West Virginia is among the most popular and highly rated rock climbing destinations in the eastern United States. Climbing areas feature stupendous scenery and challenging sports and traditional climbs. Warm winter days are common, so climbing may be enjoyed year-round. Rock climbing instruction is available for beginners, and guides are available to help lead advanced climbs throughout the Mountain State.
Rock Climbing Areas
- Coopers Rock Climbing
- Meadow River Climbing
- Nelson Rocks Climbing
- New River Gorge Climbing
- Seneca Rocks Climbing
- Summersville Lake Climbing
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Map showing climbing areas in West Virginia
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West Virginia Climbing News
Harpers Ferry closes some climbing areas to protect falcons
Officials at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are temporarily closing some climbing areas on Maryland Heights to accommodate a pair of nesting peregrine falcons. A...
New rock-climbing area draws more tourism to New Martinsville
A new rock climbing area is drawing more outdoor recreation to New Martinsville, West Virginia, and Wetzel County, already known for their fishing, kayaking,...
Park Service to host meeting on climbing at New, Gauley
The National Park Service is inviting members of the public who have an interest in climbing at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve...
Needleseye park at Oak Hill now open to hikers, climbers
Climbers and hikers are welcome to begin exploring a 300-acre park under construction near the New River Gorge that includes more than two miles...
Park Service to host meeting regarding rock climbing
The National Park Service will host a meeting on rules and regulations for climbing activities at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and...