With less than 30 known routes, Griffin Falls is not what you'd call a major climbing destination. But if you're camping at nearby Sand Rock anyway and want a little variety, this crag is definitely worth a visit. The climbing at Griffin's is mostly hard sport, but there are also a number of spicy trad lines, most notably the outstanding Knife Crack (5.9+).
Griffin Falls is just up the road from Sand Rock, near Collinsville. From Atlanta, take I-75 north toward Chattanooga and exit at Hwy. 411/20 (exit 290). Follow 411 toward Rome, bypassing that city; outside of Rome, turn right on Hwy. 53 (and 411). Continue through Cave Spring and Centre, AL to the town of Leesburg. Turn right on Hwy. 68 and follow this road past the turnoff for Sand Rock; continue on through Collinsville. After crossing under I-59, continue a few miles on 68 until you can see the cliffline ahead of you, then watch for a bridge over a creek at the bottom of a hill. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left onto a gravel road and follow it a short distance to a small bridge over a creek. Park in a pull-off on the right and follow the trail past graffiti-covered boulders up to the cliffline, where you'll see the waterfall. Continue right (under the waterfall) to the climbing area.
17 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Griffin Falls:
Whetstone 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Knife Crack 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Dead Letter Office 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Flapjack 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Grace Under Pressure 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Daydream Nation 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Just Right 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Second Cup 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Smashing Pumpkins 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Power Windows 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Steeplechase 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
High Horse 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Whorl 5.13c/d 8b 31 X E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Griffin Falls
Knife Crack 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a AL : Griffin Falls
Even if this was the only outstanding route at this little crag (and it isn't), Knife Crack alone would make a visit to Griffin's worthwhile. Finger crack climbing at its finest with plentiful protection; the only thing wrong with Knife Crack is that it's too short.Follow the jagged crack, using finger locks and foot jams, to a ledge with anchors below the roof. The crux is down low; things ease up some with better feet further up the crack....[more] Browse More Classics in AL
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