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Rocktown Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,874'
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Located in La Fayette, Georgia close to the Tennesse border, Rocktown is arguably one of the best bouldering locations in the Southeast. Some would even say its better than Horse Pens 40, but that is a heated topic. Known for it's amazing sandstone and bomber slopers, crimpers, hueco's, rails, and its intense top outs; Rocktown is one of the best bouldering areas in the country.

Rocktown is relatively uncrowded, depending on the season, with a great parking lot that you can camp in for free. It is also a relatively new location with new problems being thrown up quite often. Because of this, many problems are unkown to who established them and their names.

Getting There 

From Atlanta:
-Take I-75 North
-Take exit 133 for HWY 136 (Resacca/LaFayette)
-Follow HWY 136 to La Fayette (25 miles)
-Once in La Fayette, go left then right to HWY 193 North
-After 2.7 miles you will see Uncle Jed's Store, make a left on Chamberlain Road.
-Travel 3.3 miles then take a right on Rocky Ln. and Crockford-Pigeon Wildlife Area.
-Follow the road (which will turn into a dirt road) up the mountain through the switchbacks for about 5 miles.
-At the obvious fork, take a right.
-Drive another 1.3 miles and take a left on Rocktown Rd.
-Park at the end of the road

From Chattanooga:
-Drive South on HWY 27
-After you pass La Fayette's Wal-Mart go straight to 27 BUS.
-Drive into La Fayette and take a right on HWY 193 North.
-Follow Directions from Atlanta once on HWY 193 North.

The approach is a real easy trail but is kind of long (about 5-10 minutes).

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

160 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',38],['3 Stars',84],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rocktown

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rocktown:
El Classico   V0 4     Boulder   Campus Punks
Comet Arete   V1 5     Boulder   The Comet Boulder
Ripple   V2 5+     Boulder   Hueco Simulator
Makin' Waves   V2 5+     Boulder   Hueco Simulator
The Scoop   V3 6A     Boulder, 7'   Back Street Boulders
Super Mario   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Hueco Simulator
El Bano   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Asphalt Boulders
Luigi   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Hueco Simulator
Belly Button   V3 6A     Boulder   Hueco Simulator
Double Trouble   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   The Orb
Soap on a Rope   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   The Orb
Standard's Variation   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   The Comet Boulder
Asphalt or Pythagorean Theorem   V5 6C     Boulder   Asphalt Boulders
Croc Bloc   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   The Croc Boulder
Golden Shower   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Asphalt Boulders
Blue   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 12'   Asphalt Boulders
Nose Candy   V6 7A     Boulder   Sherman Roof
Standard Deviation   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   The Comet Boulder
Sherman Photo Roof   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Sherman Roof
The Orb   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   The Orb
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Rock Climbing Photo: Marc takes a swing on this tricky problem

The Vagina V8 7B  Georgia : Rocktown : The Front Corridor
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Photos of Rocktown Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Choctaw Sundial
Choctaw Sundial
Rock Climbing Photo: KK on the Sherman Roof
KK on the Sherman Roof
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg sticking the blind hold on "the scoop&qu...
Greg sticking the blind hold on "the scoop&qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: The orb
The orb
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocktown Bouldering Guide
BETA PHOTO: Rocktown Bouldering Guide
Rock Climbing Photo: The Hueco Simulator
The Hueco Simulator
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew on "Triple Slaps"
Andrew on "Triple Slaps"
Rock Climbing Photo: Katreinese, v1 Rocktown
Katreinese, v1 Rocktown
Rock Climbing Photo: Phil on the "Croc Wall"
Phil on the "Croc Wall"
Rock Climbing Photo: Alli working the steep jugs on some unnamed proble...
Alli working the steep jugs on some unnamed proble...
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg in "the scoop"
Greg in "the scoop"
Rock Climbing Photo: Meteor boulder I think.  Very fun problem.
Meteor boulder I think. Very fun problem.
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew on "Police Brutality"
Andrew on "Police Brutality"
Rock Climbing Photo: rocktown swag
rocktown swag
Rock Climbing Photo: The Orb, V8
The Orb, V8

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By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 12, 2010
You can still get the old Dr Topo guide for this area at this website. It is not comprehensive, but it's better than nothing (and WAY better than what is on Mountain project).
By Dan Brayack
From: Marmet, WV
Mar 22, 2011
I'm looking for photos for the rocktown guide. If anyone has any good ones, send the my way thanks!

