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Island Ford Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Nick Knowles on Nov 14, 2015
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Located in the Island Ford section of the Chattahoochee National Recreation area along the river, there are several overhung features and boulders with a nice variety of low to mid range bouldering problems. Most are pumpy overhangs and roofs, but there are a few low grade crack/friction problems. It is easy to access from the north side of Atlanta ,but it's a small area so don't expect to be there for days.

Getting There 

From Atlanta take 400 North and exit at the Northridge Rd. exit. Turn right onto Dunwoody Place then follow and take another right onto Roberts Dr. Look for the Island Ford park sign on the right. Once inside the park head to the second parking lot on your left. There is a $3 per day fee and box with tags. Follow the trail down to the left and when you hit the river take a left so the river is on your right. As you reach the first sizable creek there will be a trail to the left. This leads to the Sandman area. All other boulders can be found by following the trail straight and are easily noticeable.

Climbing Season

For the Metro-Atlanta Area area.

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Island Ford

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Island Ford:
Lock and Key   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Sundrop Boulder
Locksmith   V3- 6A     Boulder, 15'   Sundrop Boulder
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Featured Route For Island Ford
Rock Climbing Photo: Lullaby(yellow) and Power Nap(red)

Lullaby V4 6B  Georgia : Metro-Atlanta Area : ... : The Sandman
Awesome problem. Start on the far left on a blocky jug following a series of crimps along a flake line on the roof then as the angle decreases...more crimps/pockets trending left towards the small ledge to topout....[more]   Browse More Classics in Georgia

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By David Toomey
Nov 20, 2015
Nick- Dude can't thank you enough for developing some of these boulders & sharing the beta. I grew up in the metro area before i started climbing then moved out to tahoe a little over a year ago. I'm coming back home over thanksgiving to see family so now i'm stoked to jump on some new boulders so close to where I grew up. Thanks again for sharing!
By Nick Knowles
From: Atlanta, GA
Nov 22, 2015
No problem man, I feel like there is great bouldering around the ATL area other than Boat Rock, just have to find it.
By Timothy Monroe
Dec 17, 2016
Hey Nick, just curious. Is there a lot of potential in this area? I'm in Midtown ATL, and I'm really wanting to establish some routes/problems. I've never done anything like that before, but I want to give back to the climbing community in some way.
By Nick Knowles
From: Atlanta, GA
Jan 8, 2017
I'll put it this way. The granite that comprises Stone Mountain is underneath all of Atlanta and the areas near it. Look at Boat area of amazing granite boulders. That isn't an isolated situation. The problem is development and access. We just need to isolate, protect, and get organizations like the SCC involved to protect what is already here.
By Chris Broecker
From: Atlanta, GA
May 4, 2017
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Nick, but the majority of the problems you put up on the Sandman and the Sundrop boulder were developed a while ago. Working with some of the original guys who climbed here to dig up some fossils and fill in information gaps
By Nick Knowles
From: Atlanta, GA
Jun 15, 2017
That is a constant on mountain project. "So and so did the first ascent in...the summer of 52'". It's not really bad news to me, I'd be happy to change the info if you can give me some reliable sources. I did some research before and saw no particular claims other than a small blurb on the SCC website.

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