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Asphalt Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Back Street Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Bads, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Burst Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Campus Punks 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Chex Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Comet Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Croc Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Dugout, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Front Corridor, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Grape Ape 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Helicopter Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Hueco Simulator 0 / 0 / 1 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Lab Rats Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Lower Corridor 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Lucky 7 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Orb, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 29 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Police Brutality 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Sherman Roof 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
TSRB 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Tao Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1

Description

Located in La Fayette, Georgia close to the Tennesse border, Rocktown is arguably one of the best bouldering locations in the Southeast. Some would even say its better than Horse Pens 40, but that is a heated topic. Known for it's amazing sandstone and bomber slopers, crimpers, hueco's, rails, and its intense top outs; Rocktown is one of the best bouldering areas in the country.

Rocktown is relatively uncrowded, depending on the season, with a great parking lot that you can camp in for free. It is also a relatively new location with new problems being thrown up quite often. Because of this, many problems are unkown to who established them and their names.

Getting There

From Atlanta:
-Take I-75 North
-Take exit 133 for HWY 136 (Resacca/LaFayette)
-Follow HWY 136 to La Fayette (25 miles)
-Once in La Fayette, go left then right to HWY 193 North
-After 2.7 miles you will see Uncle Jed's Store, make a left on Chamberlain Road.
-Travel 3.3 miles then take a right on Rocky Ln. and Crockford-Pigeon Wildlife Area.
-Follow the road (which will turn into a dirt road) up the mountain through the switchbacks for about 5 miles.
-At the obvious fork, take a right.
-Drive another 1.3 miles and take a left on Rocktown Rd.
-Park at the end of the road

From Chattanooga:
-Drive South on HWY 27
-After you pass La Fayette's Wal-Mart go straight to 27 BUS.
-Drive into La Fayette and take a right on HWY 193 North.
-Follow Directions from Atlanta once on HWY 193 North.

The approach is a real easy trail but is kind of long (about 5-10 minutes).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rocktown

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 85
Ripple
Boulder
V2 5+
 70
Makin' Waves
Boulder
V3 6A
 59
El Bano
Boulder
V3 6A
 113
The Scoop
Boulder
V3 6A
 95
Super Mario
Boulder
V3 6A
 65
Luigi
Boulder
V3 6A
 60
Belly Button
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 50
Double Trouble
Boulder
Orb
V4-5 6B+
 52
Soap on a Rope
Boulder
Orb
V5 6C
 35
Croc Bloc
Boulder
V5 6C
 104
Golden Shower
Boulder
V5 6C
 52
Standard's Variation
Boulder
V6 7A
 75
Nose Candy
Boulder
V6 7A
 43
Standard Deviation
Boulder
V7 7A+
 40
Sherman Photo Roof
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ripple Hueco Simulator
 85
V2 5+ Boulder
Makin' Waves Hueco Simulator
 70
V2 5+ Boulder
El Bano Asphalt Boulders
 59
V3 6A Boulder
The Scoop Back Street Boulders
 113
V3 6A Boulder
Super Mario Hueco Simulator
 95
V3 6A Boulder
Luigi Hueco Simulator
 65
V3 6A Boulder
Belly Button Hueco Simulator
 60
V3 6A Boulder
Double Trouble Orb
 50
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Soap on a Rope Orb
 52
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Croc Bloc Croc Boulder
 35
V5 6C Boulder
Golden Shower Asphalt Boulders
 104
V5 6C Boulder
Standard's Variation Comet Boulder
 52
V5 6C Boulder
Nose Candy Sherman Roof
 75
V6 7A Boulder
Standard Deviation Comet Boulder
 43
V6 7A Boulder
Sherman Photo Roof Sherman Roof
 40
V7 7A+ Boulder
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Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
You can still get the old Dr Topo guide for this area at this website. It is not comprehensive, but it's better than nothing (and WAY better than what is on Mountain project). Jan 12, 2010
Dan Brayack
Marmet, WV
Dan Brayack   Marmet, WV
I'm looking for photos for the rocktown guide. If anyone has any good ones, send the my way thanks!

-Dan Mar 22, 2011
Odis  
Starting on Jan 1, 2012 there will be a pass required to access RT. There was a sign posted at the bottom of the mountain today. This will affect Lost Wall as well. It is called a Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass.

This the link I found georgiawildlife.com/node/2813 Dec 30, 2011
Dan Brayack
Marmet, WV
Dan Brayack   Marmet, WV
There is now a guidebook for Rocktown! brayackmedia.com/publishing… Aug 16, 2012
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Check out the review of the new guidebook here...http://www.upstatebouldering.blogspot.com/2012/08/rocktown-bouldering-guide-review.html Sep 4, 2012
Hello everyone,

A few friends and I are planning to head to Rocktown right after Christmas (Dec 26-Jan 1). Does anyone have any recommendations of where to stay in the area? We were originally planning on camping but are also considering a cabin-like set-up if there are affordable ones close by!

