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.

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#1. Maryland Heights


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 Virgi…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Harpers Ferry, WV - Climbing
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#2. Roadside Rocks


This popular area features many good 30- to 40-foot toprope routes, as well as a handful of well-protected leads. The climbs at Roadside Rocks are near vertical and tend to be fairly technical in natu…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Dellslow, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Southern Pillar


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 other…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Seneca South End—Ecstasy Buttress and Cave Areas


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 the trai…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Seneca South End—Totem and Skyline Buttresses


These routes ascend the tall buttresses on the east side of the South End. They are easily reached from the Ecstasy Buttress and Cave Area or by hiking up Roy Gap Road to near the Southeast Corner and…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
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#6. Southeast Corner


Hike up Roy Gap Road past the Ecstasy and Totem Buttresses to the blue-blazed Southeast Corner Trail on the left. Follow the trail uphill along the beginning of the east face and scramble over a few d…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. South Peak—East Face


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 Broadway…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
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#8. North Peak—East Face


Hike Roy Gap Road past the Southeast Corner to the blue-blazed East Face Trail on the left. Follow this trail uphill (passing along the right side of a short rock fin that parallels the East Face) for…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Southwest Corner


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 the trai…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Cockscomb, Humphrey’s Head, and The Face of a Thousand Pitons


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 way and s…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. South Peak—West Face


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 way and s…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. North Peak—West Face (The Bell Wall).


Take the West Face Trail per the approach to the South Peak West Face. From below The Face of a Thousand Pitons, follow the blue-blazed trail as it climbs up and left along a series of dirty ledges to…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Onego, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. The Coliseum


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!…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Summersville, WV - Climbing
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#14. The Gun Wall


Also known as The Perot Wall, this short, wildly featured face offers several fun threeto four-bolt climbs. When dry, there always seems to be climbers here. Unfortunately, it can remain wet for days…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Summersville, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

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


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.…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Summersville, WV - Climbing
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#16. Excellent Buttress (a.k.a. Long Wall)


Home of Summersville’s first climbs, Excellent Buttress offers high-quality face climbs from 40 to 70 feet in length.…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Summersville, WV - Climbing
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#17. Satisfaction Area


Named for the brilliant Satisfaction Guaranteed, this area also possesses a few really unsatisfactory “dogs.”…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Summersville, WV - Climbing
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#18. Narcissus Cave


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.…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Summersville, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Orange Oswald Wall


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 in…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Summersville, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Bubba City


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 po…
From the guidebook "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland"
Fayetteville, WV - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides