Coal Bank Hollow

  • Grade context: US
  • Photos: 8
  • Ascents: 554
  • Aka: Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve
  • Aka: PMRP




Coal Bank Hollow is one of the major areas in the Red River Gorge. It features climbs in a wide range of difficulties and cliffs offer a wide range of orientations.


Coal Bank Hollow is located in the PMRP, a 700 acre cut of land owned by the RRGCC. The land was purchased from the oil company which still maintains drilling privileges for the area. So please respect the oil companies equipment as well as the roads down there in the area. Please do not block any equipment or any of the roads by over parking in an area.

Access issues

Please climb responsible and follow Leave No Trace practices. All dogs must be leashed or under control of their owners. Stay off tagged projects and do not touch or use any project ropes, draws, or other gear. Stay on established trails and do not mark or damage tress or other vegetation. Approval by the RRGCC is required prior to the establishment of any new crags or trails. No hunting, trapping, digging for archaeological artifacts, or operation of motorized vehicles off established roads is permitted. No open fires are permitted due to the oil extraction activity in the area and the enormous threat of forest fire in a region of numerous oil wells would pose. Overnight camping (no long-term camping) is permitted as long as it is not in a climbing area, along a trail, or near any oil equipment. Please remove all refuse and bury human waste.


Drive south on highway 11 towards Beattyville and take Fixer Road on your right (just after the junction with 1036 and before the petrol station). Follow Fixer Road taking a left after about 250m for about 6km. You will see a small wooden sign "Coal Bank" on your right and an old oil tank on your left, take a right up the hill until you reach the parking lot. From the parking lot follow the obvious trail using a small bridge towards the different sectors, all marked by wooden signs.


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