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Shared By: Brad Caldwell on Jun 3, 2012


South Carolina has plenty of flat land, but the upstate area containing some of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, provides a couple of areas with good climbing. Table Rock State Park offers some heady routes on one of South Carolina's most recognizable natural features, and close by, the Jocassee Gorges have some incredible bouldering areas too. The Carolina Climbers Coalition is a great climbing organization that covers this area and over the last few years, Stephen Scoff and Brad Caldwell have helped to increase access and foster a positive relationship with land managers in the upstate area.

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Most of the climbing in the state is located in either Pickens, Oconee or Greenville counties and fairly close to the SC/NC border.

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Seriously South Carolina?? Kansas has more climbs than us, and they don't even have mountains. Step your game up! Feb 12, 2015
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Hahahaha! They're there Sean, most locals just have tight lips ;) There are thousands of established boulder routes and hundreds of roped routes in the Upstate, if you need some beta, get in touch. Hopefully there will be some good news in SC climbing real soon..something is in the works...stay tuned! Feb 12, 2015
Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Brad...good luck! SC is a treasure trove. Feb 14, 2015
george wilkey
travelers rest sc
george wilkey   travelers rest sc
I know what your saying sean. I've lived here most of my life and even though I know there are a lot more climbs out there, I get a little embarrassed for us when I see only 6 listed.

keep up the good work brad! we could use some good news for SC climbing. Feb 20, 2015
I know there's some more stuff around, like Schoolhouse Road Boulders and Horsepens but not much else, and I was just surprised we had nothing on here. When I climb I'm usually headed to NC or TN. Mar 5, 2015
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Schoolhouse Road Boulders??? Are you talking about Dixon School Road Boulders in NC? And Horse Pens 40 is in Alabama. There are plenty of boulders in SC, with most development taking place in the upper west corner, the Jocassee Gorges, along the hwy 11 corridor. Mar 5, 2015
Brad, want to enlighten the great people of SC about your recent guide book release and the new areas? Apr 14, 2015
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
I haven't "officially" released that guidebook yet, and I think we want to consult the land manager before it gets announced on Mountain Project...for now. :) More info will be released very soon! Apr 14, 2015
Sounds good! Let me know if I can help in any way! Apr 14, 2015
Hey Brad! Super pumped about this release. I have been traveling out on the west coast for the past year and will be returning east to South Carolina for the holidays. I am actually from the Upstate, and live extremely close to Table Rock and Jocassee Gorges. Would love to get some more detailed information on some places to go out bouldering as it would be nice to continue the climbing. Hope all is well on your end. Dec 8, 2015
my husband and i are looking for some outdoor climbing/bouldering near the columbia, sc area as we're moving there soon. i feel like SC has a lot more climbing then is listed here, [as brad mentioned! (: ]. I saw this bouldering in lexington, sc on youtube which looks pretty sweet.


anyhow i'm curious if anyone knows of some good areas nearby columbia, or maybe wanna post some routes for us newbs

thanks! Dec 30, 2015
Hey guys... I am looking for a good beginner (25-50') repelling face for some Clemson University Students. It would be best to not be to far away, and not to long of a hike. May 2, 2016
Chick on Crack
Superior, CO
Chick on Crack   Superior, CO
Hey y'all. I'm moving from Colorado to Charleston in July. Besides the gym and James Island wall, what's the best way to meet local climbers? I'm more interested in finding a crew to travel with for outdoor climbing (and climbing back in CO and the Red over the summers). Cheers! May 14, 2017
Hey there all,
I'm going to echo what's going on ^^. My husband and I just moved from Kentucky to Charleston, and were looking for more options besides Coastal Climbing and the wall at James Island County Park. The social scene revolving around outdoor climbing and indoor bouldering was fairly robust in Louisville, and I'd love to meet any and all climbers, to maybe get some trips going? Have spent some time doing outdoor top rope climbing at the Red, and am a newb at leading, but am happy to tackle any projects y'all recommend! Glad to hear others are testing the waters with outdoor climbing in South Carolina too. Any beta for bouldering routes or ways to get a group together for outdoor climbing would be appreciated. Thanks y'all,
M Jul 22, 2017
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Unfortunately, the Charleston area doesn't really have a big climbing scene and most, if not all, is centered around James Island and the local gym, Coastal Climbing...so I would think that's going to be your best bet for meeting up with other climbers locally. As you get closer to the foothills of the Appalachians, you'll find a bigger climbing scene, with Greenville being one of the more concentrated area of climbers in the state. There are several groups of Facebook for climbing in the Carolinas...Belayed Gratification Climbing Club Columbia SC might be the closest group to Charleston, with Western Carolina Climbing Association being one of the most active for climbing in Western NC. Good luck! Jul 25, 2017