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DescriptionSouth Carolina may not have many cliffs, but this one should not be missed. Many regard the face climbing here to be the best of the granite domes in the Southeast. The dense grain lends itself to amazing crimps, crystals, and knobs, with the occasional watergroove or crack thrown in. True to the Southern style, expect wild and exciting climbs in an secluded setting.
Most of the cliff faces SE-S. Getting an early start is best to maximize the sun exposure. Avoid this cliff in the warmer months because there is no tree coverage. Don't expect to see any other parties out there. Those willing to take on the adventure should be prepared to self-rescue. Due to the nature of the hike and terrain, help is far away. A fair warning to those not accustomed to the SE granite, the climbing that is 2-3 grades below the routes rating are often R or even X rated. While there are some easier climbs on the face, don't expect any clip-ups.
Raptor Closures Details
Closed from Jan. 1 to Sept. 1 for Raptor nesting. Only the south faces are open for climbing during any time. Climbing on the North Face is highly illegal and will result in severe punishments due to it being in the watershed.
Getting ThereThank you to the Carolina Climbers Coalition for expanding access! Climbing is allowed on the South Faces between August 15th and February 1st. This is an extra month and a half of climbing access. In addition to the longer season, we no longer have to wait until the park office opens to register to climb. We can now head straight to the White Oaks campground when the park opens and register at the climbers kiosk (check website for times, typically 7am).
Drive through the East Gate and pay the park fee ($5/person). Drive straight until you see a sign on the right for White Oaks, turn right here. Just before the main White Oaks area, turn left at road towards cabin 15 and 16 and park just before the gate on the right. Just before the gate on the road towards the cabins, turn right onto a trail that leads into the woods (see image below). Once you are registered at the kiosk, turn left and begin the hike. The trail will head down hill then immediately up. Once the trail starts heading up, it turns into a fire break. Follow the fire break (blue blaze pink flagging) up hill until it makes a hairpin turn left after 5 minutes of hiking, keep going straight into the woods. Follow this trail as it ascends to the base of the cliff. You will reach a saddle just before the hiking becomes slightly technical. Scramble over two easy slabs until you reach a large boulder. Walk left around the boulder and ascend a steep gulley behind it. After the gulley you will be on mossy slabs. Follow pink flagging until you reach the base of the Watergroove Wall. Turn left and continue along the base for 5-10 minutes to reach the base of the Main Wall. This should take between 40-75 minutes depending on fitness level. Expect a sustained uphill ascent.
Note: Since the fire of 2016, much of the trail near the base of the cliff is gone. The Carolina Climbers are working on making the new approach easy and more visible. Please consider becoming a member of the CCC to continue improving access in areas we can all enjoy.
Classic Climbing Routes at Table Rock
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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