There really isn't much of
passing interest near this sleepy town, Sandrock itself is very small. There
are a few natural areas, such as Yellow creek falls that add some beauty
to the otherwise bland landscape. Many visitors come for the fishing on
weiss lake and the Nascar seems to be big here. So the main reason for your
visit here will be for climbing.
Centre is the closest place for food and supplies. Complete with an Ingle's,
Piggly Wiggly, Kmart, fast foods, and restaurants. On the way to Cedar
Bluff there are a few more fast foods and restaurants. Gadsden is the
place for all types of food, and extra curricular activity.
There are a few motels in Leesburg and Centre, both are around 15 minuets
from the climbing area.
Camping is sketchy, but available right at the cliff. Generally people
use the pull offs and fire ringsalong the road, and parking lot. Keep
in mind that Sand Rock is quite isolated so the self-reliant ethic and
be prepared to be on you own if something happens. Reading John Sherman's
"Stone Crusade" page 269 for a good camping story. If there are others
are camping it isn't too bad really, you know what they say "safety in
numbers". There are now porta johns in the parking lot area, but still
NO WATER bearing facilities in this area so bring lots of water, and supplies
(shovel and TP). I would recommend bring extre toilet paper just in case
the porta toilets are out.
the nearest outfitter was in Gadsden, AL. A nice little store called "Outdoor
Supply Inc." Complete with clothing, camping and limited climbing equipment.
If you visit please tell them you heard about them from us.
If you have the time a cool place to see is the Yellow river falls, Itis
located on the drive between Ft. Payne and Centre. There is a nicely constructed
overlook and parking lot. You can go see the locals try to kill themselves
by jumping off the 60
foot cliff into the water below. It is strangely un-nerving that anyone
can walk out into the falls,
and sit right on the edge. One can only wonder how much of the gene pool
gets weeded out here every year?
Rumor is that the area code
has changed, it used to be 205, but is now 256
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