Elevation: 876 ft
GPS: 37.733, -83.659 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 3, 2006 with improvements by borealForest and 3 others
Admins: Shirtless Mike, saxfiend, DrRockso, Billy Simek
Access Issue: Access to GFNP (Roadside) REQUIRES a Daily Permit Details

Access Requirement and History

UPDATE, November 2019:     *** Crag CLOSED until further notice***  (This is what happens when climbers can't follow simple rules.)

***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.

While obtaining the daily permit, it is suggested to make a small donation to show appreciation for the area being open and to help with costs associated with maintaining the preserve. If you have a problem with making a donation, consider that people routinely pay upwards of $10 for a movie at the theater and that only lasts two hours. Here, climbers get access to amazing routes for an entire day for $5 or $10 per person. What a deal!

Climbers should be on their utmost best behavior at GFNP. The 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.
Added on 5/4/2015 by Jason Halladay

Description

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

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
 378
Roadside Attraction
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 203
C Sharp or B Flat
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 151
Five Finger Discount
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 171
Trouble Clef
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 200
Kampsight
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 72
Andromeda Strain
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 366
AWOL
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 128
You Can Tune a Piano, but You Ca…
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 264
Crazy Fingers
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 146
Dragonslayer
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 271
Pulling Pockets
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 71
Synchronicity
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 105
Up Yonder
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 142
The Return of Chris Snyder
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 411
Ro Shampo
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Roadside Attraction
 378
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
C Sharp or B Flat
 203
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Five Finger Discount
 151
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Trouble Clef
 171
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Kampsight
 200
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Andromeda Strain
 72
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
AWOL
 366
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
You Can Tune a Piano, but Y…
 128
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Crazy Fingers
 264
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Dragonslayer
 146
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pulling Pockets
 271
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Synchronicity
 71
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Up Yonder
 105
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Return of Chris Snyder
 142
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Ro Shampo
 411
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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