Blowing Rock Boulders
Carrboro/University Lake boulders
Cathey's Creek Crag
Dixon School Boulders
Lettered Rock Ridge
Looking Glass Rock
Raleigh area climbing
Rocky Knob Park
You could probably make a strong case for North Carolina as the home of the best rock climbing in the south. No other southern state has the variety or sheer volume hosted here. From the multi-pitch quartzite of Linville Gorge, to the eyebrows and hard aid of Looking Glass, to the exposed granite scarefests of Cashiers Valley, North Carolina has it all.
The climbing in North Carolina is spread across the state and divided into several distinct regions. From the tobacco fields of the Piedmont to the dramatic gorges in the High Country to the granite walls of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains; if you are west of Raleigh you are probably close to amazing climbing. See individual areas for directions.
The USFS temporarily closes many areas in North Carolina for Peregrine Falcon nesting. The Carolina Climbers Coalition does a great job of keeping their site up to date regarding closures.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Carolina:
Titties & Beer (aka "World's Hardest 5.8") 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 500' Looking Glass Rock : Sun Wall
Original Route (aka Gom Jabber) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R Trad, 10 pitches, 800' Whiteside Mountain : Southeast Face
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Oasis 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c NC : Laurel Knob
P1: Start in the obvious left-facing corner/ramp. Climb the corner until it gets steep. Make moves around to the right onto the face and then to a bolted belay above. 5.8+Alt. Start 1: From the base of the corner, slab directly out right, then straight up over seams for gear and high quality 8+/9- slab.Alt. Start 2: The Spermtail Start: From the ground below and 100' right of the corner, climb directly up through the obvious bulge/groove/crack, joining the normal P1 at the belay. 5.11+ or A0.P2:...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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