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Climbing at Rocktown

Rocktown is a conglomeration of hundreds of sandstone erratic rock features scattered liberally through the forests on pigeon mountain, Ga.  With steep, small boulders perfect for hard bouldering to large, 40 foot vertical faces, Rocktown has features that keeps both advanced boulderers and beginner-intermediate climbers fully entertained.  One of the best features for beginning rock instruction are the varied terrain and amphitheatre teaching areas. 

A map can be found here.

Direction from the south and camping:

Roughly halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga, take the exit for Resaca (highway 136) by exiting right of the interstate and then turning left onto 136, crossing over I-75 in the process.

Travel between 6 and 7 miles to an intersection and turn right to stay on HWY 136.

Go 14 miles through the town of Villanow to a "T" intersection and take a left, staying on HWY 136.

Go 1.3 miles and turn right, staying on HWY 136.

Go about 4 miles miles to HWY 27/136 to a traffic light.  Continue driving straight, and this will take you to the town of Lafayette, Georgia (on Highway 27).

Turn Left onto HWY 27/193 and go a short distance (several blocks), then look for HWY 193 on the right.  Take the right onto 193 (west/north).  This will also be called West Main.

Go 2.7 miles on HWY 193/West Main to Chamberlain Road and turn Left onto Chamberlain (There is a gas station on the right).

Go 3.3 miles on Chamberlain Rd until you see a sign for Crockford-Pigeon Wildlife Area  on the right.  Take this turn onto the gravel road. Follow this road almost two miles up the mountain and through a series of switchbacks).   The road will flatten out at the top.

Continue driving, and when the road splits, take the right turn onto Rocky Road.  As you drive Rocky road, be looking for campsites (large well-used pullouts on the side of the road).  These pullouts are legal camping sites (bring your own water, and dispose of waste properly).  Travel Rocky Road for a little over a mile, and then . . .

Turn Left onto Rocktown Road (often a sign marks the turn) and drive about .3 miles to the parking area. Trailhead is @ the right corner of the parking lot, next to the information kiosk. There is a flat trail leading 1 mile to the climbing area.  You are now at the trailhead for Rocktown, which is also a popular camping area.

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Chattanooga, TN USA
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