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The Jocassee Gorges are a remote and secluded 250 square miles of southern appalachia found in the mountains of Pickens and Oconee Counties of South Carolina. Within the Jocassee Gorges are numerous boulderfields, some big and some small, with a variety of problems to choose from. Bouldering is the only legal climbing related activity, as roped climbing is specifically mentioned as illegal in the Jocassee Gorges Management Plan...a meeting with the CCC and SCDNR state leaders around Thanksgiving 2010 verified that bouldering IS NOT the same thing as roped climbing and therefore will be managed as hiking/scrambling around (actually DNR called it "hiking on rocks") and not climbing!

Among the bigger boulderfields in the Gorges are the Bearfields and Jedi Boulders, each with around 300 problems and Lighthouse with 150 routes or so...followed by Little Eastatoee, Beasley Gap, Sasquatch, Pow Wow, Waterfall and Ghost Town. In total, there are well over 1000 established routes, from Vb-V9, in the Gorges (not including the 100's of deep water bouldering routes on Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee)! Not only is this the best kept bouldering secret in the Southeast, but the area also provides incredible mountain and road biking, whitewater and flatwater kayaking, backpacking, camping and all around wonderful outdoor experience. For more details on routes at Little Eastatoee, Beasley Gap, and Sasquatch in the Jocassee Gorges and Granite City, North Side of Looking Glass and Nowhere Boulders in Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests...check out the Upstate Bouldering Guide (second edition will be printed before winter 2013...http://upstatebouldering.blogspot.com/2013/01/upstate-bouldering-guide-is-sold-out.html ) and for current news on new areas, routes, access and trail days, check out UpstateBouldering.blogspot.com!

Getting There

Various boulderfields have various directions, but in general, most boulders are within 15-20 minutes of the intersection of Hwy 11 and Hwy 178 in northern Pickens County.

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Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Sent you an email Wes...enjoy the area! Jul 2, 2016
Hey Brad... my parents live on Lake Keowee and we'll be visiting over the holiday weekend. I'm hoping that you may be able to provide some beta for a DWS sesh or a decent lap or two (clear of poison ivy if possible). If you'd like to meet up on Saturday or Sunday that would be cool, too. Hope to hear from you! Jun 30, 2016
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Best overall may be Big Rock, followed closely (if not tied with) by the Bearfields, then Jedi and finally Lighthouse. The only one of those areas with a published guidebook is Big Rock. The new edition will be out before Halloween, a few copies of the old edition may still be available at Sunrift in Travelers Rest. Little Eastatoee and Beasley Gap both have a handful of really great routes in the V0-V5 range and Sassafras has some really great routes in the V4 and up range...these 3 are all smaller boulderfields, but have short approaches unlike the 2 mile average hike in to each of the first 4 I mentioned. Shoot me a message and we'll try to coordinate a boulder session. Oct 4, 2015
Thanks for the info Brad! What area would you consider to be the best in that general area? Oct 4, 2015
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Hey Mitch...the spot you're referencing is called Little Eastatoee. It has nearly 100 established routes from Vb-V7/8 and it is covered in the Upstate Bouldering Guide in details. There is a lot of poison ivy there, so usually folks wait until it dies down to start bouldering there in the fall. There are some really good problems, along with really bad ones just like anywhere else, and there is still room for development of harder routes. There is a small trail that was built through the boulderfield at the parking lot, but it has slowly overgrown over the last few years. There are also other smaller boulderfields and single boulders dotting the landscape on the trail down to the junction of Little Eastatoee and Big Eastatoee Creeks.

From LE/Little Eastatoee, there are upwards of 1500+ boulder problems within a 15 minute drive!!! Sep 28, 2015
what is the name of the boulders across the road form the long shoals wayside area? I was exploring there a saw a few signs of people climbing there, are there many established problems there? Sep 27, 2015
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Sorry to hear you came up empty handed! Which bouldering area in specific were you looking for? Many routes see little use at times and start to grow over with moss, lichen and weeds at the base. If anyone ever has problems finding areas or problems, please get in touch here on MP. Dec 17, 2014
Michael J Yarros
Colorado Springs, CO
Michael J Yarros   Colorado Springs, CO
Went out here to try and find some bouldering as I'm visiting the area for work. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything that looked 'climbed'. I did find the bridge and a walking path to some fishing spots along the river. But any extra beta on getting to specific spots would be nice for the occasional traveler like myself.

Thanks :) Dec 16, 2014
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
And here is updated information about the Upstate Bouldering Guide, which covers several bouldering spots in the Jocassee Gorges, along with Granite City, and selected routes at the North Side of Looking Glass and Nowhere Boulders in Pisgah.

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Nov 11, 2013
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Check out Southern Appalachian Bouldering, the newest guidebook to bouldering and deep water bouldering in the Jocassee Gorges, along with several other great bouldering destinations like Yonah, Pisgah, 107 Boulders and Corner Rock.

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Nov 11, 2013

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