Adventure In Sandrock, Alabama
Feeling like being adventurous? Skip the big cities and go into the wild. Sandrock has some incredible rock climbing and picturesque scenery. It’s worth the drive. Trust me.
Oh yes, the great outdoors. So many times we as road trippers gravitate to the big cities for our weekend adventures. Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta; yes these grand cities offer endless entertainment, but what about nature? Don’t get me wrong, we all know the metropolises of America are mandatory for any college student, but sometimes you yearn for something different. That difference very well could be money. It was for this very reason I ended up in Sandrock, Alabama one weekend, and it was awesome. Now I know what you’re thinking, what in the world is Sandrock? Well, it’s an area about two hours north of Birmingham and is one of the most picturesque rock climbing areas in the South East. This place will blow your mind, but not your pockets. So, if your adventurous side wants to be unleashed, go to Sandrock.
What to Expect:
Sandrock is an undeveloped park owned by the county. As such, there are no fees, but no facilities. There are tons of camp grounds, each of which will be filled a smorgasbord of people ranging from hardcore climbers, belligerent hillbillies, and chill hippies. This makes the overall scene super relaxed and friendly.
The climbing itself is spectacular. Sandrock is up on mountain and when you climb you can look out over a sweet river and lake. There are tons of climbs here so doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned rock climber or if you’ve never done it before, you will have a ton of fun. The best part is, all the rocks have sweet names so you’ll feel awesome when you conquer them. Some of my favourite names were “The Whipping Post” and “The Wall of Horns.”
What to Bring:
Like I said earlier, Sandrock is undeveloped, and by that I mean there is NOTHING there. Bring food, water, and your own entertainment. The nearest store is the town about half an hour away and it will inevitably disappoint you. Beyond that, you will be camping so bring what you need to be comfortable, but don’t be a sissy; this is about getting away from the city. Also, you probably want to bring some rock climbing gear, which I won’t go into great detail here, but if you want great advice check out: Southeast Climbers Coalition or Flatliners. Even if you or some of your friends aren’t into rock climbing, it’s still worth the trip. This place is beautiful, and as I mentioned before, there are a lot of interesting and friendly people to entertain you.
A word of Caution:
From what I’ve heard the cops don’t seem to have much to do around this area. This means that they do occasionally like come up into the camp sites and poke around. I didn’t see any while I was there but the locals tell me if you’re pretty laid and stroke their ego a bit the cops won’t really hassle you. Also, Sandrock is in a dry county so don’t plan on buying beer in town.
By Devin Page