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Boat Rock

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Alligator Tooth 
Awkward Crack 
Bad Boys Slab 
Barrel Hug 
Beach, The 
Beam Me Up Scotty 
Big Arch T,TR 
Blues Crack 
Bob and Curt's Slab 
Bob's Delight 
Bump, The 
Capt. Kirk 
Cormany Face 
Cormany's Arete Slab 
Cornflake Crack 
Craig's Rail and Mantle 
Craig's Slab 
Crazy Critters 
Crimpy McCrimperson 
DeWeese Slab 
Diamond Head 
Dimpled Slab 
Dimples with Seam 
Dishes Left 
Double Crack Left TR 
Double Crack Right 
Dream Scoop Direct 
Dream Scoop, Left 
Eagle Slab 
Easy Crack 
Easy Crack Traverse 
Fanny Seat 
Fat Crack 
Fire Woman 
For the Love of Friction 
Gaping Crack - 5.9 Hand Crack 
Goin to California 
Half Baked 
Half Pipe Slab 
Hanging arete 
Heaven Arete 
Hop, The 
Kashmir Crack 
Keeper of the Boat 
Keeper of the Boat Sit Start 
Knee Smasher 
Leah's Slab 
Left Arete (of Watermelon Slab) 
Long Board 
Lost Boys Throw 
Lost Digits 
Magilla Gorilla 
Mantel in the Sky 
Marvin Web Slab 
Mike's New Problem 
Motor Slab 
nosey woman 
Ocean, The 
Off Shore 
Other Side, The 
Paint Can 
Paint Can (Sit Start) 
Pizza Before Cake 
Poplar Slab 
Preacher Arete 
Preacher Mantle 
Ramble On 
Reach Mantel 
Reach Mantle 
Rills, The 
Roadside Throw 
Robyn's Traverse 
Rockhouse Traverse 
Shield Sit, The 
Shield, The 
Short Mantle 
Slab, 2xCrack Area 
Sleazy Slab 
Smash and Grab 
Snake Pit, Left Arete 
Sourwood Arete 
Sourwood Mantle 
Sourwood Sit 
Spiderman Arete 
Spiderman Crack 
Spiderman Direct 
Spiderman Traverse 
Stannard's Dihedral Slab 
Stegg Crack 
Stuck in the Middle 
Surfer Dude 
Surgeon, The 
Tennis Shoe Crack 
Tiny Crack 
Tough Guy 
Tourist Route 
Vulcan Grip 
Watermelon Arete (aka Bob's Arete) 
Waves in Motion 
Wiamea Bay 
Wiggle Worm 
Xenon Slab 
Yello Mon 
Yellow Arete 
Yellow Submarine 
Yellow Wall Slab 
Yellow Wall Traverse 
Zen Slab. 
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Sharp granite bouldering. Years ago there was a TR competition but with the advent of modern crash pads, most people just boulder. Some problems can be high off the deck, but there is still plenty to do for those who don't bring an army of spotters and pads.

Most of the problems are slabs. There are, however, a few overhanging things around and a few nice crack problems as well. Supposedly, the boulders were pushed down at the head of a glacier years ago, remnants of the same rocks found throughout the hills of North Carolina.

The climbing is surrounded by a housing district. The boulders used to be twice as many, but many were blown up to make way for more development. Luckily, the Southeast Climbers Coalition (SECC) stepped in and bought the rest of the land that the rocks are on and saved what remains. Please stay on established trails and don't climb on private property.

Getting There 

From Atlanta, drive west on I-20 to Fulton Industrial Blvd. exit. Go south on this road for 4 miles then take a left on Barkers Ferry Road (near the Post Office). This will run into Boat Rock Rd; take a left at the tee and drive about 1.5 miles to a small parking lot in the trees on the right. Boulders are on the south side of the road. Parking is limited and is located at the climbers information kiosk. Approach time is 30 seconds to the Easy Crack area and 5 minutes to the Yellow Arete area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

