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.

  • #1 Hone Quarry Ridge Tr

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    George Washington National Forest - North River district, VA

    Hone Quarry Ridge Tr is a hiking trail in Rockingham County, Virginia. It is within George Washington National Forest - North River district. It is two miles long and begins at 1,730 feet altitude. ...
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    Hone Quarry Ridge Tr is a hiking trail in Rockingham County, Virginia. It is within George Washington National Forest - North ...

  • #2 Reflector Oven

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    Nethers, VA

    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 ...
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    Named for its southeast exposure, Reflector Oven is an excellent cold-weather crag. Best known as the location of the classic ...

  • #3 Rawley Springs

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    Harrisonburg, VA

    Like Hone Quarry, most Harrisonburg-area climbers view Rawley Springs as primarily a bouldering destination. Detailed below is just one of a dozen outcrops in the vicinity of Rawley Springs. ...
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    Like Hone Quarry, most Harrisonburg-area climbers view Rawley Springs as primarily a bouldering destination. Detailed below ...

  • #4 Hidden Rocks

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    Harrisonburg, VA

    Hidden Rocks is the best climbing area in the Harrisonburg region, with clean, vertical faces not unlike those of the New River Gorge. You’ll be sure to enjoy your time at this crag. The climbs ...
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    Hidden Rocks is the best climbing area in the Harrisonburg region, with clean, vertical faces not unlike those of the New ...

  • #5 Crescent Rock

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    Round Hill, VA

    Crescent Rock, as it’s known by climbers, offers many high-quality toproping options on a modest crag not more than 50 feet high and 300 feet wide. Its southwest exposure makes this a popular ...
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    Crescent Rock, as it’s known by climbers, offers many high-quality toproping options on a modest crag not more than 50 feet ...

  • #6 Iron Gate

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    Clifton Forge, VA

    While not a destination area, the crags near Iron Gate afford locals the option of a quick dose of climbing when a longer drive to one of the nearby world-class areas isn’t possible. Few climbers ...
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    While not a destination area, the crags near Iron Gate afford locals the option of a quick dose of climbing when a longer ...

  • #7 Elizabeth Furnace

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    Strasburg, VA

    Located in the northern fringe of the George Washington National Forest are two small but popular crags of unique and interesting character. Often referred to as “Elizabeth Furnace,” the two ...
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    Located in the northern fringe of the George Washington National Forest are two small but popular crags of unique and interesting ...

  • #8 Skyline Drive

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    Flint Hill, VA

    There is a multitude of boulders, small cliffs, and craggy canyons along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. While these areas have been extensively explored over the last fifty years, ...
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    There is a multitude of boulders, small cliffs, and craggy canyons along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. While ...

  • #9 Dihedrals

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    Reston, VA

    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. ...
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    One of the more popular areas, Dihedrals is easily identified by the Mather Gorge plaque along the trail at its summit. The ...

  • #10 Dr. Needlepoint

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    Reston, VA

    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 ...
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    This is the last really good climbing area at the downstream end of Great Falls. There are a few stout 5.11+ testpiece routes ...

  • #11 Cornice

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    Reston, VA

    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 ...
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    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 ...

  • #12 PATC Wall (a.k.a. Skyline Wall)

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    Nethers, VA

    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 ...
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    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 ...

  • #13 Microdome

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    Reston, VA

    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 ...
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    This small, 40-foot crag is the closest to the parking area. Unfortunately, it offers very little for the beginner or intermediate ...

  • #14 God’s Area Crags

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    Nethers, VA

    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 ...
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    Named after the incredible, 60-foot Oh My God Dihedral, this area contains nearly a quarter of Old Rag’s routes. Unfortunately ...

  • #15 Aid Box

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    Reston, VA

    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. ...
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    Aid Box is home of some of Great Falls’ hardest climbs, as well as one mega-classic crack, Lost Arrow (5.10c). While the ...

  • #16 Eagle’s Gift Area

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    Nethers, VA

    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 ...
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    This huge, southeast-facing slab is plainly visible when viewing the Old Rag crags from VA 231. No doubt, the routes here ...

  • #17 Summit Area Crags—West Face

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    Nethers, VA

    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 ...
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    There are a few roped climbs and some good bouldering near the Old Rag summit proper. The roped climbs are up to 100 feet ...

  • #18 Juliet’s Balcony

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    Reston, VA

    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 ...
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    Named for the prominent ledge at midheight, this crag is easy to spot, thanks to this feature. A few 25-foot routes start ...

  • #19 Bird’s Nest and Canal Cut (Left)

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    Reston, VA

    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 ...
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    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 ...

  • #20 Wall That Dreams Are Made Of

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    Nethers, VA

    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 ...
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    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 ...