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Elevation: 731 ft 223 m
GPS: 34.2876, -85.9237
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With less than 30 known routes, Griffin Falls is not what you'd call a major climbing destination. But if you're camping at nearby Sand Rock anyway and want a little variety, this crag is definitely worth a visit. The climbing at Griffin's is mostly hard sport, but there are also a number of spicy trad lines, most notably the outstanding Knife Crack (5.9+).

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Griffin Falls is just up the road from Sand Rock, near Collinsville. From Atlanta, take I-75 north toward Chattanooga and exit at Hwy. 411/20 (exit 290). Follow 411 toward Rome, bypassing that city; outside of Rome, turn right on Hwy. 53 (and 411). Continue through Cave Spring and Centre, AL to the town of Leesburg. Turn right on Hwy. 68 and follow this road past the turnoff for Sand Rock; continue on through Collinsville. After crossing under I-59, continue a few miles on 68 until you can see the cliffline ahead of you, then watch for a bridge over a creek at the bottom of a hill. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left onto a gravel road and follow it a short distance to a small bridge over a creek. Park in a pull-off on the right and follow the trail past graffiti-covered boulders up to the cliffline, where you'll see the waterfall. Continue right (under the waterfall) to the climbing area.

From Chattanooga or Birmingham, take I-59 to the Hwy. 68 exit. Go west on 68 and follow the directions above.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Griffin Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Lazy Eight
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 53
Knife Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 10
Whetstone
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Flapjack
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 10
Grace Under Pressure
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Second Cup
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Smashing Pumpkins
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 4
Power Windows
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Steeplechase
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lazy Eight
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Knife Crack
 53
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Whetstone
 10
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Flapjack
 4
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Grace Under Pressure
 10
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Second Cup
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Smashing Pumpkins
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Power Windows
 4
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Steeplechase
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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