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Rockcastle River Rock Climbing 

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The Rockcastle River hosts an enormous (mostly) untapped potential for new routes. The area described herein is part of the southernmost portion of the river, which is designated as a "state wild river area". The rock is very reminiscent of that found in the Red River Gorge, but of more varied quality.

Getting There 

Being off the Rockcastle river, exploration via boat is ideal. Rapids up to class IV make this an adventure in itself. Otherwise, a network of RV trails and maintained forest trails can be utilized. Get a topo and sort it out for yourself.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 16.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Hand crack at base

Thigh Gap 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Kentucky : Rockcastle River : Pounder Branch
The route is about 50' right of the origin of the faint gully form Pounders creek. See topo....[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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