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Thunder Hill Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,636'
Location: 36.14673, -81.65104 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Matthew Nunes on Sep 23, 2014
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A cool, concentrated collection of conglomerate boulders that makes for an excellent afternoon session. I started climbing here around two years ago, looking for a place I could walk to from my house to climb at. Thunder hill is one of those obscure Boone boulderfields. It's sharp, rocky, and definitely not the best of places to go in the high country, but if you're looking for something new to do, Thunder Hill is the place to go. The boulders feature a lot of slab climbing, and the rock type is different (for better or for worse) than anything else around. You might be on your own if you choose to spend the afternoon here, it's usually empty when I go... That being said, IF YOU KNOW ANY MORE OF THE BOULDERS not listed on this page, feel free to add! I encourage anyone to walk off the beaten path and put chalk on unclimbed boulders as well! And PLEASE, if I ever put out false information about a climb, or claim a boulder as my FA when it's really not, let me know!! Happy sending!

Getting There 

In Blowing Rock, North Carolina off the Blue Ridge Parkway just past mile marker 290.

You would think, by the name, that "Thunder Hill Boulders" would be somewhere off of Thunder hill. Well it's not. It's at the Raven Rock Lookout a few hundred yards down the road from Thunder hill.
Pull off at the Raven Rock lookout parking and walk along the grass to the right of the pull-off. Walk about a hundred yards until you see the thin trail to your left. Walk the trail about two minutes until you get to a fork in the trail. GO LEFT!! Follow this section of the trail to an endless wall of conglomerate.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 2.6 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Thunder Hill Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Thunder Hill Boulders:
The Rail/SDS Direct   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Main Area
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Featured Route For Thunder Hill Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the Forte boulder

Forte V10 7C+  North Carolina : Thunder Hill Boulders : Upper Thunder Hill
An almost historic, sharp, highball masterpiece and, I'd say, one of the best climbs in all of the highcountry. This amazing problem can probably be done many, many different ways, however all are probably around v10 and all make for a great climb. Sit start on an obvious undercling at the base of the rock and bump a right hand onto the sloper edge leading up. left hand way out left to a sharp little crimper, bump the heel up and bring a right hand into the next high, juggy undercling. Re-ara...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

Photos of Thunder Hill Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Thunder Hill Boulders
Thunder Hill Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Tweek's Arete
Tweek's Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: the rail
the rail
Rock Climbing Photo: Thunder Hill has awesome rock
Thunder Hill has awesome rock
Rock Climbing Photo: the thunder wall
the thunder wall
Rock Climbing Photo: center V2 crack
center V2 crack
Rock Climbing Photo: sharp rocks, cool problems
sharp rocks, cool problems
Rock Climbing Photo: the left turn to the boulders
the left turn to the boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: walk about a hundred yards or so down the grass
walk about a hundred yards or so down the grass
Rock Climbing Photo: trailhead is on the left
BETA PHOTO: trailhead is on the left
Rock Climbing Photo: trailhead to thunder hill
trailhead to thunder hill

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By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Sep 23, 2014
There are many many Ravens Rocks in the this at Raven Rock State Park? Directions are really lacking!
By Matthew Nunes
From: Boone, NC
Sep 23, 2014
I realized your concern and have better specified the location of the boulders. Thanks for your input. -Matt
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Sep 23, 2014
By Benandstuff
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Aug 10, 2015
The Blue Ridge has a lot of unlabeled overlooks. I spent a bit of time finding the right one, so just to be extra specific, the overlook you want will have a Ravens Rock sign on the fence, and is in between mile marker 290 and 289. Walk back north up the parkway to the trailhead on the left.

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