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Rocktown Boulders (Chattanooga)

Rocktown (Lafayette, Pigeon Mountain)

Rocktown is a boulderfield located on top of Pigeon Mountain near Lafayette and the Georgia-Tennessee state line. It is internationally re-known for it’s high quality sandstone boulders. The camping is primitive near the ranger’s house at the bottom of the mountain. Check for seasonal closures due to managed hunts. Call the Armuchee Ranger District office for more information at (706) 638-1085. Please check all Georgia Wildlife Management Area rules prior to visiting. Notable problems include too many to list, but here are some classics: The Orb (V8), Turkish Resin (V6), The Vagina (V7), Digital Scales (V9), Big Bad Boulder (V8), Little Bad Boulder (V4), The Scoop (V3), Diamond in the Rough (V2), Brown Hole (V8), Croc Block, Tunnel Vision (V6), Splash Back (V6), and The Comet (V8).

Directions from Chattanooga: From Chattanooga take Broad Street south towards Lookout Mountain. Turn left onto Tennessee Avenue south which changes names to St. Elmo Ave. Continue south on St. Elmo Ave. crossing the Georgia State Line, at which point this road becomes GA Route 193. Continue on GA Route 193 south towards Lafayette for approximately twenty-four miles to the intersection of Chamberlain Road on the right and Uncle Jed’s Convenience Store on the left. Turn right onto Chamberlain Road and continue about three miles to the entrance to Crockford-Pegeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Turn right here onto Rocky Lane and keep speed down to 20 mph or you will be ticketed. Continue on Rocky Lane almost four miles through a series of switchbacks, past the Lost Wall pullout up the mountain. When the road splits, take the right turn following Rocky Road for 1.3 miles further. Turn left onto Rocktown Road (sign), a dirt road which leads 1/3 mile to the parking area. Trail head is at the right corner of the parking lot, next to the information kiosk. There is a flat trail leading 1 mile to the climbing area, although there are classic boulders strewn alongside the right side of the last 1/2 mile of trail.

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