as part of their ABC license. In general, be respectful that Hop's provides parking and use of the restrooms.  

Lastly, the permit process is in place to preserve the flora and fuana, safety, liability, and to reduce erosion to maintain a quality crag for many many years.

***Climbers MUST NOT climb at GFNP without a daily permit per person in each group.*** This isn't about just you getting away with climbing for a day without a permit--this is about the climbing community respecting private land to ensure continued access privileges.

Don't be selfish--get a permit or climb elsewhere.

In May 2011, after privilege abuse by climbers, Roadside was closed to all access.  In March 2015, the area reopened as Graining Fork Nature Preserve (GFNP) with access limited to users obtaining a required daily permit and a suggested donation. In November 2019, the crag was closed again due to the continued disrespect of the crag & the landowner. Once again, it has re-opened to the public in September 2021, PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES AND RESPECT THE LAND.

Climbers should be on their utmost best behavior at GFNP. The Rules grainingfork.org/rules/ include:

* Packing your poop and toilet paper out

* Leaving your dogs at home

* No alcohol or drugs

* Not blasting music

* Being respectful of the area. Treat the area like you'd treat your own backyard.

Updated 10/17/2021

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Roadside could be called the flagship crag of the RRG. It boasts sport routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.12+. It has a high concentration of easier routes and a good concentration of 5.10 sport and 5.12 sport along a wonderfully pocketed south facing wall.GFNP is privately owned by climbers and requires a daily per-user permit obtained from the Graining Fork Nature Preserve website.. Suggested Minimum Donation Amount: $1. Donating a penny actually ends up costing the landowner money because of PayPal fees. Don't be a cheapskate!

Getting There

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Follow hwy 11 into Wolfe County. Look for a developed parking/picnic area on the right side of the road. The trail leading up to the wall is across the road from the parking area. Look for the brown "Graining Fork Nature Preserve" sign at the start of the trail. You did remember your daily permit, right? If not, The Zoo is a fun area on the same side of the highway as the parking and will likely be much less crowded.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Graining Fork Nature Preserve (a.k.a. Roadside Crag)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 485
Roadside Attraction
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 255
Kampsight
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 97
Andromeda Strain
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 473
AWOL
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 4
Runnin Down a Dream
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 320
Crazy Fingers
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Mantel Route
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 325
Pulling Pockets
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 84
Synchronicity
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 186
The Return of Chris Snyder
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 546
Ro Shampo
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 80
Stay the Hand
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 39
Pine
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 30
Release the Kraken
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 67
Wild Gift
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Roadside Attraction
 485
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Kampsight
 255
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Andromeda Strain
 97
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
AWOL
 473
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Runnin Down a Dream
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad 2 pitches
Crazy Fingers
 320
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mantel Route
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Pulling Pockets
 325
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Synchronicity
 84
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
The Return of Chris Snyder
 186
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Ro Shampo
 546
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Stay the Hand
 80
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pine
 39
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Release the Kraken
 30
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Wild Gift
 67
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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