Rock Climbing — Summersville Lake

Climber on face at Summersville Lake


Sport climbing with opportunities in the summer for free climbing right out of the lake (although this was recently made illegal by a new Army Corp of Engineers Regulation – contact your Rep. to complain). There are around 150 routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13c, with the majority of climbs in the 5.10 and up range.

Directions from Morgantown

I 79 south to 19 south to Summersville. The main climbing area parking is just north of the Summersville Lake Bridge.

Travel Time:

2 hr


Camping, Canoeing, Rock Climbing (Meadow River), Rock Climbing (New River Gorge), Whitewater (Lower Gauley), Whitewater (Upper Gauley) Whitewater (New River) Fishing, Sight Seeing


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 502 Eighth St., Huntington, W.Va. 25701


Project Manager (304) 872-3412. Call (304) 872-5809 for a 24 hour recording providing updated lake and stream information.

Web resources: – Summersville_Lake

ORC Resources:

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

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