By Scott Baker
Since the 1980s, rock climbers and mountaineers from all over the world have flocked to Cherokee Rock Village to practice and perfect their climbing skills. Hollywood even took notice and filmed scenes at the park, which is in Cherokee County near Leesburg, for the 2006 film “Failure to Launch,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker.
“Cherokee Rock Village offers such a special experience for people because many climbers experience outdoor climbing there for the very first time,” says Meagan Evans, executive director of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition. “Hundreds of routes offer a variety of sport and traditional climbing, and bouldering for everyone from beginners to advanced climbers.”
On a recent weekday afternoon, families were cooking out at one of several picnic tables along the ridgeline, and a few backpackers had set up camp overlooking Weiss Lake in the valley below. The park has more than 100 primitive campsites and 15 RV hookups for overnight camping.
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