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Location: 35.6604, -91.7539 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mike Dicken on Apr 17, 2009
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Beautiful sport crag with some great trad just a few minutes from Batesville. There is approx. 80+ routes well bolted on fantastic Arkansas sandstone.

This property is now privately owned by the Christopher brothers of Cave City, AR. The Crag is finally in control of climbers! Help keep it that way. Leave no trace!

For questions or issues please contact them: 870-613-4662 or

Getting There 

From Hwy 167 south of Batesville take Hwy 230 (Camp Tahkoda Road) west for about 3-4 miles and turn right at the Little Red Store. Hwy 230 becomes Locust Grove Road at this point. Drive for 3-5 miles and turn left onto Jamestown Loop. From Jamestown Loop This road will start uphill after a short distance. Once you reach the top of the hill, pass the radio tower on your right then a water tower on your left. As the road starts to go slightly downhill, it turns to gravel.

At this point there is a gravel turnout on your right, turn in here and follow the trail on the right. The trail is about 2 miles long. The "road" is washed out and very rough. If it has rained recently, expect lots of mud. You will come upon an orange gate. If the gate is closed park here BUT DON'T BLOCK THE GATE. If the gate is open continue in. There will be two logging roads leading to the right DON'T drive down those. The road will come to a Y shortly after, veer right and continue to the parking area. Your vehicle stays here. Anyone caught driving past the gate will be asked to leave.

3 ways to get down the bluffs:

1. Dog Walk/Walk Down : Puts you near the Game Wall. Easiest way to get down. Come down the hill till you hit the bluffs. . Follow this trail for a ways, 100 yds maybe, till you see a cairn stacked to the left of the trail and the brown official looking hiking sign. Both are easy to miss. Turn towards the bluff and you should see a relatively easy way to get down. This can be pretty slippery when wet.

2. Exodus Route/Rappelling : Puts you in the Amateur Wall. When first hitting the bluffs, follow the trail to the right for 10-15 feet. Turn towards the bluffs and find an easy looking route to climb down with anchors only. There is a tree above it that we still use for easier rapping. You can rappel here, or just solo downclimb. Please be safe.

3. Climb Down : Puts you at the end of the Disaster Wall. When you first hit the bluffs, turn left and follow the 4x4 trail through a few puddles. The trail will at one point cross a large, flat, short rock. This is your cue to start looking to your right for a cairn and a small trail towards the bluff. You will find a fourth class climb down with webbing. After climbing down, continue back along the bluff line to see the end of the Disaster Wall.

46 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Jamestown Crag:
Pee Green   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Amateur Route Area
Don't Stretch It   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Natural Disaster Area
Mike Tysonís Ear Binge   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Natural Disaster Area
Wet Dreams   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Amateur Route Area
Delusions of Grandeur   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Amateur Route Area
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Brent Walker on Mike Tysons Ear Binge

Mike Tysonís Ear Binge 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  AR : Jamestown Crag : Natural Disaster Area
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By Kyle Christopher
From: Batesville
Sep 19, 2013

Jamestown Crag is now offically owned by climbers.

The Nomads made up of the three Christopher Brothers have purchased the Jamestown Crag. The climbing area was never under the rule of the WMA but actually owned by a neighboring paper company. The area was under the threat of being closed. The Nomads have stepped in to secure the property for climbers.

Trail work, campsite development and route development have been under the way for the past several months.

Find the Nomads on facebook or contact them at, 870-613-4662. Don't forget about the competition Novemeber 2nd.

By samtoine
Sep 27, 2013

Where is the best place to camp near here?

By Kyle Christopher
From: Batesville
Oct 1, 2013

Camping for climbers is best along the bluff line or below. Within the next month there will be clear camping locations.

By Matt McIntosh
Dec 24, 2013

So what's the deal with the massive amounts of burn/clear zones on the drive in?

By Kyle Christopher
From: Batesville
Jan 2, 2014

The clearing is done by our neighbor paper company. We have no control of that. They are however a very responsible company that will replant and the landscape will return to wilderness. Road conditions will improve in the spring. If you have any other issues feel free to contact me directly. 870-613-4662

By Kyle Christopher
From: Batesville
Apr 3, 2014

Spring Update:
The gate leading to Jamestown is now closed. The gate will be open most weekends but if you visit when the gate is closed please park there but do not BLOCK THE GATE! Also do not drive around the gate just because you can. That will earn you a ticket from the game warden.