We'd appreciate any info you can send our way, thanks!

~Lauren Dec 1, 2012
Rocktown is rad. We came here on a long road trip expecting to stay for a few days and stayed for a month and a half. Some of the best bouldering in America. Mar 27, 2013
DCSwish23
Maine/Spain
DCSwish23   Maine/Spain
There are many signs posted saying no camping other than in designated areas. There are no signs saying you are allowed to camp in the parking area. I'm not very familiar with the area, but I would assume that means there is no camping in the parking lot. Nov 26, 2013
Right. No camping in the parking lot. Just look for the designated camping area once on top of the hill. It's huge and not a bad place. Sunny.
Get a pass (phone or online, and it's a decent price), bury your human waste (helpful to have a trowel), pick up your garbage (and that of others), and try to keep the night time screaming to a minimum. Mar 19, 2014
MB2
Nashville
MB2   Nashville
Camping is actually NOT allowed in the parking lot. Go to Southeastern Climbers Coalition (seclimbers dot org) for current info.
Camping is not allowed in the Rocktown parking lot or along the Rocktown Road. There's great free camping at Sawmill Lake, a 5 minute drive from the Rocktow Parking lot. Oct 27, 2014
Jen Shriber
Atlanta, GA
Jen Shriber   Atlanta, GA
Does anyone know if we still need to buy passes, and if we can get them at Rocktown? I'm planning a trip there this weekend but the GORP site isn't working, so I can't buy the pass online. Jan 16, 2015
Does anyone know if the boulders are accessible from the campsites at night? Anymore it seems crags are always gated at night. I understand the safety concerns, of course, but it's just so dang out hot out during the summer I would much rather moon climb with headlamps and lanterns. Thanks! Jul 17, 2016
Emerson Takahashi
Casper, WY
Emerson Takahashi   Casper, WY
Irrelephant-
yes, you can climb at night. you'll certainly get some better friction on the rock once the sun goes down. Nov 14, 2016
Hillbill
Indianapolis
Hillbill   Indianapolis
Does anyone know if the Chamberlain Road entrance is currently accessible, I believe this is the main entrance? Last time I was there we had to drive through the southwest entrance (which takes foreverrrrr) Jan 18, 2017
Andrew Carter
Rome Ga
Andrew Carter   Rome Ga
Hillbill- The Chamberlain Road entrance to Rocktown has been reopened. Mar 2, 2017
As of May 12th the back entrance is blocked by a down tree. I don't know how fast they will move it but just letting you know to take the front entrance for now. May 12, 2017
caesar.salad
earth
caesar.salad   earth
What's the deal with permits now? Apparently GORP gone and now you have to buy a hunting license or lands license, both of which are MUCH MUCH more expensive than GORP was. Am I wrong? It seems climbing in the southeast always requires all these different permits. What the hell. Sep 24, 2017
@caesar.salad

I just called Georgia DNR to figure this out myself. The lady I spoke to said you can get a basic Fishing License, which gives you access to the Pigeon Mtn WMA. It's only $10 for a day pass, +$3.50 for additional days. Not bad, I suppose, when you consider it covers camping in the Pigeon Mtn. primitive sites.

Here's a link to the site where I found the info: georgiawildlife.com/license… Oct 16, 2017
Spencer Malone
Atlanta, GA
Spencer Malone   Atlanta, GA
From license.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com:

GORP Licenses are no longer available. A license that includes the privilege to hunt or fish on state lands is all that is needed to shoot on state shooting ranges, or be on state WRD lands. All persons 16 and older on designated state WRD lands must have an individual basic hunting or fishing privilege. An individual WRD Lands Pass is optionally available for those that have objections to purchasing hunting or fishing licenses, but the cost for the Lands Pass is higher to make up for loss of federal funds that come with hunting or fishing licenses. Most persons not hunting or not fishing will still want the basic hunting or fishing license; the least costly basic fishing or hunting license for short term or annual use will suffice for basic access.

Sounds like BS to me that federal funds really offset the cost, I imagine it helps inflate their numbers to make it look like they have more hunters + fishers than they do. Regardless, day passes are $5, an annual fishing license is $15 as of 2017 Oct 17, 2017
caesar.salad
earth
caesar.salad   earth
So fucking lame. Dec 12, 2017
Dan Knisell
Townsend, MA
Dan Knisell   Townsend, MA
Lack of pictures and poor descriptions make the Rocktown mountain project site confusing. Might as well buy the guide. Feb 14, 2018

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