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Zahnd Natural Area, GA


The historic Zahnd parking area is open again. Directions to the parking area are as follow: on Ga. 157 4.4 miles north of Dougherty Gap Road. The new parking lot is on the west side of highway. The lot can hold approximately ten cars and the trail leads directly into the woods from the lot and quickly connects with the original trail.

History and Access Information:

Zahnd is another one of the great little bouldering areas (163-acres) that you will find along Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia. On a busy day when there are 50 cars in the parking lot at Rocktown, there may be one car at Zahnd. Yes the climbing is not as primo and the area is smaller than Rocktown, but there is more than enough sweet southern sandstone to keep your interest for a few days.

Zahnd is characterized by grey rock with neat features and texture. A good portion of the crag has conglomerate pebble so it is not as friendly as Horsepens and Rocktown but is still worthy of a visit. A short 5 minute walk from the parking pull off puts you in a small warmup area and the start of the small cliffline. A few hundred feet from the warmup area; go right on a trail and head downhill. It will take you to a cluster of large and small boulders centered around the Phantom Boulder. You will know this boulder as it is small at the bottom and fans out wildly in all directions. There are several hard problems to include Harvest Moon. Back at the warmup area, Trend left and walk along the cliffline a few hundred feet the first toprope area. The cliff stops for a few hundred feet but starts again further down...check it out and explore. Walk down the hill from the first toprope area, trending left and you will find a cluster of boulders with many problems and a tall slab finger called The Sail.

There are many more boulders further down the cliffline and down in the forest below the cliff and don't forget the cliffline portion that faces into the valley, it has some cool problems too. If you have a little time, take a hike and see what you can find. Zahnd is a very beautiful and quiet area and if your tire of the packed crowds at Horsepens and Rocktown, this area may be just right for you. Explore and enjoy.

General Regulations:

1. You must have a Georgia Department of Natural Resources, GDNR, Outdoor Recreational Pass to climb or hike at Zahnd at any time. An individual pass costs $3.50 for three days or $19 for an annual pass. Buy passes at the Georgia DNR website and keep them on you at all times. Click this link to purchase a pass.
2. No camping at Zahnd. Rocktown, down the road, has camping.
3. Dogs must be on leashes at all times.

Climbing Regulations:

1. NO BOLTING. To install fixed anchors or protection, you must get a permit from the Georgia DNR.

    Leave No Trace:

  • Keep this area beautiful and clean. Clean up after yourselves, your peers, and your pets. Lead by example and pick it up on the first pass.

  • Please read our crag minimal impact flier

SCC Area Representative:
Brad Holroyd - wickedsloper@yahoo.com

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Published on: 2014-03-05 (5417 reads)
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