By Odis
Dec 30, 2011
Starting on Jan 1, 2012 there will be a pass required to access RT. There was a sign posted at the bottom of the mountain today. This will affect Lost Wall as well. It is called a Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass.

This the link I found
By Dan Brayack
From: Marmet, WV
Aug 16, 2012
There is now a guidebook for Rocktown!
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Sep 4, 2012
Check out the review of the new guidebook
By Lauren Beaudoin
Dec 1, 2012
Hello everyone,

A few friends and I are planning to head to Rocktown right after Christmas (Dec 26-Jan 1). Does anyone have any recommendations of where to stay in the area? We were originally planning on camping but are also considering a cabin-like set-up if there are affordable ones close by!

We'd appreciate any info you can send our way, thanks!

By Kevin DB
Mar 27, 2013
Rocktown is rad. We came here on a long road trip expecting to stay for a few days and stayed for a month and a half. Some of the best bouldering in America.
By DCSwish23
From: Maine/Spain
Nov 26, 2013
There are many signs posted saying no camping other than in designated areas. There are no signs saying you are allowed to camp in the parking area. I'm not very familiar with the area, but I would assume that means there is no camping in the parking lot.
By ferrells
Mar 19, 2014
Right. No camping in the parking lot. Just look for the designated camping area once on top of the hill. It's huge and not a bad place. Sunny.
Get a pass (phone or online, and it's a decent price), bury your human waste (helpful to have a trowel), pick up your garbage (and that of others), and try to keep the night time screaming to a minimum.
By MB2
From: Nashville
Oct 27, 2014
Camping is actually NOT allowed in the parking lot. Go to Southeastern Climbers Coalition (seclimbers dot org) for current info.
Camping is not allowed in the Rocktown parking lot or along the Rocktown Road. There's great free camping at Sawmill Lake, a 5 minute drive from the Rocktow Parking lot.
By Jen Shriber
From: Atlanta, GA
Jan 16, 2015
Does anyone know if we still need to buy passes, and if we can get them at Rocktown? I'm planning a trip there this weekend but the GORP site isn't working, so I can't buy the pass online.
By Irrelephant
Jul 17, 2016
Does anyone know if the boulders are accessible from the campsites at night? Anymore it seems crags are always gated at night. I understand the safety concerns, of course, but it's just so dang out hot out during the summer I would much rather moon climb with headlamps and lanterns. Thanks!
By Emerson Takahashi
From: Casper, WY
Nov 14, 2016
yes, you can climb at night. you'll certainly get some better friction on the rock once the sun goes down.
By Hillbill
From: Indianapolis
Jan 18, 2017
Does anyone know if the Chamberlain Road entrance is currently accessible, I believe this is the main entrance? Last time I was there we had to drive through the southwest entrance (which takes foreverrrrr)
By Andrew Carter
Mar 2, 2017
Hillbill- The Chamberlain Road entrance to Rocktown has been reopened.
By Taylor Wells
May 12, 2017
As of May 12th the back entrance is blocked by a down tree. I don't know how fast they will move it but just letting you know to take the front entrance for now.
By caesar.salad
From: earth
Sep 24, 2017
What's the deal with permits now? Apparently GORP gone and now you have to buy a hunting license or lands license, both of which are MUCH MUCH more expensive than GORP was. Am I wrong? It seems climbing in the southeast always requires all these different permits. What the hell.
By Christopher Newgent
5 days ago

I just called Georgia DNR to figure this out myself. The lady I spoke to said you can get a basic Fishing License, which gives you access to the Pigeon Mtn WMA. It's only $10 for a day pass, +$3.50 for additional days. Not bad, I suppose, when you consider it covers camping in the Pigeon Mtn. primitive sites.

Here's a link to the site where I found the info:
By Spencer Malone
From: Atlanta, GA
4 days ago

GORP Licenses are no longer available. A license that includes the privilege to hunt or fish on state lands is all that is needed to shoot on state shooting ranges, or be on state WRD lands. All persons 16 and older on designated state WRD lands must have an individual basic hunting or fishing privilege. An individual WRD Lands Pass is optionally available for those that have objections to purchasing hunting or fishing licenses, but the cost for the Lands Pass is higher to make up for loss of federal funds that come with hunting or fishing licenses. Most persons not hunting or not fishing will still want the basic hunting or fishing license; the least costly basic fishing or hunting license for short term or annual use will suffice for basic access.

Sounds like BS to me that federal funds really offset the cost, I imagine it helps inflate their numbers to make it look like they have more hunters + fishers than they do. Regardless, day passes are $5, an annual fishing license is $15 as of 2017

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