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DescriptionThough it's not a major climbing destination, Hurricane Creek is a great place to take new climbers for their first experience on real rock. Most of the routes are readily accessible from the top of the cliff to set up a toprope and there's a good selection of easy lines. Combine this with a pretty setting alongside a stream and a family-friendly atmosphere, and you've got a nice climbing spot just a half-hour from Birmingham.
There's another side to the coin, however. Hurricane Creek is a fairly new area that's largely unexplored, and there's a lot of potential for new route development. Even better, park management is encouraging this. So bring your pruning shears and whisk broom, you could bag a nice FA.
[Editor's note: since this area is not yet documented and the routes don't have "official" names, I'm indulging in a little whimsy by giving them names myself. When/if real route names become available, they'll be updated. -- JL]
Getting ThereHurricane Creek Park is just outside the town of Cullman, AL. Take I-65 out of Birmingham to exit 310 (Hwy. 157); proceed east on 157 a short way to a left on Hwy. 31. Continue north on 31 for about 2-3 miles to the turnoff for Hurricane Creek. There's a $3 admission fee for the park.
From the parking lot, proceed along the clifftop to a descent trail that leads through a cleft in the rock to a picnic area along the creek. The established climbing routes start near the bottom of the descent trail; there's also untouched cliff for the adventurous on the other side of the creek.
Classic Climbing Routes at Hurricane Creek Park
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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