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Areas in Boat Rock

Beam Me Up Scotty Area 0 / 0 / 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Easy Crack Area 1 / 0 / 1 / 30 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 31
Glove Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Half Pipe Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Paint Can/Lost Digits Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 25 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Snake Pit Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Spider Man Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Unsorted Problems 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Woods' Hill Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Yellow Wall Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Elevation: 913 ft
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Shared By: outdooreric on Dec 20, 2007 with updates
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Sharp granite bouldering. Years ago there was a TR competition but with the advent of modern crash pads, most people just boulder. Some problems can be high off the deck, but there is still plenty to do for those who don't bring an army of spotters and pads.

Most of the problems are slabs. There are, however, a few overhanging things around and a few nice crack problems as well. Supposedly, the boulders were pushed down at the head of a glacier years ago, remnants of the same rocks found throughout the hills of North Carolina.

The climbing is surrounded by a housing district. The boulders used to be twice as many, but many were blown up to make way for more development. Luckily, the Southeast Climbers Coalition (SECC) stepped in and bought the rest of the land that the rocks are on and saved what remains. Please stay on established trails and don't climb on private property.

Getting There

From Atlanta, drive west on I-20 to Fulton Industrial Blvd. exit. Go south on this road for 4 miles then take a left on Barkers Ferry Road (near the Post Office). This will run into Boat Rock Rd; take a left at the tee and drive about 1.5 miles to a small parking lot in the trees on the right. Boulders are on the south side of the road. Parking is limited and is located at the climbers information kiosk. Approach time is 30 seconds to the Easy Crack area and 5 minutes to the Yellow Arete area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Boat Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0- 4-
Easy Crack
V1 5
Easy Crack Traverse
V2 5+
Blues Crack
V3- 6A
Waves in Motion
V3 6A
Lost Digits
V3 6A
Sourwood Arete
V3 6A
Mantle Problem in the Sky
V3 6A
Spiderman Direct
V4 6B
Yellow Wall Arete
V4 6B
Fire Woman
V4 6B
Keeper of the Boat
V5 6C
The Surgeon
V5 6C
Paint Can Arete
V6 7A
Dishes Left
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V3+ 6A+
Beam Me Up Scotty
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Easy Crack Easy Crack Area > Easy Crack Area V0- 4- Boulder
Easy Crack Traverse Easy Crack Area > Easy Crack Area V1 5 Boulder
Blues Crack Glove Area V2 5+ Boulder
Waves in Motion Easy Crack Area > Waves in Motion Area V3- 6A Boulder
Lost Digits Paint Can/Lost Di… > Lost Digits Area V3 6A Boulder
Sourwood Arete Easy Crack Area > Sourwood Area V3 6A Boulder
Mantle Problem in the Sky Paint Can/Lost Di… > Firewoman Area V3 6A Boulder
Spiderman Direct Spider Man Area V3 6A Boulder
Yellow Wall Arete Yellow Wall Area V4 6B Boulder
Fire Woman Paint Can/Lost Di… > Firewoman Area V4 6B Boulder
Keeper of the Boat Easy Crack Area > Keeper of the Boat Area V4 6B Boulder
The Surgeon Easy Crack Area > Heartbreaker Area V5 6C Boulder
Paint Can Arete Paint Can/Lost Di… > Paint Can Area V5 6C Boulder
Dishes Left Paint Can/Lost Di… > Dishes Area V6 7A Boulder
Beam Me Up Scotty Beam Me Up Scotty… > Beam Me Up Scotty Area 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V3+ 6A+ Boulder
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spellstrike   Duluth
Those who have not been to boat rock recently will need to visit the following website for latest access information.… Nov 20, 2017
Visiting Atlanta for the first time. Anybody here who could show us around this area? Oct 15, 2017
Shout out to the admin (Hunter) who added sub-areas! Mar 27, 2017
Spencer Malone
Atlanta, GA
Spencer Malone   Atlanta, GA
Re: Home owner's Pitbull

I got pinned with my pup nearby easy crack by that dog being off leash roaming around barking/growling at people. It purposefully blocked the path back and was being awful. It never actually snapped at us, but things got very tense for a minute or two. Dec 10, 2016
Russ Worley
Atlanta, GA
Russ Worley   Atlanta, GA
Be aware...the home owner on the back side of easy crack area is giving his pit bull enough chain to get past the fence into the climbing area. Not a super friendly dog (mean as hell). If you have young ones or small pets, keep an eye on em. Oct 31, 2016
Well. I visited Boat Rock. What an amazing place! I did the easy cracks and was working on a really hard one not listed below (starts wide the arrows to almost impossibly small crack). Need to go back and work it further. You guys are so lucky! We have nothing like this in San Antonio. May 3, 2016
I would love it if someone could give me a guided tour, showing me the problems and maybe some of the betas. I am 6 months new to climbing and have only done indoor, with v3 as my max at our gym. I will be traveling to Atlanta from Texas this weekend and staying there for a few weeks, taking care of my dad who is now in hospice care :(. Thanks in advance. Apr 29, 2016
A quick correction to the directions: From where Bakers Ferry Rd. hits Boat Rock Rd. (you turn left there onto Boat Rock Rd.), it isn't nearly 1.5 miles to the turnout -- more like 0.3 miles -- it comes up quick. You'll see a sign that says "Short Sight Distance" and it's only a couple hundred feet past that. Jul 9, 2015
Agree with sub-areas... Jun 29, 2015
Tim Herold   GA
I say yes to sub-areas; it makes browsing easier and more pleasant. Feb 15, 2015
Jeff Mekolites   ATL GA
Would this area/page be better served if it was grouped into sub areas? Dec 1, 2014
Jordan Mitchell
Lookout Mountain
Jordan Mitchell   Lookout Mountain
There is a nice composting toilet in the boulder field now that was built by SCC volunteers using a grant from the Access Fund. Dec 18, 2013
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SubantZ   Georgia SON!!!!
Guide is still in the works but has evolved. It is to much info to be ready this year and is a major project. Please be patient. Nov 9, 2010
Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
You can download a Dr Topo mini guide to this area here. Supposedly there is a proper guidebook in the works, supposed to be out in 2010, you can probably find more details on the SEC website. Jan 12, 2010
Just a reminder to everyone. Be careful in this area. Lock your car doors and cover up anything valuable you may have in it. Also if you see "suspect" looking people around the parking area wait or call the police. My friend and I were mugged at Boat Rock on new years eve of this year. After I was beat to the ground I was robbed. So keep an eye out. Sep 17, 2008
Woods Hill - I hear the SCC now is leasing this land. But, are we still crossing private property to get to it? I would like to add it, but don't want to if there are access issues. Feb 27, 2008
Check out for upcoming trail days and comp details. Dec 31, 2007
Jeff Mekolites   ATL GA
Great addition...been meaning to get around to it. I will get some photos and route info up on the website. Also, the annual float the boat boulder comp in coming up in January. Dec 20, 2007

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