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Horse Pens 40

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About Horse Pens 40:

Where else can friction grab up endless slabs, crimp out solid roofs, slap for that devious sloper, and finish the day with a cold one at the restaurant just yards from the boulders?

Horse Pens 40 was reopened by the Schultz family in 2002, after years of restricted access. Click here for an open letter from the new owners to climbers. They are ready to take your 3 bucks and let you boulder till your tips bleed.

This is easily the BEST boulderfield in the Southeast, with acres and acres of high quality boulders packed right next to each other. It is only a short drive from the interstate. There is a campground right next to the boulders. The boulders here are bullet-hard sandstone, shaped into unusual formations by wind and especially water (the infamous WATERGROOVE). Horse Pens 40 is the premier bouldering destination for the deep South.

Camping beta: the camping costs $8/night/person but that does include your climbing fee. You get some nice amenities including showers, flush toilets, and even electrical hookups. Plus you'll be camping only 30 feet from the boulders.

DOGS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED in HP40. Please respect the landowners and leave the pup at home.

Nearest town or city: Gadsden
Directions: Located 5 minutes from I-59 at the Ashville/Oneonta exit; or 15 minutes from Oneonta via Hwy 231. Click here for a downloadable guide with directions to the area.

NOTE: Although the largest town close to HP40 is Gadsden, HP40 is really located near the towns of Oneonta and Ashville
Latitude, Longitude: 33.92095, -86.30968
Access Issues: None whatsoever
Camping: Pay
When to Climb: Summer
Quantity of Climbs: Year


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  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Topo rwh111290 0 Apr 02 2010, 10:19 PM
With Replies off-days at hp 40 fly.priddy 6 Jan 20 2011, 4:42 AM
With Replies HP40 - High life area topos Valarc 4 May 20 2008, 5:16 AM
With Replies Lost Camelback at HP40 justroberto 1 Feb 05 2008, 4:39 PM
With Replies Top Roping? plvltr.205 2 Nov 13 2007, 3:57 AM
No Replies Hp 40 vertical_reality 0 Aug 02 2006, 11:46 AM
With Replies HP40 in july. too hot? rex_kwan_do 5 Apr 20 2006, 2:59 AM
With Replies Uniball jeapord 7 Feb 25 2008, 4:07 AM
With Replies Thanksgiving at HP40 iltripp 10 Nov 18 2005, 4:00 PM
With Replies How much is boulderween endlessfall 1 Oct 25 2005, 2:24 AM
With Replies HP-40 or Vicinity 01/16/05???? ericfrommichigan 2 Jan 16 2005, 1:54 AM
With Replies HP40 free camping? fredrogers 3 Aug 07 2007, 2:15 AM
With Replies HP40 in the wintertime iltripp 7 Dec 02 2004, 8:00 PM
With Replies Bloulder Grass herchelp 3 Mar 17 2004, 12:21 AM
With Replies How sweet is HP40? les 10 Apr 29 2005, 7:19 AM