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.
Take a look for yourself on this excellent video produced by Adam Johnson and William Duncan:
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.
Set your GPS for 225 Big Rock Lake Road, Pickens, SC, the location of the new public access parking lot. The CCC funded part of the parking lot thanks to grants from REI. Follow the trail from the lot to the cliff and the boulders.
Only use the existing trail system, do not approach from the housing development below the cliff. Camping is not allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Please be respectful of local residents - keep a low profile in the parking lot, keep the noise down and drive slowly on the road.
Big Rock is covered in the Nine Times and Big Rock Outdoor Companion