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Camptown Races 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Cheers Ledge 2 / 4 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Gun Smoke Wall 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 4,000 ft
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Shared By: Scott Phil on Oct 4, 2016
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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.
Access is only from the top, or along the base of the cliff. Details

Getting There

Access is only from the top, or along the base 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.

The first pull out on the right provides a view of most of the cliff face. From here follow the road along the top of the cliff until you see an obscure logging road to the right. There is one parking space to the left on Wolf Mountain Road just after this turn off. Park there, or add some scratches to your ride by driving down the logging road.

The cliff is to your right. The second pull out on the right has a great view. It is directly about the Camptown Races area. The third pull out on the right has a trail to the Cheers Ledge area.

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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
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.   Asheville NC
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

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