Best Climbing in Virginia

This list represents the most popular climbing in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia climbing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Great Falls Park


Land and history are interwoven throughout Great Falls Park—the spot where George Washington championed a canal to skirt the Potomac River’s 77-foot “great falls.” This may be metropolitan DC, but bey…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Great Falls, VA - Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 5.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Great Falls National Park


Great Falls National Park is a natural haven for thousands of Washingtonians seeking solitude from the daily grind of gridlock and government. Trails about throughout this park on the river offering c…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
McLean, VA - Climbing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 6.8 miles
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#3. Great Falls National Park


Great Falls National Park is a natural haven for thousands of Washingtonians seeking solitude from the daily grind of gridlock and government. Trails abound throughout this park on the river, offering…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia: An Atlas of Virginia's Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides"
Mc Lean, VA - Climbing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 6.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Sunset Walls (a.k.a. The Projects)


This area offers a variety of traditional and sport routes up to 50 feet in length, as well as the shortest approach to roped climbing on the mountain. From the Berry Hollow parking lot, it’s a reason…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
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#5. Summit Area Crags—West Face


There are a few roped climbs and some good bouldering near the Old Rag summit proper. The roped climbs are up to 100 feet in length and face roughly to the west. At over 3,000 feet above sea level, th…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. PATC Wall (a.k.a. Skyline Wall)


This north-facing wall is a popular refuge when it’s too warm to climb at the nearby God’s or Reflector Oven areas. Although there are a couple of bolted climbs, PATC Wall is known for its numerous mo…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Reflector Oven


Named for its southeast exposure, Reflector Oven is an excellent cold-weather crag. Best known as the location of the classic Strawberry Fields crack, the area also possesses several other good sport…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. God’s Area Crags


Named after the incredible, 60-foot Oh My God Dihedral, this area contains nearly a quarter of Old Rag’s routes. Unfortunately for the first-time visitor, the area is somewhat difficult to navigate si…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Wall That Dreams Are Made Of


If you dream of a pair of world-class cracks, then this wall is made for you. While the approach is Old Rag’s longest (and carries a nightmarish reputation), I believe it’s 100 percent worth the effor…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Whale’s Lip


This South Platte–like granite outcrop possesses a few of Old Rag’s most classic (and bold) slab routes. The reality is that a few of these traditionally established routes could be life-threatening i…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Eagle’s Gift Area


This huge, southeast-facing slab is plainly visible when viewing the Old Rag crags from VA 231. No doubt, the routes here are classic slab climbs with great position. Unfortunately, there are two draw…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Ridge Trail Area


There are several routes scattered about the small cliffs along the Ridge Trail near the 10-foot, 4th-class downclimb (a.k.a. the Ridge Trail “bottleneck”). The two routes described in the previous ed…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Microdome


This small, 40-foot crag is the closest to the parking area. Unfortunately, it offers very little for the beginner or intermediate climber. But if you can climb 5.11, there are a few worthwhile routes…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Reston, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Dihedrals


One of the more popular areas, Dihedrals is easily identified by the Mather Gorge plaque along the trail at its summit. The climbs here are up to 60 feet high and range in grade from 5.3 to 5.11. Ther…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Reston, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Juliet’s Balcony


Named for the prominent ledge at midheight, this crag is easy to spot, thanks to this feature. A few 25-foot routes start from this “balcony,” while several others climb the full length of the wall, b…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Reston, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Seclusion and Romeo’s Ladder


This very popular area has a little of something for everyone. Juliet’s Balcony (5.1) and Romeo’s Retreat (5.0) are good beginners’ routes, while Entropy (5.11b) and Ergometer (5.11c/d) are popular wi…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Reston, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Aid Box


Aid Box is home of some of Great Falls’ hardest climbs, as well as one mega-classic crack, Lost Arrow (5.10c). While the routes are rather short, they require good technique and lots of power. May the…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Reston, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Bird’s Nest and Canal Cut (Left)


On just about any nice day, you’re bound to find a flock of rock climbers perched on the 50- to 60-foot cliffs of the Bird’s Nest area— and for a good reason: There are more highquality climbs here th…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Reston, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Cornice


Just 40 yards downriver from Bird’s Nest are a few more good climbs at the Cornice area. The routes here are up to 60 feet high, with the most popular routes in and around the Cranko and Tiparillo sec…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Reston, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Dr. Needlepoint


This is the last really good climbing area at the downstream end of Great Falls. There are a few stout 5.11+ testpiece routes to attempt if you visit the Doctor. The climbs here range from 40 to 60 fe…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Reston, VA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides