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Below Raven Rock? 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elephant Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Gemini Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Main Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Pitt Bull Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Potato Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Swamp, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Tweek Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Upper Thunder Hill 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Warm Up Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2

Description

A cool, concentrated collection of conglomerate boulders that makes for an excellent afternoon session. I started climbing here around two years ago, looking for a place I could walk to from my house to climb at. Thunder hill is one of those obscure Boone boulderfields. It's sharp, rocky, and definitely not the best of places to go in the high country, but if you're looking for something new to do, Thunder Hill is the place to go. The boulders feature a lot of slab climbing, and the rock type is different (for better or for worse) than anything else around. You might be on your own if you choose to spend the afternoon here, it's usually empty when I go... That being said, IF YOU KNOW ANY MORE OF THE BOULDERS not listed on this page, feel free to add! I encourage anyone to walk off the beaten path and put chalk on unclimbed boulders as well! And PLEASE, if I ever put out false information about a climb, or claim a boulder as my FA when it's really not, let me know!! Happy sending!
--Matt

Getting There

In Blowing Rock, North Carolina off the Blue Ridge Parkway just past mile marker 290.

You would think, by the name, that "Thunder Hill Boulders" would be somewhere off of Thunder hill. Well it's not. It's at the Raven Rock Lookout a few hundred yards down the road from Thunder hill.
Pull off at the Raven Rock lookout parking and walk along the grass to the right of the pull-off. Walk about a hundred yards until you see the thin trail to your left. Walk the trail about two minutes until you get to a fork in the trail. GO LEFT!! Follow this section of the trail to an endless wall of conglomerate.

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Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
There are many many Ravens Rocks in the Carolinas...is this at Raven Rock State Park? Directions are really lacking! Sep 23, 2014
Matthew Nunes
Boone, NC
Matthew Nunes   Boone, NC
I realized your concern and have better specified the location of the boulders. Thanks for your input. -Matt Sep 23, 2014
Brad Caldwell
Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Brad Caldwell   Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Thanks! Sep 23, 2014
Benandstuff
Winston-Salem, NC
Benandstuff   Winston-Salem, NC
The Blue Ridge has a lot of unlabeled overlooks. I spent a bit of time finding the right one, so just to be extra specific, the overlook you want will have a Ravens Rock sign on the fence, and is in between mile marker 290 and 289. Walk back north up the parkway to the trailhead on the left. Aug 10, 2015

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