Good places to crag/camp in Southeast?


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Andy Seymour · · Boulder · Joined May 2007 · Points: 0

This may be a common thread, but does anyone have recs for sweet crags & camping around the Southeast?

To widdle it down a bit:

-Not looking to pay for camping (dirtbagging it)
-Love longer moderate trad climbs
-Looking at Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia mostly
-2 whole months - October & November
-Also looking for partners, but I'll start lining that up later

I've only ever climbed at T-Wall. That place is amazing. I'll be back there for sure.

Any info is helpful, thanks in advance!

-Andy


eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

T-wall is great to crag and camp. If you're looking for some longer routes and don't mind a little bit of chossaneering, Suck Creek Canyon has some fun multi-pitch routes. I'd recommend bombs away


Lohan · · Young Harris, GA · Joined May 2014 · Points: 165

Looking Glass! Free camping, beautiful area, closeish to town, all kinds of trad (long, short, hard, easy, etc.)


Andy Seymour · · Boulder · Joined May 2007 · Points: 0

Those are both on the list now, much appreciated!


Ezra Ellis · · Hotlanta · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 0

Linville gorge is the best,
Cedar rock is also great
Looking glass does rock
Beware of break ins at the T wall!


Brian Abram · · Celo, NC · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 228

Linville Gorge and Looking Glass. Let me know when you're in town, and I could show you around Linville and the NC High Country


waldo · · Knoxville, TN · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 0

Obed not always free but the Lilly Pad is an awesome spot.


Jim Corbett · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 10

BITD Camp Slime at the end of the road into Panthertown. Easy access to Laurel Knob, Big Green, Woody Wall and the rest of Panthertown, you could easily spend a couple of weeks. However, the last I heard the land there was for sale and while I'm sure there is an easement for access, camping may now be problematic. Worth checking on that though.


Joe Campbell · · Cookeville, TN · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

+1 For Linville Gorge for longer trad stuff. Give me a shout if you need a partner.


Mike Reardon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 905

Cedar Rock, Looking Glass, and Linville are best for long moderates and free camping.


calebmmallory · · NC, Seattle, and Hong Kong · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 175

Linville Gorge!


Andy Seymour · · Boulder · Joined May 2007 · Points: 0

Thanks again guys. A few pointers here can totally steer a trip in the right direction.

I heard about break-ins at T-Wall on SECC. Sux. But I will sit down and check out all these places, much appreciated!!


Jack Stephenson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0
Robbie Meyer wrote:Obed not always free but the Lilly Pad is an awesome spot.
+1 for the Obed. World class Sport and Bouldering. Dale at the Lilly Pad is a great host. $5 a night or dale is open to let you camp long term in exchange for some manual labor around his property. He'll also prob invite you in for some brews.

waldo · · Knoxville, TN · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 0
Jack Stephenson wrote: +1 for the Obed. World class Sport and Bouldering. Dale at the Lilly Pad is a great host. $5 a night or dale is open to let you camp long term in exchange for some manual labor around his property. He'll also prob invite you in for some brews.
You can backcountry camp for free in the obed just get a permit from the Nps first but the Lilly pad is well worth 5 bucks.

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