Rock Climbing — New River Gorge climbing

Climber hanging from outcropping


The mecca for sport climbers in the eastern US and maybe the whole country. Around 2000 (yes that’s thousand) high quality steep climbs. Most of the climbing is hard. It is not as common to find climbs in the 5.5 to 5.9 range, but if you are wanting to train on the hard stuff, there are plenty of 5.12- 5.13 climbs. Although sport climbing is the king here, there is also some traditional climbing as well as top rope climbing and bouldering. There are a number of outfitters that offer guided climbing at the New River.

New River Gorge Climbing Guides

ACE Adventure Center 304 469-2651 Extreme Expeditions 304-574-2827 Web SiteHard Rock Climbing Services 304-574-0735 Web SiteNew River Climbing School 877-696-6809 Web Site New River Mountain Guides 304-574-3872 Web Site Passages to Adventure 304-574-1037 Rivers, Inc. (Adventures, Inc.) 304-574-3954 The Rivermen 304-574-0515 Web Site

Directions from Morgantown

I 79 south to 19 south to the gorge bridge. Access to the climbing is on both sides of the highway from Ames Height rd (northwest) and Lansing rd (southeast).

Travel Time:

2 1/2hr


Camping, Hiking, Bicycling, Rock Climbing (Meadow River), Rock Climbing (Summersville), Whitewater (Lower Gauley), Whitewater (Upper Gauley) Whitewater (New River) Fishing, Sight Seeing


Phone/Email:Headquarters (304) 465-0508

P. O. Box 246, Glen Jean, WV 25846-0246

Web resources:—_New_River_Gorge , and National Park Service New River Gorge Rock Climing

ORC Resources:

Books -“New River Gorge, Meadow River and Summersville Lake” – Steve Cater; “Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland”- Eric J. Horst; “New River Rock” – Rick Tompson.

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