118 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',51],['2 Stars',48],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Boat Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Boat Rock:
Easy Crack   V0- 4-     Boulder, 10'   
Easy Crack Traverse   V1+ 5     Boulder   
Blues Crack   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   
Sourwood Arete   V3 6A     Boulder   
Waves in Motion   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   
Lost Digits   V3 6A     Boulder   
Spiderman Direct   V3 6A     Boulder   
Mantel in the Sky   V3+ 6A+     Boulder   
Keeper of the Boat   V4 6B     Boulder   
Yellow Arete   V4 6B     Boulder   
Fire Woman   V4 6B     Boulder   
Cormany's Arete Slab   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   
The Surgeon   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   
Bob and Curt's Slab   V5 6C     Boulder   
Paint Can   V5 6C     Boulder   
Pizza Before Cake   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   
Keeper of the Boat Sit Start   V5 6C     Boulder   
Dishes Left   V6 7A     Boulder   
Kashmir Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
Beam Me Up Scotty   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V3+ 6A+     Boulder   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Boat Rock bouldering in December.
Boat Rock bouldering in December.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rockhouse traverse on left, Watermelon ahead on ri...
Rockhouse traverse on left, Watermelon ahead on ri...
Rock Climbing Photo: Johnathan on problem to left of Gaping Crack.
Johnathan on problem to left of Gaping Crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking toward Lost Digits
Looking toward Lost Digits
Rock Climbing Photo: Close up of texture
Close up of texture
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the low side of the Easy Crack area fro...
BETA PHOTO: Looking at the low side of the Easy Crack area fro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Toe of the many boulders lost to develop...
Toe of the many boulders lost to develop...
Rock Climbing Photo: One of those infamous slabs.
One of those infamous slabs.

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By Jeff Mekolites
From: HOTlanta, GA
Dec 20, 2007
Great addition...been meaning to get around to it. I will get some photos and route info up on the website. Also, the annual float the boat boulder comp in coming up in January.
By Justin Dansby
From: GA
Dec 31, 2007
Check out for upcoming trail days and comp details.
By Justin Dansby
From: GA
Feb 27, 2008
Woods Hill - I hear the SCC now is leasing this land. But, are we still crossing private property to get to it? I would like to add it, but don't want to if there are access issues.
By Slaton Whatley
Sep 17, 2008
Just a reminder to everyone. Be careful in this area. Lock your car doors and cover up anything valuable you may have in it. Also if you see "suspect" looking people around the parking area wait or call the police. My friend and I were mugged at Boat Rock on new years eve of this year. After I was beat to the ground I was robbed. So keep an eye out.
By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 12, 2010
You can download a Dr Topo mini guide to this area here. Supposedly there is a proper guidebook in the works, supposed to be out in 2010, you can probably find more details on the SEC website.
By SubantZ
From: Georgia SON!!!!
Nov 9, 2010
Guide is still in the works but has evolved. It is to much info to be ready this year and is a major project. Please be patient.
By Jordan M
Dec 18, 2013
There is a nice composting toilet in the boulder field now that was built by SCC volunteers using a grant from the Access Fund.
By Jeff Mekolites
From: HOTlanta, GA
Dec 1, 2014
Would this area/page be better served if it was grouped into sub areas?
By Tim Herold
From: GA
Feb 15, 2015
I say yes to sub-areas; it makes browsing easier and more pleasant.
By westry
Jun 29, 2015
Agree with sub-areas...
By Lundy Bancroft
Jul 9, 2015
A quick correction to the directions: From where Bakers Ferry Rd. hits Boat Rock Rd. (you turn left there onto Boat Rock Rd.), it isn't nearly 1.5 miles to the turnout -- more like 0.3 miles -- it comes up quick. You'll see a sign that says "Short Sight Distance" and it's only a couple hundred feet past that.
By rtoslin
Apr 29, 2016
I would love it if someone could give me a guided tour, showing me the problems and maybe some of the betas. I am 6 months new to climbing and have only done indoor, with v3 as my max at our gym. I will be traveling to Atlanta from Texas this weekend and staying there for a few weeks, taking care of my dad who is now in hospice care :(. Thanks in advance.
By rtoslin
May 3, 2016
Well. I visited Boat Rock. What an amazing place! I did the easy cracks and was working on a really hard one not listed below (starts wide the arrows to almost impossibly small crack). Need to go back and work it further. You guys are so lucky! We have nothing like this in San Antonio.
By Russ Worley
From: Atlanta, GA
Oct 31, 2016
Be aware...the home owner on the back side of easy crack area is giving his pit bull enough chain to get past the fence into the climbing area. Not a super friendly dog (mean as hell). If you have young ones or small pets, keep an eye on em.
By Spencer Malone
From: Atlanta, GA
Dec 10, 2016
Re: Home owner's Pitbull

I got pinned with my pup nearby easy crack by that dog being off leash roaming around barking/growling at people. It purposefully blocked the path back and was being awful. It never actually snapped at us, but things got very tense for a minute or two.