Located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, North Georgia is home to a wide variety of excellent—and often overlooked—crags. Whether you’re interested in clipping bolts, plugging trad gear, or bouldering with friends, you’re guaranteed to find a perfect spot within a two-hour drive of Atlanta. Here are some of the state’s best destinations for accessible, high-quality climbing.
Looking to practice your granite technique? Look no further than Currahee Mountain. About 90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, the mountain was historically the homeland of the Yuchi and Cherokee People. Today, the crag’s colorful graffiti makes it easy to forget that proud heritage, but looks can be deceiving.
Beneath the occasional spray of paint, you’ll find high-quality granite, unique features, and an even mix of sport and trad routes, several of which have easy top-rope access. The even better news? A growing cadre of local climbers have recognized Currahee’s value and have banded together to help tidy the place up. (Keep an eye out for upcoming cleanup events.) More info: seclimbers.org
Mount Yonah was historically the local mountaineering training ground for Army Rangers. It’s not hard to see why: The area is dominated by a proud granite dome reminiscent of North Carolina’s Stone Mountain. It’s covered with a mix of single-pitch sport and multi-pitch trad, providing a little something for everybody. And located less than a two-hours’ drive from the Atlanta area (on ancestral Yuchi and Cherokee Land), it’s not hard to get to, either. Bonus: The U.S. Forest Service doesn’t currently require any fees to park or climb at Yonah. More info: dixiecragger.com