Best Climbing in West Virginia

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

  • #1 Beauty Mountain

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    Lookout, WV

    By itself Beauty Mountain would be a significant climbing area anywhere in the country. Simply put, it’s got everything: classic cracks, killer sport routes, and good bouldering. Still, this ...
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    By itself Beauty Mountain would be a significant climbing area anywhere in the country. Simply put, it’s got everything: ...

  • #2 Kaymoor

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    Fayetteville, WV

    This north-facing area is extremely popular with sport climbers, especially during hot weather. Best known for The Hole and its difficult routes through a huge, tiered roof system, there is also ...
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    This north-facing area is extremely popular with sport climbers, especially during hot weather. Best known for The Hole and ...

  • #3 Bridge Buttress

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    Fayetteville, WV

    Bridge Buttress is many climbers’ first stop upon arriving at The New, probably because of its location directly below the visitor center and the US 19 bridge. While there are some excellent ...
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    Bridge Buttress is many climbers’ first stop upon arriving at The New, probably because of its location directly below the ...

  • #4 Junkyard

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    Fayetteville, WV

    Junkyard was one of the first areas developed in The New, and it continues to be an extremely popular area to this date. It’s not hard to understand why: The approach is short; there are a number ...
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    Junkyard was one of the first areas developed in The New, and it continues to be an extremely popular area to this date. ...

  • #5 Orange Oswald Wall

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    Summersville, WV

    Per lineal foot, Orange Oswald is the most popular climbing wall at Summersville Lake. Inviting orange rock and plenty of great handholds make this home to some of the best moderate sport climbing ...
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    Per lineal foot, Orange Oswald is the most popular climbing wall at Summersville Lake. Inviting orange rock and plenty of ...

  • #6 Endless Wall

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    Fayetteville, WV

    As one of The New’s more low-profile areas, Fern Buttress is (for those in the know) a favorite “get-away” crag on busy weekends. Here you’ll find a high concentration of sport routes from 5.10a ...
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    As one of The New’s more low-profile areas, Fern Buttress is (for those in the know) a favorite “get-away” crag on busy weekends. ...

  • #7 Bozoo

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    Pettry, WV

    If the miles of “endless” Nuttall Sandstone walls at the New River Gorge aren’t enough for you, there is another small stretch of quality rock about 50 miles upstream from The New. In this rare ...
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    If the miles of “endless” Nuttall Sandstone walls at the New River Gorge aren’t enough for you, there is another small stretch ...

  • #8 Maryland Heights

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    Harpers Ferry, WV

    Also known as “Harpers Ferry,” the cliffs of Maryland Heights are actually located across the river from the historic town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. With the highest cliff in the northern ...
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    Also known as “Harpers Ferry,” the cliffs of Maryland Heights are actually located across the river from the historic town ...

  • #9 The Meadow

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    Nallen, WV

    Sandwiched between the New River Gorge to the south and the Summersville Lake crags to the north, the rock along the Meadow River has been largely overlooked by the majority of Mid-Atlantic climbers. ...
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    Sandwiched between the New River Gorge to the south and the Summersville Lake crags to the north, the rock along the Meadow ...

  • #10 Bubba City

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    Fayetteville, WV

    While Bubba City is just one of several crags that contribute to the New River Gorge’s world-class climbing reputation, recent new-route activity and anchor upgrades have made this area exceedingly ...
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    While Bubba City is just one of several crags that contribute to the New River Gorge’s world-class climbing reputation, recent ...

  • #11 Southern Pillar

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    Onego, WV

    Walk up Roy Gap Road to a boulder (with plaque) on the right. Take the trail that begins just beyond the boulder and follow it up to the base of the pillar near the start of Gephardt-Dufty. The ...
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    Walk up Roy Gap Road to a boulder (with plaque) on the right. Take the trail that begins just beyond the boulder and follow ...

  • #12 Franklin

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    Franklin, WV

    While limestone crags are seemingly ubiquitous in the western United States—Rifle, Shelf Road, Wild Iris, Ten Sleep, Utah Hills, Mount Potosi, Mount Charleston, and American Fork, to name just ...
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    While limestone crags are seemingly ubiquitous in the western United States—Rifle, Shelf Road, Wild Iris, Ten Sleep, Utah ...

  • #13 D.C. Memorial Boulder (a.k.a. The Mega Boulder)

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    Summersville, WV

    A power climber’s dream crag. Barely 30 feet high, this huge boulder has a severely overhanging west face with numerous three- to five-bolt routes.
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    A power climber’s dream crag. Barely 30 feet high, this huge boulder has a severely overhanging west face with numerous three- ...

  • #14 Narcissus Cave

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    Summersville, WV

    Not exactly a cave, but this 50-foot roof does provide refuge on wet days. Narcissus is the most popular rainy-day route, and Suicide Blonde is the project route of choice.
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    Not exactly a cave, but this 50-foot roof does provide refuge on wet days. Narcissus is the most popular rainy-day route, ...

  • #15 Cockscomb, Humphrey’s Head, and The Face of a Thousand Pitons

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    Onego, WV

    Walk up Roy Gap Road until you see the first buttress of rock on your left. Take a blue-blazed trail that begins at an obvious set of stone steps just across Roy Gap Run. Hike uphill a short ...
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    Walk up Roy Gap Road until you see the first buttress of rock on your left. Take a blue-blazed trail that begins at an obvious ...

  • #16 The Coliseum

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    Summersville, WV

    One of the steepest walls in the East and without question the most impressive wall at Summersville. Bring a 60-meter (200-foot) rope and fully loaded guns, and climb fast!
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    One of the steepest walls in the East and without question the most impressive wall at Summersville. Bring a 60-meter (200-foot) ...

  • #17 Excellent Buttress (a.k.a. Long Wall)

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    Summersville, WV

    Home of Summersville’s first climbs, Excellent Buttress offers high-quality face climbs from 40 to 70 feet in length.
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    Home of Summersville’s first climbs, Excellent Buttress offers high-quality face climbs from 40 to 70 feet in length.

  • #18 South Peak—West Face

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    Onego, WV

    Walk up Roy Gap Road until you see the first buttress of rock on your left. Take a blue-blazed trail that begins at an obvious set of stone steps just across Roy Gap Run. Hike uphill a short ...
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    Walk up Roy Gap Road until you see the first buttress of rock on your left. Take a blue-blazed trail that begins at an obvious ...

  • #19 Seneca South End—Ecstasy Buttress and Cave Areas

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    Onego, WV

    Walk up Roy Gap Road until you see the first buttress of rock on your left. Follow a blue-blazed trail that begins at a small stone wall just across Roy Gap Run. Hike uphill a short way until ...
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    Walk up Roy Gap Road until you see the first buttress of rock on your left. Follow a blue-blazed trail that begins at a small ...

  • #20 South Peak—East Face

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    Onego, WV

    The East Face of the South Peak possesses some of Seneca’s highest quality rock and most classic lines. Except for Orangeaid and Alcoa Presents, the routes described below all begin off Upper ...
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    The East Face of the South Peak possesses some of Seneca’s highest quality rock and most classic lines. Except for Orangeaid ...