About a 45-minute drive from downtown Chattanooga, Rocktown gives a little glimpse of solitude at the pinnacle of Pigeon Mountain. High on the crest, the boulders of Rocktown often get a good breeze, which is a very welcome thing during the humid southeastern summers. It's easy to become overwhelmed by all the four-stars and classics at a bouldering area like Rocktown, and rightfully so, as this area is one of the largest in the southeast with over 500 established boulder problems.
What Makes It Great
The proximity to Chattanooga while still having the feel of being in the middle of nowhere sure makes Rocktown a convenient choice for a full day of bouldering. Though Rocktown is often filled with climbers, it rarely feels crowded and offers much more solitude than other more condensed areas, like Stonefort.
Located about 30 miles from Chattanooga, Rocktown is mainly a fall and winter destination as temperatures are crisp, and friction beyond stellar. Expect to hike. Rocktown is made up of incredible boulder clusters spread out over a fairly large area. Park at the end of Rocktown Road, or, if it's busy, on the side of the dirt road leading up to it. From the parking area to the back area of Rocktown is about a 20-minute hike. Many people choose to break up the approach by warming up at the Orb area in the front, about 5-10 minutes from the car.
Stocking up on food and essentials prior to getting to Rocktown is also recommended. There is nothing on the mountain, so don't expect a clubhouse with ice cold beer. Pack in and pack out everything. Being in a rural area, Rocktown may be closed for hunting at times so be sure to check seasonal hunting closure dates.
Who is Going to Love It
Do you like climbing in Bishop, Joe's Valley, Font? You'll love it here.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There is a day pass fee to use the area but camping is free in designated areas, although a 14-day limit is enforced. Rocktown is on a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) under the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
If you are visiting either of these areas, you will need a Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP). For a 3-day pass it costs $3.50. An annual pass costs $19. The best deal is the group pass: pay $35 for one vehicle holding up to 8 people. To buy a pass or for more information visit Georgia Wildlife.
You might not see an official up on the mountain everyday, but please respect the rules and buy a pass. You don't want to be the one to ruin all the fun for everyone else.