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Shoal Creek Boulders

Dave on a nice arete at Shoal Creek

Steven Farmer works on a slab at Shoal Creek. Note Dave's "checking my stocks" spot.

Shoal Creek Boulders Information
Located south of Ashville, Alabama (near Horse Pens) in the ST. Clair Community Hunting Area (Wildlife Management Area). The Shoal Creek Boulders are described as a cross between Horse Pens and Rock Town. A nice long row of boulders strewn across a clear cut hill side. Late fall to early spring is the best time of year due to the aspect of the boulderfield. The area is located on Wildlife Management land and is public land. Be careful during hunting season (Hunting info posted below).

Suggested Tips for Bouldering at Shoal Creek: * Always be courteous and cooperative when dealing with any Wildlife Management officials * Respect the land * Pack out all trash (and any you see) from the crag. Help keep it clean. * Be aware of hunting season dates and all info pertaining to hunting.

Driving Directions:
From Ashville, Alabama drive south (towards Pell City and Interstate 59) approximately 7 miles up onto Shoal Creek Mountain. You will see boulders on your left and right in the clear cut fields. You will see a large gravel parking lot. Park her and secure all valuables. Download the aerial map and lat. long coordinates and have them with you. Walk south out of the parking lot on the dirt road and looking at aerial map, match up the old logging road that will take you to the boulders. You will turn right (west) on the logging road and in a few hundred yards you will cross over a stream with a beaver dam. Keep going. After about 700 yards, you will finally T into another gravel road. Look at your aerial map. This is the old dirt road that runs perpendicular to the boulder field. The boulder field is on the other side of the road. When you want to go to a new area... just walk along the ridgeline using your aerial map. A handheld GPS unit would be very helpful and a full map study of the aerial map and topozone will also help. Good Luck. You may be able to drive to the boulderfield if the road has been recently graded.

GPS Coordinates (numbers match map) of key areas: 1. Main parking lot. North 86 deg 28.644 min West 33 deg 73.670 min 2. Main Boulders North 86 deg 29.835 min West 33 deg 73.325 min Click here for Shoal Creek video by Deano on Modump click here for Shoal Creek aerial map: click here for Shoal Creek topo map: click here for St. Clair WMA map: SCC Crag - Minimal Impact Flier: ST. CLAIR COMMUNITY HUNTING AREA Located in St. Clair County near Pell City. 6,397 acres; big game and small game. PERMITS: A season permit is required for all hunting and is valid for all game species and seasons listed hereon. Season permits may be obtained locally at Anna''s Grocery, intersection of U.S. Hwy. 231 and U.S. Hwy. 411; K & N Service Station, intersection of U.S. Hwy. 231 and AL Hwy. 144; K-Mart in Pell City; Lucky''s Bait and Tackle on Main Street, Pell City, and from Conservation Enforcement Officers in St. Clair County. Permits will also be issued from the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri., or by writing to Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Office, 4101 AL Hwy. 21 North, Jacksonville, AL 36265 (enclose current hunting license number and self-addressed stamped envelope): Phone: 256-435-5422. Trapping permits must be obtained from Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Office. All deer and turkey killed on the area must be recorded on a ledger made available at Anna''s Grocery and at K & N Service Station.

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Published on: 2006-02-11 (10866 reads)
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