If you felt the need to climb a rock, and didn't feel like driving to North Georgia or Tennessee, BOAT ROCK
on the city's west side off Fulton Industrial Boulevard was the destination for Atlanta's bouldering community. But as developers started throwing up subdivisions and razing the forest, the mile-long stretch of boulders -- some as high as 15 feet -- was in danger. Enter the Southeastern Climbers' Coalition. In June 2002, they scrounged up donations from 500 members to purchase a 7.8-acre parcel at Boat Rock for $100,000. In just 18 months, they raised half that amount to pay off the note. The result? An island of hickories, white oaks and, of course, boulders just 15 minutes from downtown. The climbers hope to expand the area to 40 acres.
1220 Boat Rock Road. www.seclimbers.org. From downtown, take I-20 west to exit 49 for Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Take a left under the bridge. Stay on Fulton Industrial Boulevard for four-and-a-half miles. Take a left onto Boat Road. After 1.1 miles, take a right onto the small road across from the Summit at Cascade subdivision. There's a seven-car gravel parking lot.