Quick panorama of the largest boulders here. Guil...
Don't worry, it's not as ominous a place as the name would imply, but if you believe the story it has an ominous past. Murder Creek is a small bouldering area in Middle Ga. It's in the Cedar Creek WMA so there are no real access issues. It consists of a few boulders spread along the banks of the creek. It's actually a pretty nice little spot. There are some rapids there and some small falls and the creek is quite wide. The boulders are right down by the water. There are only a few routes and not much info out on the web. The tallest section, the Cave Wall probably goes about 18ft or so. It's not a destination but if you are in the area it's worth checking out and at least giving the Cave Wall a try. I don't have any FA info or climbing history but I imagine everything that is climbable has been climbed.
So how did it get the name? The story I found says basically that in the late 1700's a small party led by a Colonel where traveling to Pensacola. They encamped near the creek and it just so happened that a unsavory band consisting of (and I'm not making this up) three men nicknamed Man-Slayer, The Cat, and Bloodthirsty Bob by the local Creek indians were camping on the other side of the creek. Clearly choosing a good camp site is key to a great outing. In the middle of the night the three snuck over, killed the sleeping group and robbed them. When the whole thing became known they went out looking for the killers. They caught The Cat and brought him back to the site of the murder. There they supposedly hung him on a tree that still had blood stains from their previous act. And hence, as best as I can tell, is how the creek got named Murder Creek.
Murder Creek Boulders are just south of Eatonton GA and north of Gray, GA on hwy 129. If you are coming from Gray on 129 you will pass the intersection of hwy 212 from Monticello and shortly after that you cross Murder Creek. Shortly after crossing the creek a gravel/dirt road will come up on the left called Fred Whooten Rd. Take this road as far as you can. After heavy rain it can get pretty muddy. If the gate is open you can drive to a small parking lot that is directly above the boulders. If the gate is closed just find a pullout and walk the rest of the way to the parking lot. There are no access issues as long as you stay on the boulder side of the creek. The other side is private property. If you're hard core and don't mind all kinds of plants, bugs, snakes, and heat then you could anytime of the year. I'd advise late fall and winter.
Just got back from this area. Cleared some Poison Ivy from the Cave Wall and cleaned up some trash. Gate was open and parking lot was relatively clean. Anyone have any info of the juggy sharp area above the cave roof? We ran 2 un-named problems there, a V1-ish and a V2-ish that were wild but definitely PG-13 on the landing due to the muddy slope in front of the cave itself.
Thanks for cleaning up msm0711. I haven't been back to this area in a good while but I haven't found much info on established routes (there aren't many anyway). The area you are asking about has definitly been climbed before. I've talked to at least one party that has, I've seen chalk, and we've goofed around on it but never finished anything. There is a little info (barely) on rocklimbing.com on an area called Boulder Balls and a route called "I'm a Little Tea Pot". There's two pics of someone climbing the cave area and that could be the route. I'd say you're clear to put up the routes you climbed here on MP.com if you want to and if anyone has info maybe they'll speak up. I think though we are in the small minority of folks who have climbed at Murder Creek.
Thanks for the info! I went ahead and added the 2 routes we ran and enjoyed the most. Hopefully if someone else has named these elsewhere, they'll let us know! Not as awesome as Guilty as Charged, but worth a pump if you're there.