Land Manager: Naturaland Trust
Area Rep: Brad Caldwell [email protected]
Located near Pickens, SC Big Rock is the only significant cliff open year-round in SC. Through a partnership with Naturaland Trust we were able to officially open this wonderful place to climbers. Big Rock faces south and is primarily a Spring/Fall/Winter destination. There are around 40 routes and several hundred boulder problems spread out across the pinnacles and boulderfields, all overlooking upstate SC. Currently, access is via a 1.5 mostly uphill approach, but a new parking lot and shorter approach are in the works.
Take a look for yourself on this excellent video produced by Adam Johnson and William Duncan: https://vimeo.com/207048710
What to expect
Accessible top rope and lead routes at a variety of grades, with a mix of sport, trad and mixed climbs on coarse grained rock. Mostly slab climbing with some steeper faces and some really nice crack climbs. Most routes are 80 feet or less, with some 2 pitch routes in order to gain access to parts of the cliff.
Directions: Drive west on SC highway 11; pass the junction with highway 128 and go 4.7 miles; then turn left onto the second Eastatoee Creek Road (avoid the first left turn which loops back to highway 11). Drive 0.5 miles, past Antioch Baptist Church on the right and turn right onto E. Preston McDaniel Road. Go a little less than 2 miles to the gravel parking area on the right, just before the intersection with Nine Times Road.
Approach: Cross E. Preston McDaniel Rd. and follow the red-gated gravel/dirt road (do not cross the powerlines into the clearcut) for 1.25 miles until it ends in another dirt road. Turn right. Hike 0.1 mile uphill until another road, keep right until you see the cliffs. More information can be found in the Nine Times and Big Rock Outdoor Companion.
Only use the existing trail system, do not approach from the housing development below the cliff. Camping is not allowed.
Big Rock is covered in the Nine Times and Big Rock Outdoor Companion