Climbing in Charlotte, NC
About Charlotte Climbing
While much of the outdoor rock climbing in North Carolina takes place in the western reaches of the state, that doesn’t mean there aren’t several diverse and challenging routes closer to Charlotte. Thanks to a well-run indoor gym, a world-class outdoor adventure center, and several natural features, the Queen City has plenty to offer all types of climbers.
Inner Peaks has been the premier indoor rock climbing center in Charlotte since 1998. Their 13,000 square feet of climbing terrain challenge children’s teams and experts. The 46-foot spire at the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers a range of top-rope and boulder problems.
Just 30 minutes west of uptown Charlotte, Crowders Mountain State Park is the preferred training ground for many Charlotte athletes. The one mile Backside Trail from the Linwood parking lot allows a steep but short access to the quartzite crags of Crowders Mountain.
The centerpiece of Stone Mountain State Park is a 600 foot granite edifice, which seems to explode out of the surrounding terrain. The Great Arch, a 400-foot trad climb, is one of the most photographed routes in the area.
A 600-foot dome of granite bursting from the surrounding countryside is the realization of a friction climbers dream come true.
Home to the best trad climbing in the Carolina Piedmont, Moore’s Wall is a 300 foot face of quartzite that attracts climbers from all over the state and region.
The climbing at Crowders Mountain State Park is widely regarded as some of the best in the Central Piedmont.
The only full scale climbing center in, or near Charlotte. The 13,000 sq ft space at Inner Peaks holds 50 climbing stations.
Stone Mountain State Park features a 600-foot tall granite boulder that is a climber's dream come true.
The outdoor climbing center at the USNWC holds 50 roped climbs on walls reaching up to 50 feet.
Winter beautifully transforms North Carolina’s wild spaces into a playground for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
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Five unique hikes that will take you through groves of giant cypress, through dense hardwood forests, along the shores of glistening lakes, and to the top of an iconic Carolina peak—no experience required.
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