Description

Funk Rock City. The name immediately piques the interest.

This crag has the best concentration of 5.10-5.11 slab routes in the 80-90 foot range of any crag in the Red. The rock is beautiful, the routes are classic and the setting is stunning. Funk Rock is a truly unique RRG experience.

FRC is a superb winter crag if Swift Camp Creek is not running too high. It's aspect is due south and the wall acts as a great big solar collector.

Getting There

[Added by Jason Halladay, November 2015...but it's been a long while since I've been there...]
It's a bit of a hump to hike into Funk Rock City. We presumed that would translate into fewer crowds but it didn't for us. Expect a hike of 20 to 30 minutes for your first time hiking in and figuring it out.

From the Nada Tunnel on KY77, near the Military Wall/Left Flank areas, drive E/NE for about two miles to a T intersection. Turn right (still KY77), and drive about three-quarters of a mile to another intersection at KY77 and KY715. Turn right onto KY715 and drive about 8 miles to a large parking area/pulloff on the left. Park here.
From the parking area, dirt mounds/hills block an old dirt road. Hike the old dirt road for a bit over a half of a mile to a creek crossing. You may have to wade the creek so perhaps bring sandals just in case.
After crossing the creek, hike upstream on the old road for a couple hundred feet to a trail that heads left, uphill. Take this trail to the far left end of the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Funk Rock City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 43
Up Swift Creek Without A Paddle
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 81
Rite of Passage
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 82
Cruising Lane
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 83
Headstone Surfer
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 119
Manic Impression
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 92
Funkadelic
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 34
Goodstone
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 67
Prime Directive
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 102
Eye of the Needle
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 59
There Goes the Neighborhood
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 52
The Infidel
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 39
Hardcore Jollies
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 24
Go Easy Billy Clyde!
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 56
Orange Juice
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 12
Appalachian Spring
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Up Swift Creek Without A Pa…
 43
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Rite of Passage
 81
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Cruising Lane
 82
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Headstone Surfer
 83
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Manic Impression
 119
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Funkadelic
 92
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Goodstone
 34
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Prime Directive
 67
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Eye of the Needle
 102
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
There Goes the Neighborhood
 59
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Infidel
 52
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Hardcore Jollies
 39
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Go Easy Billy Clyde!
 24
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Orange Juice
 56
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Appalachian Spring
 12
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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You will need to cross the creek/river. There is a large Tree before the shallow wade crossing. If the tree is wet you can slide your ass across it and get over to FRC without getting your feet wet. If there has been lots of rain, the approach will be muddy and wet regardless of how you cross the river. Don't let this stop you from going to one of the best walls in the RED. Nov 10, 2009
Does this wall catch any day time shade during the middle of the summer? If so what time? I'd like to climb here during early August, but not in full sun. Thanks.
Jul 29, 2013
Hillbill
Indianapolis
Hillbill   Indianapolis
You can't really put things like fallen trees, dirt piles, and stepping stones into the directions because things change every day. I got lost the first time I tried coming here and my 3rd edition guidebook directions seemed completely off. Basically, I parked at a large pulloff (on the east side of 715) below the Swift Camp Creek parking lot. You follow the trail right off the parking lot that goes downhill and follows the creek. You follow the creek until it COMPLETELY T's with the creek (you can't go any further because the trail literally ends). I made the mistake of crossing the creek too early and I know of many others doing the same. When I crossed it there was some stepping stones (no tree) and we had to get our feet wet. Who knows what stones or trees will be there tomorrow. After you cross it and put your shoes back on, hang a right for about 50 ft. and you will see a trail on your left that heads straight up to the wall. It took a good 20-25 minutes to get to the first route but it was a pretty hike. The wall bakes in the sun and there is plenty of classic routes for everybody! hope this helps Apr 29, 2014
EthanC  
The parking area is here: 37.8129154,-83.5828893
Follow the obvious trail on the south side of the lot down to the river, cross at the fallen tree and continue to hike on the opposite bank for 20 or so minutes up to the wall. May 18, 2014
Jordan K
Ohio
Jordan K   Ohio
The coordinates above are nearly identical, but in case, here are the ones my GPS recorded:

Funk Rock Parking (37°48'46.49"N 83°34'58.40"W (WGS84)) 37.812915,-83.582889

Tree Crossing (37°48'29.47"N 83°34'38.05"W (WGS84)) 37.8081856,-83.5772371

Tree crossing is easy (either walking or "butt-scooting") and easily done regardless of water level in the creek! Just hike along the wide trail/road until you see it. Can't miss it... cross and then follow the obvious trail to the crag from there.

(Note regarding the comments above: great winter crag as it get FULL sun. Wouldn't count on finding a whole lot of shade any time of year!) Jan 19, 2015
Neil Bodner
Columbus, Ohio
Neil Bodner   Columbus, Ohio
As of 11/17/18 the tree to cross the creek is gone, have to wade across Nov 18, 2018
Dan Arkle
Sheffield
Dan Arkle   Sheffield
2018 approach beta. Follow the trail to the very end,- crossing the creek barefooted was fine, but some of us used an obvious tree just downstream. 15' high and serious, but also easy and fun and this one will be around for a while. Nov 21, 2018