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Boat Rock bouldering in December.


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

122 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',49],['2 Stars',50],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

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 Area : Easy Crack Area
Easy Crack Traverse   V1 5     Boulder   Easy Crack Area : Easy Crack Area
Spiderman Crack   V2- 5+     Boulder   Spider Man Area
Blues Crack   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Glove Area
Waves in Motion   V3- 6A     Boulder, 10'   Easy Crack Area : Waves in Motion Area
Lost Digits   V3 6A     Boulder   Paint Can/Lost Digits Area : Lost Digits Area
Mantle Problem in the Sky   V3 6A     Boulder   Paint Can/Lost Digits Area : Firewoman Area
Eagle Slab   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Glove Area
Spiderman Direct   V3 6A     Boulder   Spider Man Area
Sourwood Arete   V3 6A     Boulder   Easy Crack Area : Sourwood Area
Keeper of the Boat   V4 6B     Boulder   Easy Crack Area : Keeper of the Boat Area
Yellow Wall Arete   V4 6B     Boulder   Yellow Wall Area
Fire Woman   V4 6B     Boulder   Paint Can/Lost Digits Area : Firewoman Area
Paint Can Arete   V5 6C     Boulder   Paint Can/Lost Digits Area : Paint Can Area
The Surgeon   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Easy Crack Area : Heartbreaker Area
Dishes Left   V6 7A     Boulder   Paint Can/Lost Digits Area : Dishes Area
Double Crack Right   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b V-easy 3     Boulder   Beam Me Up Scotty Area : Double Crack Area
Gaping Crack - 5.9 Hand Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V1 5     Boulder   Paint Can/Lost Digits Area : Firewoman Area
Kashmir Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Paint Can/Lost Digits Area : Kashmir Area
Beam Me Up Scotty   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V3+ 6A+     Boulder   Beam Me Up Scotty Area : Beam Me Up Scotty Area
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Featured Route For Boat Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Working the slab, on a frigid day.

Bob and Curt's Slab V5 6C  Georgia : Boat Rock : Unsorted Problems
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Rock Climbing Photo: Rockhouse traverse on left, Watermelon ahead on ri...
Rockhouse traverse on left, Watermelon ahead on ri...
Rock Climbing Photo: The 5.11 finger crack on the backside of EZ.  TR i...
BETA PHOTO: The 5.11 finger crack on the backside of EZ. TR i...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gaping Crack - Mid summer climb cont'd,  partner j...
Gaping Crack - Mid summer climb cont'd, partner j...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mid summer climb - Gaping Crack
Mid summer climb - Gaping Crack
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: ATL 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 Mitchell
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: ATL 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 whitaker
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.
By Christopher Hoffman
Mar 27, 2017
Shout out to the admin (Hunter) who added sub-areas!

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