Climbing in Asheville, NC
About Asheville Climbing
There will never be enough chalk to prepare you for the abundance of climbing and bouldering in Western North Carolina. Looking Glass in Pisgah National Forest is the quintessential climbing destination in the Southeast. This granite dome features multi-pitch trad routes with huge exposure, including The Nose, a four-pitch classic.
Also in Pisgah, the more secluded John Rock offers mellow slab routes (and the occasional 5.12!) with equally stunning views.
The adventure seeker will find trad, top rope, multi pitch, and even bouldering on the low angle quartzite of the revered Linville Gorge. Boulderers from across the country travel to Rumbling Bald, just 25 miles outside of Asheville, to tick off a few of the 882 documented problems and even tackle some first ascents. On a rainy day, Climbmax indoor rock gym is a popular spot to train, climb, and socialize.
Organizations: Carolina Climbers’ Association
Rumbling Bald is one of the biggest and best bouldering destinations in the southeast, if not the country, offering at least 882 documented problems with plenty more unofficial routes.
Chimney Rock State Park, in Hickory Nut Gap Gorge, is a favorite North Carolina outdoor destination with excellent family hiking, beginner to advanced climbing, and peerless views of the surrounding area.
Come fly high above the gnarly Green River Gorge on a string of 11, famously fast zip-lines and 3 huge rappels!
The Linville Gorge has got everything you could ever want in a wilderness area: quality climbing, hiking, and trail running as well as stunning beauty.
A refreshing rappel, under the careful guidance of Green River Adventures, down 200' Bradley Falls!
Some of the closest bouldering to Asheville, Corner Rock is a large, overhanging formation with plenty of great problems, and it was even used in the film, The Last of the Mohicans.
Come solo, or gather your crew, and come for the best adventure in downtown; "climb on" at Climbmax!
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