Cathy's Creek is quite the anomaly for Pisgah forest. It is overhanging and stays dry in a thunderstorm. The area is in the shade for most of the day. The climbing is powerful and gymnastic. A great resource for Pisgah climbers and those traveling through town. Please respect the wild and natural state of the area. Keep your dogs on a leash and pack out what you pack in.
Nathan Brown and Eric Singleton began working on establishing routes in the Winter of 2012 after being shown the area by local Brevard College Students and climbers, Bennett Anderson and Davis King. Bennett and Davis had been scouting the area for several months before reaching out to Nathan and Eric for help in establishing the area.
This crag is the realization of a dream Pisgah climbers have had for generations. To have overhanging, pumpy routes focusing on pure difficulty is truly a treasure and we must treat it like one.
Routes were done top down and ground up, making it one of the few transitions cliff in Pisgah, allowing different ethics and styles to exist side by side. So each route has its own, unique character. You may get on a line and find yourself fist deep in a crack stemming your brains out or you could get on a line and find yourself with two fantastic slopers and a knee-bar.
Please respect the natural beauty of this area. Yes it is a crag but it is also part of a National Forest and should be kept pristine! Practice Leave No Trace ethics at all times.
This is not an excellent cliff for beginners or children. There is lots of loose rock and the routes are technically and physically difficult. Even the sport lines have some small run outs. Just keep in mind this is a North Carolina Crag established by North Carolina climbers and use your best judgement at all times.
Located above Cathy's Creek Falls. Please park sensibly and do not obstruct the forest service road. There is parking for 10 cars if you don't mind walking a few hundred yards up or down the road depending on where you park. CARPOOL CARPOOL CARPOOL.
P.S. This crag may be hard to find if you lack a basic sense of direction. Park at the concrete bridge past the falls
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Most of the routes stay dry in the rain so it's one of the better spots in the area to climb on rainy days. It's definitely a high quality and locally significant small crag. I really enjoyed the incredibly pumpy climbing there.
First off, thanks to Nathan Brown and Eric Singleton for making this place happen! If interested... Check out www.cedarrockguide.com for a copy of your "Cedar Rock and Satellite Crags", outlining 200+ climbs the Cathey's/ Cedar Rock area. The book covers all 7 faces of Cedar in full detail, Victory Wall, Cathey's Creek, Pilot Rock, Fish Bowl Crag, and an abridged John Rock. You can order online or message me for a $23 copy. Enjoy!
A relevant topic to this area which is apparently now being used for drytooling practice. I know the place has more than its fair share of choss, but there are a few worthwhile routes that deserve not to be ruined by this practice. I ask that those considering this to at least have enough imagination to create their own tool-friendly routes, and not destroy other people's hard work. Show some respect please!
I was able to find the falls after driving back & forth a bit, but the location of the crag was still a mystery & with the June foliage in full bloom and checking out a few dead ends it ended up being a waste of time. A few sentences of added details about the exact location of the crag would have really helped.
Having put up over 500 routes myself, I understand the work involved, but if you are going to post up a crag, at least give decent directions, or fair warning that a crag may be hard to find.
Tzilla: Regarding my post....countless others have found the crag just fine. The crag is directly above the falls, park at the bridge past the falls use some elementary orienteering and you'll be rewarded. Also, a simple phone call to Fox Mountain Guides would have saved you a lot of trouble and saved me from having to post on a forum, which I despise. The climbing at this crag is all at an expert traditional level, and I assumed someone capable of climbing here would be capable of finding it. Hope you find it and enjoy it, but dude... don't be a troll.
Not hardly a troll, just frustrated with trying to find what appeared from the description to be an easy to find crag. What exactly does "above" mean, up the hill on the north side of the valley, upstream, or uphill on the south side? Like I said, a few sentences about the exact location of the crag would really help. Something like X.X miles west of the intersection of Cathey's Creek Road and US 64 is a bridge across Cathey's Creek, park on the north side of the creek, a faint trail leads from ___ going ___, etc. (some details of the location relative to the falls or road or something). While it may all be plainly obvious during the winter when the leaves are gone, in the summer when the jungle is in full bloom, you could be 10 feet away from something and not see it. Despite my advanced age (climbed at Lookingglass in the 70s & did Peregrine 9 years before the FA), I still lead 5.12 and my teenage son leads 13, so I think we could climb the routes there. While it may be another 30 years before I make my way back there again, it would be a big favor to other visitors to add just a bit more details to the description for the crag location.