Rock Climbing & Rappelling

The Great Smoky Mountains offers many opportunities for rock climbing and rappelling. The Great Smokies is truly a paradise for the outdoor adventurer. Here in the oldest mountains in the world, outdoor enthusiasts revel on endless trails in our national forest, national park and wilderness areas.

The Nantahala National Forest lies in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina between Waynesville and Murphy. Elevations in the NNF range from a high of 5,800 feet at Lone Bald in Jackson County to a low of 1,200 feet along the Tusquittee River in Cherokee County. Check out Whiteside Mountain, named for its sheer, white cliffs. This mountain rises more than 2,100 feet above the Nantahala National Forest. A national recreation trail, making a 2-mile loop, winds to the 4,930-foot summit.

Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

Listing for Outdoor Recreation in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School offers Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing trips tailoring to individuals, families, groups, beginners and climbing skills courses for experienced climbers seeking to expand their skills and knowledge. We also offer climbing Instructor training and certifications in North Carolina through the AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Program.

Mountain Adventure Guides

Our experienced staff lead guided rock climbing trips for ages 8+ every day. Weather permitting, we often guide year around in the Western North Carolina Mountains, near Asheville and Brevard. No experience is necessary. Quality instruction will give you confidence to experience challenging climbs appropriate for your ability in awesome mountains. Both "top rope" and "multi-pitch" climbing is available. We have routes for all ability levels. Are you a beginner? We'll start on easy, short routes. If you are experienced, very fit or climb regularly in a gym, we will take you to harder routes to start with. As your experience and confidence grows, we can add more complex or multi-pitch routes. You provide appropriate clothing for an active day in the mountains, day pack, plenty of water, lunch, snacks and transportation to the climbing area. We provide a skilled, professional guide and all technical gear, including harness, helmet and climbing shoes. Guide gratuity for exceptional client service is not included.