Climbing & Bouldering
The area surrounding McLemore is filled with nationally and international acclaimed climbing and bouldering locations. Perfect for the beginner as well as the expert climber, Lookout and Pigeon Mountains offer climbers of every ability a day of challenging fun and safe adventure.
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.
Zahnd Wilderness Area
Zahnd is another one of the great little bouldering areas (163-acres) that you will find along Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia. On a busy day when there are 50 cars in the parking lot at Rock Town, there may be one car at Zahnd. Yes the climbing is not as primo and the area is smaller than Rock Town, but there is more than enough sweet southern sandstone to keep your interest for a few days. Zahnd boasts many established classics in the V0-V10 range, as well as plenty of unsolved problems and projects, mostly in the moderate range.
The Lost Wall is a bluff line that follows the east side of Pigeon Mountain for several miles. It's popular with rock climbers, and a trail follows the cliffs, passing many climbing access points. Only 0.15 miles from the trail's beginning at Rocky Lane, Dickson Creek comes over the Lost Wall and forms a 70-foot waterfall. During wet periods, free-falling Dickson Falls is one of the best waterfalls in the northwest corner of Georgia. The best part about it is how easily one can get to it! This hidden jewel is great for the whole family.
Stretching along the western face of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga is Sunset Park, home of some of Tennessee's finest single-pitch trad climbing. Sunset has a long and interesting history, both for climbers and Civil War buffs. Lookout Mountain was an important vantage point for observation of troop movements during the siege of Chattanooga. Climbers began scaling the excellent sandstone back in the early 60s; Rusty's Crack, one of the earliest ascents, remains a classic.