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About Jamestown:

The Jamestown Climbing Preserve is comprised of nearly one mile of 80-100' tall sandstone climbing cliff located in northeastern Alabama.

Situated above the town of Jamestown, this area has a long history of climbing, dating back to 1977. The area was discovered by visiting climbers Rich Gottlieb and Chick Holtcamp, who were touring the Lookout Mountain area and climbing at nearby Yellow Creek. In time, Jack Chislet, Eric Zschiesche, John Vermont, Shannon Stegg, Gene Smith, Mark Cole, Rob Robinson and Chris Watford would all put up new routes on the sandstone cliffs called Jamestown. Today the area boasts many superb lines and a large concentration of 2 and 3 star routes.

Jamestown was closed to the public in 1993 after a dispute with a local landowner. The cliff sat relatively unused and almost forgotten until climbers revisited tax maps and contacted the owner about the possibility of leasing the area. Eventually, talks led to the possibility of purchasing the land and a survey of the cliff was quickly commissioned. The Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) www.seclimbers.org purchased the 3.14 acre tract (1,550 linear feet) on 5/3/05.

Suggested tips for climbing at Jamestown:

* The top of the Jamestown cliff is all private land. Do not top out on the wall for any reason.
* Please keep noise to a minimum and be respectful of homeowners on the cliff above.
* Do not climb on Alabama Power Company land. It is off limits. No exceptions.
* Jamestown is primarily a traditional climbing area. Please be respectful. Do not install a sport climb without the Preserve Managers' approval.
* Do not leave any valuables in your car.
* Pack out all trash (and any you see) from the crag. This is OUR crag. Help keep it clean.
* Check the kiosk at the start of the SCC property for the most up-to-date access info.

For nearest camping, check out DeSoto State Park.
Nearest town or city: Fort Payne
Directions: From Atlanta, head north on I-75 to the Rome exit (Hwy. 411/20, exit 290). Continue through Rome on GA 20 and into Alabama; about five miles past the border, turn right (north) on SR 35. Proceed on 35 past the intersection with Hwy. 68, then watch for the next major crossing, county roads 273 and 15 (you'll see a derelict gas station/convenience store at this corner).

Turn right on CR 15 and continue for about three miles. After passing a cemetery on the left, watch for a gravel turnoff on the left with a small street number sign (3147). Turn left here and follow this dirt/gravel road past an old stone dam on the left and through the woods until you reach a clearing for farm pasture on the left.

Look for a turnoff on the right and turn here, following the track through a pasture and back into the woods. Continue until this intersects with a well-defined farm road that follows the power lines. Turn left here and finish at a dirt parking area at the base of the power lines. Hike up the powerline trail and watch for flagging with surveyor's tape to indicate where the trail cuts left into the woods. Follow the flagged trail up to the cliff and turn left at the SCC kiosk.

NOTE: The old access trail from the top of the cliff is permanently closed. Do not use this trail or you'll be trespassing.
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Forum Discussions (2 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Jamestown Needs Your Help! saxfiend 0 Jun 24 2007, 6:01 AM
With Replies IMPORTANT NOTICE -- Jamestown Access Restricted saxfiend 2 Apr 08 2007, 12:40 PM