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Located just a short drive from Winston-Salem, Moore's Wall is the premier climbing destination of piedmont North Carolina. With its beautiful quartzite rock and juggy overhanging lines, Moore's more than holds its own with other great NC areas like Looking Glass and Linville Gorge.

There are several different sectors at Moore's, all with a different feel and aspect. While most of the walls face north, there are a few areas that do get bathed in the beautiful North Carolina sun as it sets over Sauratown and Pilot Mountain in the distance. With the exception of the coldest winter months, you can find a comfortable place to climb year round.

Moore's Wall is the home of some of the earliest climbing in North Carolina; its first recorded ascent went up in 1959. Carolina pioneers like George DeWolfe put up numerous first ascents through the 1960s. The 70s saw development at a higher level as climbing gear improved; Bob Rotert and others established routes like Air Raid and Wild Kingdom, among the hardest routes in the state at the time. Tom Howard was another prolific FA artist, with routes like the classic Zoo View to his credit. And climbers owe a debt of gratitude to local legend Tim Fisher, not only for his numerous first ascents, but his efforts at maintaining climber access to the cliff.

Like most NC destinations, Moore's is primarily a trad area. One distinguishing feature of climbing here is the adventurous nature of the descents; don't look for convenient bolted rap stations at the topouts of most routes. A typical rap station consists of fixed pro, slung trees or chocks, or a combination of these. And just finding the rap stations can be a real easter egg hunt, involving scrambling and downclimbing. Be prepared!

As part of Hanging Rock State Park, Moore's Wall is subject to park regulations, including climber registration (free). Camping is available in the park. There is also a campground in close proximity to the climber parking lot on Moore's Spring Road (bring earplugs).

Getting There

From Winston-Salem, take US 52 north for about 13 miles to exit 122 (Moore-RJR Drive). Follow this road east for about four miles to NC 66 and turn left (north). Continue on 66 for almost seven miles to Moore's Spring Road (SR 1001). Turn right on Moore's Spring and continue a short distance to another right turn on Mickey Road. Follow this almost a mile to Charlie Young Road and turn right. After a short distance, you'll come to a parking lot and trailhead kiosk for the Tory's Den trail.

Continue up Charlie Young Road past the Tory's Den parking, then go right onto Hooker Farm Road for less than a half mile; turn right at the handy brown "Climbers Access" sign onto another dirt road and continue a short distance to a gravel parking lot on the left. In addition to a registration kiosk, this new climber's parking lot sports a unisex bathroom and a water pump for last-minute fills of the water bottle.

The approach from the climber parking lot is fairly aerobic, gaining about 500' of elevation in a 20-minute hike. Follow the trail past the kiosk for about 10 minutes until you reach a gravel power line road, and turn left. From here there are several trails that take you to the different sectors. See specific areas for detailed directions to each sector.


Hanging Rock State Park offers sites for $20 that include shower facilities.

Access Issues

Sections of Moore's Wall are subject to closure for nesting peregrine falcons. This is set seasonally; for more details, check the Carolina Climbers Coalition web site and see the notices at the registration kiosk.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Moore's Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Sentinel Buttress
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Wailing Wall
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Almost Seven (aka Golden Earring)
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Zoo View
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Raise Hell
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Air Show
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Step and Fetch
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Do or Dive
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Break On Through
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Blue Chock
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Quaker State
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Vascular Disaster
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sentinel Buttress Sentinel Buttress > Center Buttress
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Washboard Central Wall
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Wailing Wall Amphitheater
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Almost Seven (aka Golden Ea… Amphitheater
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Zoo View Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Raise Hell Amphitheater
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Air Show Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Step and Fetch Amphitheater
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Nutsweat N End
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Do or Dive Amphitheater
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Break On Through Sentinel Buttress > Circus Wall
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Blue Chock Central Wall
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Quaker State Amphitheater
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Vascular Disaster N End
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Shadowdance N End
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R Trad 2 pitches
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Bishop, CA
outdooreric   Bishop, CA
For organizational purposes, Moore's Wall should be broken up into separate areas on this website (ie. Amphitheater, Circus Wall, etc.) like a guidebook would have routes listed. Oct 9, 2007
Sarah Wolfe
Eugene, OR
Sarah Wolfe   Eugene, OR
I'd love to see Aloof Roof (5.8R) added to Mtn Prjct Moore's Wall page. It's a great climb that starts very similarly to Super Direct, then runs up the face, around the arete from Breaking Rocks 5.9 start.

