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Submitted By: Brad Caldwell on Jun 3, 2012
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Table Rock from the North.


South Carolina has plenty of flat land, but the upstate area containing some of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, provides a couple of areas with good climbing. Table Rock State Park offers some heady routes on one of South Carolina's most recognizable natural features, and close by, the Jocassee Gorges have some incredible bouldering areas too. The Carolina Climbers Coalition is a great climbing organization that covers this area and over the last few years, Stephen Scoff and Brad Caldwell have helped to increase access and foster a positive relationship with land managers in the upstate area.

Getting There 

Most of the climbing in the state is located in either Pickens, Oconee or Greenville counties and fairly close to the SC/NC border.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 11.3 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in South Carolina

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Carolina :
Stone Wall Action   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Table Rock : Main Face
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Featured Route For South Carolina
Rock Climbing Photo: The obvious left-facing offwidth corner. Bring you...

Peelin' Feelin' 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13  South Carolina : Table Rock : Main Face
One of the easier routes on the main face, but don't let it fool you. This one makes you work for it, wishing the next bolt was just a little closer. While the bolts are well spaced, it is by no means a dangerous route, despite what your butt may be telling you.There is a direct start that comes in from the left with two bolts and one finger sized piece of gear. It is a stout variation, but preferred if you don't have the #6 camalot or don't like offwidths. Getting off the ground is tricky...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Carolina

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Rock Climbing Photo: Doc Bayne on one of many FA in SC. 1989
Doc Bayne on one of many FA in SC. 1989

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By Sean Horgan
Feb 12, 2015
Seriously South Carolina?? Kansas has more climbs than us, and they don't even have mountains. Step your game up!
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Feb 12, 2015
Hahahaha! They're there Sean, most locals just have tight lips ;) There are thousands of established boulder routes and hundreds of roped routes in the Upstate, if you need some beta, get in touch. Hopefully there will be some good news in SC climbing real soon..something is in the works...stay tuned!
By BirminghamBen
From: Birmingham, AL
Feb 14, 2015
Brad...good luck! SC is a treasure trove.
By george wilkey
From: travelers rest sc
Feb 20, 2015
I know what your saying sean. I've lived here most of my life and even though I know there are a lot more climbs out there, I get a little embarrassed for us when I see only 6 listed.

keep up the good work brad! we could use some good news for SC climbing.
By Sean Horgan
Mar 5, 2015
I know there's some more stuff around, like Schoolhouse Road Boulders and Horsepens but not much else, and I was just surprised we had nothing on here. When I climb I'm usually headed to NC or TN.
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Mar 5, 2015
Schoolhouse Road Boulders??? Are you talking about Dixon School Road Boulders in NC? And Horse Pens 40 is in Alabama. There are plenty of boulders in SC, with most development taking place in the upper west corner, the Jocassee Gorges, along the hwy 11 corridor.
By Jonathan Gore
Apr 14, 2015
Brad, want to enlighten the great people of SC about your recent guide book release and the new areas?
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Apr 14, 2015
I haven't "officially" released that guidebook yet, and I think we want to consult the land manager before it gets announced on Mountain Project...for now. :) More info will be released very soon!
By Jonathan Gore
Apr 14, 2015
Sounds good! Let me know if I can help in any way!
By Tyler Turnmeyer
Dec 8, 2015
Hey Brad! Super pumped about this release. I have been traveling out on the west coast for the past year and will be returning east to South Carolina for the holidays. I am actually from the Upstate, and live extremely close to Table Rock and Jocassee Gorges. Would love to get some more detailed information on some places to go out bouldering as it would be nice to continue the climbing. Hope all is well on your end.
By Natalie Collier
Dec 30, 2015
my husband and i are looking for some outdoor climbing/bouldering near the columbia, sc area as we're moving there soon. i feel like SC has a lot more climbing then is listed here, [as brad mentioned! (: ]. I saw this bouldering in lexington, sc on youtube which looks pretty sweet.

anyhow i'm curious if anyone knows of some good areas nearby columbia, or maybe wanna post some routes for us newbs

By Joe Holloway
May 2, 2016
Hey guys... I am looking for a good beginner (25-50') repelling face for some Clemson University Students. It would be best to not be to far away, and not to long of a hike.

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