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Climbing near New River Gorge Bridge

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.

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West Virginia Climbing News

Climbers on New River Cliffs

Partners work to protect cliffs at Summersville, New River Gorge

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Comprising one of the most famous rock climbing destinations in the U.S., the cliffs that outcrop along the gorges of the...
A peregrine falcon surveys Harpers Ferry from a cliff on Maryland Heights.

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...
The Kiedaisch Wall climbing area overlooks the Ohio River near New Martinsville, West Virginia.

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,...
Climbing near New River Gorge Bridge

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...
Hiker at Needles Eye

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...