Climb and Chill at Allenbrook

Allenbrook Trailhead

This is kind of a hidden gem for first-daters, climbers, and mid-day contemplators.

You’re going to be really surprised you’re still in Roswell, or in the Atlanta area at all. When you get out of your car and start walking down the wooden stairs at the start of the trail, the busy sounds of the rushing cars on Atlanta Street fade away into the wind flowing through the Tulip Poplar trees. You look up, and there’s color - everywhere. You immediately feel isolated from the rest of the city, and feel like you’re able to breathe. When the stairs run out, you’re on the top of a beautiful 50-ft sandstone rock, overlooking Vickery Creek.

Its a fantastic spot for the mini-adventure date, (and an insta-friendly one). If you can hold hands and earn your way to the creek from the mini hike around the cliff, walking across the cool, shallow water serves as a great , handing-holding, stumbly, laughy, romantic moment op.

There’s 10-12 climbing routes for beginners as well as some pretty advanced stuff. (5.6 - 5.12a) Its a great place to really learn the sport, refine technique, and take a group of folks from different skill-ranges. There used to be bolted anchors at the top of the cliff here that are now clipped. Most folks anchor to trees at the top, backed up with trad gear and top rope. On the overhanging face, which contains “Rumors Roof” (5.10b), falling on top rope is a blast with a huge swing out towards the creek.

Its a great place for photographers to be able to just walk into, and be creatively inspired, and shoot some beauty, especially in the fall. Most of the area is shaded and provided with some gorgeous glowing natural light that shifts all throughout the day. You can shoot into the sun through the trees, with gorgeous sandstone rock in the backdrop, or wait on the overcast day, to shoot in the middle of the creek for high contrast with the darker shadows in the shaded areas.

Along the creek, lies Vickery Creek trail, winding from Roswell Mill, almost to the Chattahoochie. Allenbrook is located on Atlanta Street in Roswell, right off of the Chattahoochee just across the Street from Avia Riverside, just before Land of a Thousand Hills coffee shop. 

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Climbing gear (ropes, chalk, harness, etc.)
  • Camera
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Didn't hike the trails but I did go climbing which was a blast.


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