There's also an alternate 5.8 start to Breaking Rocks, off to the left of the regular start.

And Dromedary (5.8) would be another one to add. It's a little dirty/rough but has its interesting moments.

Aloof Roof and Dromedary are letter climbs in the NC guidebook. When I get to Moore's next time, I'll take a pic and post it for Aloof Roof. Dromedary is a bit harder to capture in photos.

A Piedmont guidebook is coming soon. Not sure, but perhaps it will be divided into separate areas. Be on the lookout from cragmama.com and Earthbound Sports (Bill Webster). Sep 3, 2011
Ryan Williams
London (sort of)
Ryan Williams   London (sort of)
It was a lengthy process, but I've divided Moore's up into sectors. I might divide some of the sectors up into smaller, "sub-sectors" like the three different areas of the North End, and upper and lower tiers for the Hanging Garden. Still working on descriptions and L to R sorting...

@ Sarah - Please go ahead and add those routes. If you have climbed them, you are the best one to add them. They don't need pics, but it's nice.

@ EVERYONE - I haven't done some of the rap descents in years... particularly on the Central Wall. I'm going to add descent info to each section and I'd love for you guys to PM me w/ descriptions of descent options that you are familiar with... for all sectors please.

Also, if you have a picture that you feel shows a certain area of Moore's well, please submit it to that section and I'll use it as the feature image.

Thanks. Nov 3, 2011
Moran, Wyoming
CurtisB   Moran, Wyoming
Does anyone know about bouldering in the Moore's Wall area? I've heard it referred to as 2 Mile, and I've done some stuff near Stigmata and the trailside boulders and the Eurowall. I've heard there's a lot more, and I was hoping to get a topo or directions to climbing areas with known grades. Thanks. Dec 18, 2012
Jake Jones
Richmond, VA
Jake Jones   Richmond, VA  
To get to the boulder field near SB, follow the approach trail. On the second leg of the trail towards SB, you'll see a "boulders ->" sign about 300-400 yards from the main wall, if that far. I haven't been to any of the other bouldering at or near Moore's- this is the only that I know of exactly, although I know that much more exists. Dec 19, 2012
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
If you want the best resource for bouldering at Moore's, get this new guide... mooreswallnc.com/

Incredibly done and packed with history and quality beta! Dec 21, 2012
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
This place is Disneyworld. Unbelievably good rock and tons of high quality lines, at every grade. The fun just goes on and on. And the setting is supreme. Just so chill sittin there in the mellow rural outskirts of a sleepy southern city. Horse farms, quik-e stops, and classic cars decorate your drive up. Jun 19, 2016
Updated link to obtain a Bouldering Moore's Wall Guidebook (through Lulu):

http://www.lulu.com/shop/adam-sokolow/bouldering-moores-wall/paperback/product-22992155.html Dec 17, 2016

Does anyone want to help me navigate the bouldering areas? I will supply beverages, good conversation, as well as a three fold crash pad. Contact me via email jacob_e_barrera@hotmail.com Sep 4, 2017
Home is where you park it
Reedrombo   Home is where you park it
Hey Moore's wall climbers. I'm currently biking and climbing my way across the country. I will be passing through the Moore's Wall area on Thursday, Mar 8, if anyone wants to climb shoot me a message! Mar 6, 2018