Rock Climbing — Nelson Rocks

Two climbers on pinnacle looking down.


The Via Ferrata at Nelson Rocks is one of only a few of its kind in the United States. It consists of cables, bridges and metal pieces drilled into the rock. These allow people to ascend and descend the over one thousand feet of rock surface without the need for technical knowledge or climbing gear.

Nelson Rocks does also allow group climbing with a guide and has a canopy tour along with lodging.

Directions from Morgantown

take I-79 south to Weston (exit 99). Take rt. 33 east to Elkins. Continue on 33 east for 35 miles to Seneca Rocks. Turn right (south) on rt. 28/33 and go about 12 miles to CR 28/5 on the left.

Travel Time:

2 1/2hr


Camping, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Fishing, Sight Seeing


Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center 141 Nelson Gap Road P.O. Box 83 Circleville, WV 26804



Web resources:

ORC Resources:

Books -“Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland”- Eric J. Horst, brochure

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