Grandmother Mountain Bouldering (Boone Bouldering Guide): The hidden gem of the High Country and one of the area’s premier bouldering locations year-round thanks to its cool high elevation climate is Grandmother Mountain. First tapped for its climbing potential in the mid- to late-1990s, the quartzite climbing area near Boone, N.C., is now host to more than 400 problems and some of the best stone in the entire Southeast. But the high quality problems are only part of the draw. The stunningly beautiful and cool sub-alpine forest is rife with natural wonders that make this a destination for more than just climbing.
Some of the primary bouldering areas include the Long Wall, the Arena, Bookshelf Boulder, Might Mouse Boulder and countless other satellite areas that make for endless exploration.
Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S for 16.9 miles to left on US 221. Head 3 miles to turn onto the Parkway. Head south 0.3 mile to left into the Grandmother Mountain Overlook at milepost 305.2. The trail to the Long Wall and the bouldering areas beyond leaves from the parking lot at a 45-degree angle heading to the North (toward the left when looking at the the parking area sign). (Click Here For Google Maps Directions)