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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 11.2 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: Doc following first pitch on FA. early 90.

Stone Wall Action 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  South Carolina : Table Rock : Main Face
The first technical line done on this wall which was illegal to climb on at the time of FA in early 1990. Good Granite & no crowds at the time to say the least!The first 3 pitches each will have a crux with the third pitch runout to the belay but on easy / moderate typical southern slab climbing. Four pitches total to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Carolina

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Rock Climbing Photo: Saskatoon Restaurant (Greenville, SC)
Saskatoon Restaurant (Greenville, SC)
Rock Climbing Photo: I didn't say it...
I didn't say it...
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.
By Chick on Crack
From: Superior, CO
May 14, 2017
Hey y'all. I'm moving from Colorado to Charleston in July. Besides the gym and James Island wall, what's the best way to meet local climbers? I'm more interested in finding a crew to travel with for outdoor climbing (and climbing back in CO and the Red over the summers). Cheers!
By Mary Sterrett
Jul 22, 2017
Hey there all,
I'm going to echo what's going on ^^. My husband and I just moved from Kentucky to Charleston, and were looking for more options besides Coastal Climbing and the wall at James Island County Park. The social scene revolving around outdoor climbing and indoor bouldering was fairly robust in Louisville, and I'd love to meet any and all climbers, to maybe get some trips going? Have spent some time doing outdoor top rope climbing at the Red, and am a newb at leading, but am happy to tackle any projects y'all recommend! Glad to hear others are testing the waters with outdoor climbing in South Carolina too. Any beta for bouldering routes or ways to get a group together for outdoor climbing would be appreciated. Thanks y'all,
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Jul 25, 2017
Unfortunately, the Charleston area doesn't really have a big climbing scene and most, if not all, is centered around James Island and the local gym, Coastal I would think that's going to be your best bet for meeting up with other climbers locally. As you get closer to the foothills of the Appalachians, you'll find a bigger climbing scene, with Greenville being one of the more concentrated area of climbers in the state. There are several groups of Facebook for climbing in the Carolinas...Belayed Gratification Climbing Club Columbia SC might be the closest group to Charleston, with Western Carolina Climbing Association being one of the most active for climbing in Western NC. Good luck!

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