Description

Currahee Mountain isn't an easy place to love. It's out of the way; the dirt road leading up the mountain is often in bad repair; graffiti makes parts of it look more like an abandoned urban neighborhood than a climbing area. But if you can get past all that, there is some really nice friction climbing at Currahee that makes it worth a visit. Some of the best lines include Mikey's Mantle, Frictionary and Pigs on the Wing.

The rock at Currahee is good quality granite, mostly slab. Most routes are bolted to a greater or lesser degree, but some trad gear is good to have on many lines.

Camping is permitted along the road that ascends the mountain. The town of Toccoa is nearest source for food and other non-climbing essentials.

To help out cleaning up this place: facebook.com/curraheecleanu…

Getting There

From Atlanta, head north on I-85 to I-985 and take 985 until it ends, continuing on as US 365/441. Bear off at the Toccoa-Lavonia exit and watch for a traffic-light controlled intersection with 123. continue on 365 for approximately 6 miles, and turn right onto 184 at the traffic light, below Currahee. in 1/4 mile, turn left to stay on 184, following the road for almost 1 mile. The climber's parking lot is a small loop on the right. This is recognized as the "climbers parking lot" and utilizing this lot instead of continuing up the road can help reduce the impact of climbing on the area.

There is a yellow gate the climbers will have to pass to access the gravel trail that exit just between the brick wall and the slab wall. Up and left leads to the Brick Wall, and slightly up and right leads to the Slab Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Currahee Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 46
All I Wanted was a Pepsi
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 33
Deprived Child
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 24
Dust Bowl Daze
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 34
Buzzard Breath
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Frictionary
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
No Name Crack
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 31
Stranger than Friction
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 43
Mikey's Mantle
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Summer Solstice
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Power Flyer
Sport, TR
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
Smooth as Silk
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Plague
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
Dreams
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
Jeep Streak
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 7
Ebola
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
All I Wanted was a Pepsi Slab Area
 46
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad
Deprived Child Slab Area
 33
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, Sport
Dust Bowl Daze Slab Area
 24
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Buzzard Breath Buzzard Wall
 34
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Frictionary Slab Area
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
No Name Crack Brick Wall
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Stranger than Friction Slab Area
 31
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Mikey's Mantle Slab Area
 43
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Summer Solstice Slab Area
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Power Flyer Brick Wall
 22
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Smooth as Silk Buzzard Wall
 13
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Plague Brick Wall
 9
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Dreams Brick Wall
 11
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Jeep Streak Brick Wall
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Ebola Brick Wall
 7
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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JOhn CAmeron
DENVER!!!
JOhn CAmeron   DENVER!!!
Currahee is a simple place- i like it a lot. however, i am easily pleased. you get to look around at the surrounding countryside: the rolling hills and farms and the brick wall faces direct west so the sunsets are great. with easily placed topropes, its a great place to introduce people to the sport. Sep 22, 2007
Does anyone know if you can camp at the top of the mountain? I was checking out the area recently and saw a couple fire pits on the backside. I figure someone was camping there but didn't know if it was "allowed". I want to go climb there and wanted to camp but didn't know if I was going to run into any issues other than the gate closing at some point.

Thanks for your help. Nov 20, 2012
Mark O'Neal
Nicholson, GA
Mark O'Neal   Nicholson, GA
To access the trail to the top of Curahee. Park on Hwy 184 0.9 miles south of Dicks Hill Pkwy. There is a old polling place on the west side of the road with dual entrances and parking. There is an obvious trail built by the boy scouts that takes you to the top. Turn right at a boulder with a little mini cave to access the Slab Area and Buzzard Wall. Keep going straight another minute and then turn left to access the Brick Wall

Edit July 2013: Polling building and gates are gone. Mar 5, 2013
TomCaldwell
Clemson, S.C.
TomCaldwell   Clemson, S.C.
I added some photos describing the approach from the lower parking lot. If you are a climber, this should be the way you take. The hike takes about the same amount of time as driving up the road to the top. It also saves a lot of wear and tear on your car. Look for the horseshoe shaped parking lot with the yellow gate on the right side. In years past, the road to the top often is closed due to the road being too wet. Jan 22, 2015
Nathan Williams
Seneca, SC
Nathan Williams   Seneca, SC
I am organizing a cleanup here to remove some graffiti, improve and mark some trail, clean up trash,etc. PM me if you are interested in helping or for more info. Feb 4, 2015
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Have you tried to organize it with the SCC or is this just an independent trail day? You may get more participation if its organized by the SCC and you lead the trail day? There have been trail days organized here in the past, but they always seem to fizzle out slowly. Feb 4, 2015
Luke R 84
Georgia
Luke R 84   Georgia
Not sure if it's been addressed on here or on the Currahee Clean-Up page, but I wanted to thank whoever has been doing bolting/rebolting here. Noticed some new looking bolts at the top of "By Gully" today and the rebolt and filler of the old holes looked top notch. I hope we can get/maintain some momentum here with the clean up days. I tag the Forest Service in Vandals' photos on Instagram regularly (petty/crotchety, but I kinda don't care). Maybe we might be able to improve this place some in the next few years! Aug 7, 2016
looking for someone familiar with the area to do some climbing with. My parents live in the Greenville area and I will be visiting them soon. I would love to get some climbing in while I'm there Jan 19, 2017