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.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathey's Creek Crag:
Either start directly under first bolt and lieback up to "the plank" or start slightly right and climb out good holds to first bolt. Make powerful moves then clip 2nd bolt and pull over right onto the to face/corner system. Stem up to large roof, exiting left to gear and jugs (the holds can be seepy here but it doesn't impact the difficulty too much). Get high stance to clip 3rd bolt out right. Pull awkward move around corner to a stance. Watch rope drag here. Stem and pull up and left past jugs...[more]Browse More Classics in NC
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!