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Buzzard's Roost

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.7 3 - - 3

Directions to Buzzard's Roost

This wall is in property owned by USFS. Be respectful.
From the parking area for Skybridge Ridge or Funk Rock City, continue south on KY 715 for about 1.4 miles until you reach an intersection near a hairpin turn with Sky Bridge Drive. Turn right onto Sky Bridge and follow for 0.6 miles to a parking area on the left. Follow the path a few hundred yards to the top of Buzzard's Roost which allows for a great view of the Lower and Middle Small Walls. To reach the base of the routes listed, hike down to the left before you reach the buttress.

Wall Sun: Unknown

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


Buzzard's Roost South Trad 5.7
2.00  (4) 100ft


TDK Trad 5.4
1.00  (1) 100ft


Buzard's Roost North Trad 5.8-
3.60  (5) 80ft


Ascentionist said on February 1st, 2006
GPS for overlook: 37.8171N, 83.5882W
anticlmber said on August 13th, 2008
where is the way down to the base? we ended up on a ledge system that was still way up from the base and all around just looked like drop-offs
kman154 said on August 18th, 2010
The approach to the base of this wall really blows. Just before you climb up to walk out on the top squeeze down the opening to the left where you can then go left on a trail of sorts toward a rock shelter. About 20 feet before the rock shelter is a washout on the right that dissappears through a hole in the rock. Climb through the hole which drops about 10 feet. Once you get through the hole you will see a really old piece of rope tied to a tree. Climb down the rope and then make your way back right toward the base. There is a really cool rock formation at the base. You will know it when you see it. I would probably rap dricetly down from the top the next time I climb these routes.
Jeff said on August 26th, 2010
If you head right after squeezing down that opening, there is a ramp with a rope too. It looked like the better/safer option to us at the time. Make sure to climb Buzzards Roost North to get back out!
Anonymous said on November 3rd, 2016
You can access these routes by rapping off a bolted anchor directly below the summit of the Buzzard's Roost North climb.