McKinney Gap Boulders at Bald Mt Creek Preserve


Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL) has preserved 750 wonderful acres at their Bald Mountain Creek Preserve near Burnsville, NC. IF YOU BELIEVE IN FREE PUBLIC CLIMBING ACCESS, PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING THE CCC AS AN ANNUAL MEMBER! 

Land Managers: STPAL has been amazing to work with as partners in outdoor recreation. STPAL land holds several boulders and STPAL is excited to have the CCC as partners to provide access to the outdoor recreation assets of the preserved land (AKA boulders).  Check out this great article, written by STPAL. Support them if you can or drop them a line saying 'thank you for supporting climbing access!'. 

McKinnney Gap Boulders Beta at Bald Mountain Creek Preserve: 30 minutes north of Asheville. 100+ boulder problems. There is not a guide at this time. This is the first of a hopeful three total bouldering areas we will work to open to the public. In partnership with STPAL, we built a new parking lot at McKinney Gap in 2021. Our C4 Trail Team has built a one mile loop trail and we are trying to raise funds to build more trail. Volunteer days are happening weekly through summer to fall 2021. Please consider donating to our C4 team to help build this great climbing resource!

Directions: Don't trust GPS. Click here for a google map link. Take Hwy 19 near Burnsville. Turn up Scronce Creek road off of Hwy 19, following signs towards the Buck House Inn. IN 4 miles, Scronce Creek Rd becomes Bald Mountain Creek Rd at McKinney Gap. There is a road sign for McKinney Gap, and parking for the McKinney Gap Boulders is about 200 yards further than this sign. The parking is at a hairpin turn and has room for 8+ cars. 

Approach: After 100 feet, the trail forks right or left. This is the start of the 'upper loop', which is a `1 mile loop trail that our C4 Trail team has constructed and is complete as of 2021. Boulders are on the trail and some spur trails lead to side boulders. We also hope to complete a lower loop to access more boulders. Please consider donating to our C4 team to help build this great climbing resource!

Video: Thank you Snake Owl Productions. Click here for a McKinney Gap climbing video. 

Camping/ lodging nearby in Erwin, TN: https://usaraft.com/lodging/

Area Rep: Shannon Millsaps, smillsaps@carolinaclimbers.org