The Best Rock Climbing in Alabama

Looking for the best rock climbing in Alabama? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Alabama. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top rock climbing spots in and near Alabama

  • Fort Payne, Alabama

    Swim at Little Falls (Martha's Falls)

    4.5
    1.5 mi
    Little Falls, also referred to as Martha Falls  and the “Hippie Hole” by the locals, is a popular swimming hole a part of Little River Canyon National Preserve, located along the state line of Alabama and Georgia. Perks include free parking and free admission. Drive up Lookout Mountain and pull i...
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  • Leesburg, Alabama

    Camp at Sand Rock

    5.0
    1 mi / -100 ft gain
    We camped in a rooftop tent, but many people used traditional tents and hammocks. After purchasing a camping permit, drive right up to your campsite. There are three general camping areas.First is the more exposed (to the often strong winds) campsites along the tops of the cliffs that are closest...
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  • Leesburg, Alabama

    Climb Sand Rock

    4.5
    Sand Rock is a unique set of rock outcropping that erupts from Shinbone Ridge overlooking scenic Lake Weiss. The climbable rock runs for about a quarter of a mile along the ridge and is a maze of trails, small caves and literally wall-to-wall climbing.You can find just about any climb to satisfy...
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  • Hoover, Alabama

    Exploring Moss Rock Preserve

    5.0
    0.5 mi / 164 ft gain
    Home to one of the largest boulder fields in Southeast, Moss Rock Preserve provides adventure for all types of explorers. Nestled in the rocky, rolling hills of Birmingham, at the end of the Appalachian Mountains, Moss Rock is aptly named after the behemoth boulders littered throughout its charmi...
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  • Jacksons' Gap, Alabama

    Hike to the Smith Mountain Fire Tower (Lake Martin)

    4.3
    0.8 mi / 215 ft gain
    The Smith Mountain Fire Tower is the perfect location to get a glimpse of the vastness of one of the largest man made lakes in the United States. From the parking lot, the stroll up to the base of the fire tower follows a steep pathway for about a half mile. The hike is very easy to follow and th...
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  • Birmingham, Alabama

    Bouldering at Moss Rock Preserve

    5.0
    1 mi / -50 ft gain
    Moss Rock has abundant parking, and easy access to all climbing areas. There is no fee for use or facilities, however there are several small local restaurants and often times a food truck within walking distance of the parking lot.There are two major bouldering areas as well as hiking trails and...
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  • Steele, Alabama

    Bouldering Horse Pens 40

    4.0
    1 mi
    Horse Pens 40 is a very well known place for bouldering throughout Alabama. The parking and location arepretty well-marked with signs as you get closer to arriving. Once you arrive and park at Horse Pens, you need to go inside the store to fill out a waiver and pay $6.50 to climb. The bouldering ...
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  • Oneonta, Alabama

    Climb at Palisades Park

    Palisades Park is a great place for beginners and advanced climbers. Following the pin, the crag is easily accessible from the parking lot. A short walk from the parking lot leads you straight to the cliff edge where you will find 60-70 foot cliffs to rappel/climb. Palisades requires you have a p...
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  • Woodville, Alabama

    Rappel Through the Keyhole at Stephen's Gap

    5.0
    Stephen's Gap is a 150 foot cave in North Alabama protected by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy. It is important note that a free permit is required to visit Stephen's Gap. Directions, parking instructions, and safety tips are distributed after your permit request is granted, but the Google addr...
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  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    Boulder at Hurricane Creek Park

    Hurricane Creek Park in Tuscaloosa, Alabama hosts a field of climbable boulders within it's forest. From the parking lot, follow the trail that stems from the cul-de-sac for approximately 1/10 mile. You will encounter the first cluster of boulders on your right. There are several beginner routes ...
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  • Dadeville, Alabama

    Hike the Deadening Alpine Trail

    3.6 mi / 580 ft gain
    The Deadening Alpine Trail, that name just reeks of adventure. It is about half way between Birmingham to the north, and Montgomery to the south, (The Deadening Alpine Trailhead, 354 Long Branch Dr. Dadeville, AL 36853). It runs through an isolated area on Lake Martin, which is a popular playgrou...
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  • Fort Payne, Alabama

    Little River Canyon

    1.33 mi / 180 ft gain
    Little River Canyon is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Fort Payne, Alabama.
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  • Guntersville, Alabama

    King's Chapel-Tom Bevill Loop

    4.71 mi / 712 ft gain
    King's Chapel-Tom Bevill Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Guntersville, Alabama.
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  • Crossville, Alabama

    Griffin Falls Trail

    0.28 mi / 180 ft gain
    Griffin Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Collinsville, Alabama.
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  • Rosa, Alabama

    Palisades Park Nature Trail

    1.47 mi / 230 ft gain
    Palisades Park Nature Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Oneonta, Alabama.
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  • Falkville, Alabama

    Hurricane Creek Park Loop

    1.99 mi / 564 ft gain
    Hurricane Creek Park Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Vinemont, Alabama.
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