3 Top-Shelf Asheville Climbing Centers that Bring the Rock

Western North Carolina is an amazing place to live! From our Blue Ridge Mountains’ majesty to our fruited valley farmlands, we experience a stunning slice of Americana right here at home. Even through the winter months, many local communities stay relatively mild and outdoor sports abound. But don’t mistake—it can get quite chilly in these hills.

On days where it’s too brisk to wander far into the forest, outdoors junkies can venture indoors to get their climbing fix. Here are the top indoor rock climbing centers in Asheville, NC.

3 Top-Shelf Asheville Climbing Centers that Bring the Rock

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ClimbMax Climbing

ClimbMax bills themselves as the best indoor climbing gym in Asheville. Located conveniently on Wall Street, they’ve been a staple of downtown Asheville for nearly 20 years. In that time, their family-run business has developed into a community of climbers of all ages and skill levels. In addition to offering climbing walls, ClimbMax features rock climbing programs and competitions, educational clinics, and guided outdoor adventures. So, practice your skills at their family-friendly facilities and then scale one of WNC’s many natural rock climbing destinations.

ClimbMax Climbing

43 Wall Street, Asheville

(828) 252-9996


Photo Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

The Smoky Mountain Adventure Center is a rocking new addition to the River Arts District, featuring yoga and taichi classes, coffeehouse, and tasting room. They offer tons of indoor climbing options for all levels, from rope routes and a bouldering area to their 44-foot outdoor wall. Novice or traveling climbers can also rent gear for use at the center or outdoors. The venue is located along Amboy Road, across from Amboy Road River Park and the French Broad River Greenway. Purchase a day pass or invest in extended passes and memberships.

Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

173 Amboy Road, Asheville

(828) 505-4446


Photo Brevard Rock Gym

Brevard Rock Gym

Not technically in Asheville, Brevard Rock Gym is just a short drive for climbers ready to rock! For nearly 15 years, their goal has been to offer peak rock climbing guide services, a notable competitive climbing team, and a training ground for local Western North Carolina rock climbing. Their long list of climbing programs and services are designed to teach you many things about yourself—in addition to the sport’s many health benefits—while working with people of all skill levels who want to try something new and have fun. Check out Brevard Rock Gym, where “can’t” is a cuss word.

Brevard Rock Gym

240 B South Broad Street, Brevard

(828) 884-7625



Where is your favorite place to rock climb near Asheville? Let us know in the comments.




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