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The Playground

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.9 2 - 10 12

Directions to The Playground

This wall is in property owned by RRGCC. Be respectful.
Drive 12.4 miles south on KY 11 from Miguel's toward Beattyville. Turn right on KY 498 and follow for 1.2 miles to Bald Fork Road. Take a sharp right onto Bald Fork Road and follow it as it curves left toward a house. Do not turn right at the first fork. After 0.3 miles the road turns to gravel and heads down a steep hill to a clearing at the bottom (0.8 miles from the beginning of Bald Fork Road). Park on your right in the Motherlode parking area or continue by turning right on the first gravel road .3 miles past the Motherlode parking area. There is a “Sore Heel Parking,” sign located at the turn off pointing the way. Follow the gravel road up the hill past a row of large bright blue storage tanks, make a sharp right-hand turn (.2 mile after turn off), follow the main gravel road for another ½ mile before following the road down a short hill to the new parking area at the bottom of the hill on the right. Look for new trailhead signs pointing to the climbing areas along a (freshly cleared) dirt road leading up a hill from the parking area The first route encountered on this wall is Red Rover.

Wall Sun: All day

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


Red Rover Sport 5.11b
2.68  (34) 0ft  


Steal the Bacon Sport 5.11a
2.66  (50) 65ft


Chickenhawk Trad 5.10d
2.17  (6) 45ft


Jungle Gym Sport 5.10b
3.05  (92) 50ft


Monkey Bars Sport 5.10a
3.64  (152) 50ft


Capture the Flag Sport 5.11b
3.75  (85) 50ft


Crack the Whip Sport 5.11d
3.71  (80) 0ft


Octopus Tag Trad 5.7
3.68  (50) 0ft


Balance Beam Sport 5.11a
4.11  (85) 65ft


Teeter Totter Sport 5.11c
4.24  (33) 0ft


Slide Sport 5.9
3.18  (90) 65ft


Tire Swing Sport 5.10a
3.39  (75) 0ft  


Wes said on June 28th, 2005
Gets good shade along most of the wall in the early afternoon.
SCIN said on November 25th, 2006
Parking Area GPS Coordinates: Latitude 37.65139, Longitude 83.71667
sgauss said on September 8th, 2009
Trying out my new gps... Playground itself is 37.65342, 83.71482
mbuntaine said on May 5th, 2010
There are some very cool moderate routes to the left of the area covered in the guide. What are these? The ~10a in the middle is especially good and got a "favorite route of the trip" nod from one person in our party.
pawilkes said on September 13th, 2010
the routes on the far left are list as part of Left Field. The middle one is "Through Time and Space" and is a stellar route, one of the best of its grade in the red. The others aren't worth the effort