Elevation: 4,000 ft
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Shared By: Scott Phil on Oct 4, 2016
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Access Issue: Access is only from the top, or along the base of the cliff. Details


Horseshoe Rock is a small, south-facing crag on Forest Service land in Jackson County, North Carolina. It is located off of Wolf Mountain Road. There are a variety of climbs here. Most are one pitch and range from 5.4 to 5.11. It is rare to encounter anyone else climbing here.

Horseshoe is not a destination crag, but if you live in Jackson County it is a great place for after work.

These climbs have been put up by a variety of people beginning in the 1980s. Please add any information you have on FAs and route names. All of these route names are place holders as I do not know any of the original names or who put them up.

A few of the bolts have been replaced. Many have not and some have been chopped. If you are planning to lead any of these routes be prepared.

Getting There

Access is only from the top of the cliff. The tree farm at the base of the cliff is private property. All access is by rappelling in from the top of the cliff.

From Tannasee Creek Road head north on Wolf Mountain Road until the pavement ends. Continue north on a steep, gravel road less than a mile until you top out. The gravel portion is not maintained in the winter and can be deeply rutted. A 4-wheel drive vehicle with decent clearance is recommended.

When you reach the top of the ridge there is a pull out on the right provides a view of most of the cliff face during the fall and winter months. This is the southwestern end of the "horseshoe" and is easily identified by the graffiti and trash.  Here you can get a good overview of the the main climbing areas, which are all on the eastern half of the cliff face. To reach them continue along Wolf Mountain Road a short distance until you see an obscure logging road to the right. There is another logging road to the left on Wolf Mountain Road immediately after this intersection. Park there.

The logging road that accesses the climbing area has now been barricaded with a tank trap and brush piles. There is a short trail around it to the left. As you descend the logging road, the cliff is to your right (stay right at the intersection). The second pull out on the right is directly above the Camptown Races area. The third pull out on the right has a short, steep trail to the rappel station above the Cheers Ledge area. When you reach the top of the rock face, the rappel station will be down on to your left on the other side of a small tree island.

The next cairn on the right side of the logging road marks a faint, steep trail that connects to the base of the Cheers Ledge climbs.

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Thanks for adding, I think it is important to note that you need to approach this Craig from the top and rap in. The base of this area is private property. Also way easier to approach from top.
I removed a lot of excess brush on one of the main approach trails a few weeks ago. Oct 6, 2016
Scott Phil   NC
Thanks, Kyle--for the feedback and the trail work!

I've added more info on the private property and may add a map of boundaries as well. Oct 6, 2016
Katie Mussel
Slade, KY
Katie Mussel   Slade, KY
Hey! Any updates on this area? Looks like the last post is from 2016. Apr 4, 2019
Scott Phil   NC
Hi Katie,
As noted above, Horseshoe is not a destination crag. There are a few additional routes there that I've not yet added, but the ones that are listed are fairly representative of the crag. Apr 5, 2019