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Rocktown

Here, on the southernmost vestiges of the Cumberland Plateau, an area of large boulders has been exposed on the top of the broad ridge. Rocktown is the area of house sized boulders which shares the characteristics of Sandrock, Alabama. It is comprised of several acres of large sandstone boulders, averaging 30 - 40 feet high. The rock is unusually juggy, with tons of hand and foot holds, and some very unique formations. It is here that some of the best bouldering can be found. The very featured rock, long low roofs, and shear variety provide scores of challenges. Unlike Sandrock, this area remains in essentially pristine condition, unpolluted by the trash and graffiti of it's Alabama cousin. This is most likely due to the easy 1 mile hike in from the trailhead that discourages riffraff.

Rock Type: Sandstone


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(from points to the south) Take I-75 until north of Atlanta. About 1/2 way between Atlanta and Chattanooga watch for I-75 exit for Resacca, Lafayette, (HWY 136) - Turn L onto HWY 136 & cross over I-75. Go 6.5 miles to T intersection turn Right to stay on HWY 136. Go 14.3 miles (through Villanow & over mountain) to T intersection & turn Left to stay on HWY 136. Go 1.3 miles and turn Right to stay on HWY 136. (be careful this intersection will sneak up on you). Go 3.9 miles to HWY 27/136 (traffic light) - continue straight ahead to HWY 27 in the town of Lafayette, Georgia. Turn Left onto HWY 27/193 and go a short distance. HWY 193 north will turn Right. Go 2.7 miles on HWY 193 to Chamberlain Road and turn Left onto Chamberlain (Fina station on Right) Go 3.3 miles on Chamberlain Rd to Crockford-Pigeon Wildlife Area sign on Right - turn Right onto gravel road. Take this road approximately. 1.8 miles (as the road steepens it gets rougher, and goes up the Mt. via a series of switchbacks) Lost Wall Parking is just past the fourth switchback on the left. Continue past the Lost Wall pullout up the mountain. The road improves again once it levels off near the top of the mountain. When the road splits, take the Right fork (Rocky Road ) 1.3 miles further. Turn Left onto Rocktown Road (sign) dirt road 1/3 mile to 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. From the parking area, locate the Kiosk at the trailhead. It's an easy 1 mile hike into the climbs. When you start seeing the formations, you have arrived. Wander through the mazes of chasms and caverns, selecting climbs at your whim. You can scramble to the top of most any formation to rig top ropes if you so desire. If coming from the north (i.e. Trenton, GA or Chattanooga, TN), You can come across lookout mountain on 136. When you intersect 193, take it to the right. You will come to the Fina station at the right turn onto Chamberlain Rd after 10 minutes or so. This eliminates driving into and out of Lafayette, GA.

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Emergency Information: 911, you are in Walker County Walker County Emergency Service: 706-375-7810 Rangers here are trained in vertical rescue and cave techniques. Georgia Department of Natural Resources: 706-295-6041 Nearest medical treatment: Lafayette How to get to Lafayette: From the Trailhead, drive back to Rocky Lane, turn Right. Follow Rocky Lane across the top of the mountain until it intersects Rocktown Road. Turn Left to head down the mountain to exit the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain area. Follow to Chamberlain Road. Turn left onto Chamberlain, follow it to Main Road - Turn Right to go to Lafayette. Follow signs (H) to hospital.

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