Graining Fork Nature Preserve (a.k.a. Roadside Crag) Rock Climbing
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Access Requirement and History***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. This includes not blasting music, packing your poop and toilet paper out, leashing dogs and being respectful of the area. Treat it like you would your own backyard.
Added on 5/4/2015 by Jason Halladay
Access to GFNP (Roadside) REQUIRES a Daily Permit Details
Please DO NOT climb at GFNP (Roadside) without a daily permit per climber in the group. After a long closure, access to Roadside was made possible again in March 2015 under the name Graining Fork Nature Preserve. This access is contingent upon climbers being good stewards and obtaining a daily permit via the GFNP website. grainingfork.org/ For the sake of the access privilege it is imperative that climbers follow this rule and obtain the daily permit.
DescriptionRoadside 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.
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.
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.
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