REI Community
Juliette Boulders

Select Area...
Brain, The 
Line, The 
Right Scoop 
Thenar Wedge 
Throne of God, The 
Wedge, The 
Rest Day:
Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Arrowhead Park Mountain Bike Trails
Awesome trails and terrain for the Middle Georgia Area! Near West Point, Georgia
Fried Green 50
This is a great ride through the beautiful landscape of the Piedmont Wildlife Refuge. Near Forsyth, Georgia
Sac O Suds 50
This is the route for the annual Sac O Suds 50 Gravel Grinder Race and Ride. Near Forsyth, Georgia
Georgia Industrial Children's Home (AKA the Pig Trail)
A nice flow of singletrack that's fast but offers a few challenging sections Near Macon, Georgia
Thomson Red Trail
A shorter Middle GA trail with tons of ups and downs and lots of roots! Near Centerville, Georgia
East Macon Park
5 miles of tight, twisting singletrack. Near Macon, Georgia
From MP's sister site:

Juliette Boulders Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 33.028, -83.7673 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 15,048
Administrators: saxfiend, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Davis13au on Dec 13, 2008
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [3 people like this page.]
Juliette local showing huge grip strength on a slo...


This group of boulders is located on a peninsula at Lake Juliette between Macon and Forsyth. Though countless people as far back as the Ocmulgee may have scrambled over these boulders the individual who finally put Juliette on the climbing map was a Macon local named Rodney Selman. Rodney started climbing here around 1984 and had the place basically to himself for several years. Rodney put up Rock Till You Drop and the name and route has lived on since. He credits Trey McCombs for introducing a second generation of climbers to Juliette and for the original name of his first route surviving.

Lake Juliette is a 3,600 acre reservoir owned by Georgia Power. A coal fired power plant looms over the lake and is said to be the largest in the United States. It's a pretty impressive sight and if you are green sensitive it might be tough to look at. But don't worry, the water is probably cleaner here then any other lake in GA (seriously). The land surrounding the lake is part of the Rum Creek WMA (Wildlife Management Area) administered by the Georgia DNR. If you google Rum Creek WMA or Lake Juliette you can find out more info about both. There is a good bit of rock on the peninsula with a handful of them worth climbing. The rock quality is generally good and I believe it is sandstone or something similar.

Most of the problems here are overhung and provide a good workout. Most are short but there are some intersting routes with a few longer traverses. There are also possibly routes over the water. I'd advise a lot of caution though because there are old stumps and rocks under the water. When the lake is high they are hard to see. When the lake is low you can get to all of the shore line boulders withought getting wet. The top attraction here is a route called "Rock Till You Drop". It's a 20ft overhang that faces the lake. It's juggy and every move is a hard pull. Some top rope it and it was originally rated at a 5.9+. You can boulder it too but make sure you have a pad or two and some spotters. The crux is in the middle but if you fall topping out you could break something easy. There are probably some routes on this main boulder that still wait an FA.

Overall it's a fun place to get a work out in and it's quicker to get to than Hitchiti if you are in the Macon area. If you visit please remember to clean up after yourself and be respectful. The rocks are on public land in the WMA but there is no reason to draw any negative attention to climbing here.

Getting There 

Best bet is to google Lake Juliette and look at a map. If coming north out of Macon the easiest way is to take GA Hwy 87 (Riverside Dr.) up to Dames Ferry Rd (Hwy 18). You can also take Hwy 18 from Forsyth which should be exit 185 on interstate 75.

There are two ways to get to the boulders. Oneth by land, two-ith by sea...(or lake). If you want to park and walk to the boulders then check out the lat long coordinates on this page to see what peninsula the rocks are on. Just a few hundred yards west of that peninsula you will see what looks like a pull out on the lake side of the road. There is a sign in the bushes that says it's Rum Creek WMA and no vehicles are allowed past that point. Do not park anywhere else! I believe it is fine to park here if you act responsibly. You can follow the shore line around east until you find the rocks (if the lake is low enough). The other way is to go back east down the road until you see a trail (the water will be really close to the road). Stay on the trail or close to the lake. There is private property around. Please be respectful and don't ruin it for others. There are plenty of do not park here signs on the road. Don't park there. Also on the other side of the road is hunting club land. Hum the Deliverance tune in your head to remind your self not to park on that side.

  • *Update** The WMA has put a fence up at the unofficial parking area described above. I have not spoken with anyone about it but I imagine it was because people were driving down towards the lake there and making ruts and mudholes. (not climbers) There is still room to park in front of the fence for 2 cars maybe but I do not know if this is welcomed or not. If you do park there (at your own risk obviously) just please be respectful, safe, and keep it clean. So far I haven't had any problems.

The other more scenic way to get to the boulders is by boat. A canoe or kayak would be fine. If you continue north on Hwy 87 you will find the Rum Creek WMA boat ramp and parking area on the left. It's 3 bucks to park in the lot and use the ramp. Again use the lat long to pinpoint the right peninsula. It's really just a straight paddle across the lake. It takes about 30 minutes in a canoe to get to the rocks. It's a nice paddle across and you don't have to worry about where your car is parked. There is also a campgound near the boat ramp.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.4 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Juliette Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Juliette Boulders:
Rock Till You Drop   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   The Throne of God
Pinky and the Brain   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   The Brain
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Juliette Boulders

Featured Route For Juliette Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Wave Runner. The alternate top out is in blue (but...

Wave Runner V5+ 6C+  Georgia : Juliette Boulders : Waterworld
Start on jugs at head height. Traverse left through crimps then top out the same as Belly Flop. You can also top out on Sun Bleached Bum but that make it a bit easier....[more]   Browse More Classics in Georgia

Photos of Juliette Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo of the lake when it is slam full and the sam...
Photo of the lake when it is slam full and the sam...
Rock Climbing Photo: Coal plant on Lake Juliette visible from boulders
Coal plant on Lake Juliette visible from boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: The start of "Ankle Biter" on the "...
The start of "Ankle Biter" on the "...
Rock Climbing Photo: Relaxing on a warm January day.
Relaxing on a warm January day.
Rock Climbing Photo: More shoreline rocks
More shoreline rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Panorama of the peninsula
Panorama of the peninsula
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting ready to paddle across
Getting ready to paddle across

Comments on Juliette Boulders Add Comment
Show which comments
By tenesmus
Dec 16, 2008
thanks for sharing - cool info!
By Davis13au
Oct 28, 2011
I was contacted recently by Rodney Selman, a Macon local, with some great info about the history of bouldering at Juliette. I've updated a few things throughout the site to reflect the new info. It's great to hear about the history of an area even one as small as Juliette. If any one else has any info about climbing at Juliette I'd love to hear it and incorporate it into this site.
By Davis13au
Nov 18, 2012
My daughter and I took a trash bag with us today because it had gotten pretty bad out at the rocks. To our surprise it had already been completely cleaned up. Big thanks to whoever took the time to pick up out there. It may have been some fellow climbers or perhaps the WMA folks but if you are out there please don't leave trash and pick some up if you see it.
By caleb r.
Nov 18, 2012
It wasn't the WMA, we pulled 4 full grocery bags (and a lawn chair) out of the area on our way out a couple days ago. You're welcome!
By Davis13au
Nov 20, 2012
Awesome caleb r! Thanks for taking the time to do that. I know it's not climbers leaving trash at the rocks but it's great that climbers care enough to pack it out.
By James Green
From: Raleigh, NC
Dec 7, 2015
The boat ramp fee, for the scenic route, is now $5 for the day.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About