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Rock Climbing

Are you up for it?

Simply put, Transylvania County offers some of the best climbing in the Southeast. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced climber, this is the ideal place to harness up. Looking Glass Rock, one of the largest monoliths in North America, is famous among climbing enthusiasts and receives regular coverage in national magazines. It’s massive granite face offers two- to eight-stage climbs of up to 600 feet, including such trippy routes as “Psychedelic Delusions of the Digital Man” and “Invisible Airways.”

Another great spot that’s less heavily trafficked is Cedar Rock in Pisgah National Forest (not Dupont), which offers one- to three-pitch climbs of up to 400 feet. Difficulty ratings on both faces range from 5.4 to 5.13.

If you want to arrange guide service and instruction, buy or rent equipment, or just get pointed in the right direction, there are several local outfitters listed here who will be happy to help: