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Big Daddy WI4
NE end flows TR WI3
Elevation: 3,000 ft
GPS: 36.422, -81.187 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Morrismc on Jan 22, 2014
Admins: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
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Yes! There is actually ice in the Southeast. I know what you are thinking, but I was surprised when I made the trek out to Doughton park this January and found some really fun, perfectly top-ropeable lines within stones throw of the cars. While I'm not sure of the name of all of routes, I will do my best to generally summarize the ice climbing here. Offers short routes that are easy to top-rope. Good place for beginners!

This climbing area is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can only climb here when the road is closed. It is located at mile 242 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Check maps.nps.gov/blri/road-clos…) for road conditions.

Also check out the SE Ice climbing facebook group for any updates on ice conditions: facebook.com/SEICECONDITIONS - another reason to get a facebook!


In the winter, the Doughton road cut is usually shady until 1-2 pm. It can be VERY windy here.

The closest town with a weather station is Laurel Springs, NC

Getting There

Take highway 18 out of North Wilkesboro - bound for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn right at the blue ridge parkway. Follow for ~ 7 miles until you reach a parking area just before a gate.

Park here, and then walk past the gate and you should see the ice flows that form up on the north facing road cut.

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