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Submitted By: geomark on Apr 10, 2009


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I recently moved to Pikeville, KY because of a job. I NEED somewhere to climb and began looking. I found out about some climbing in this park on the internet and went to take a look being only ~35 min away. Ranger told me how to get to a developed area. I looked around and saw about 8-10 sport routs and a few trad lines on a hard light colored sandstone. Not sure of the bolt quality. Also some toprope areas. Looks like 5.7 - 5.11?? A lot of room for development. Ranger spoke of wanting more climbing in the park! Will update this area when i get some climbing in. Need a partner.

Getting There 

Breaks Interstate Park is on the Kentucky, Virgina state line. Park in the State Line overlook parking area. Follow fence from overlook to the left. Where fence ends, head down through narrow gap and follow slope to right and you can't miss it. 10 min from truck.

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Weather station 6.2 miles from here

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['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Breaks Interstate Park
Rock Climbing Photo: good clean boulder with about 15 degree steepness.

Trail head V-easy 3 PG13  VA : Southwest Virginia : Breaks Interstate Park
Start with left hand on jug right hand on crimp. Throw up with your right to a good rail. Match the rail. Left hand up to a sloper and right to big crimp. Left to the top and top out. Walk off....[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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Rock Climbing Photo: nearing the park from Elkhorn City.
nearing the park from Elkhorn City.

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By a.foster
Jun 27, 2009
A friend and I climbed a couple of bolted routes off the River Trail in the park (see visitor's center for a full map of trails) The bolts were in good shape, but the routes hadn't been climbed much. Watch out for the quality of the rock, as we had holds brake off quite a few times.
By B2 Mathisen
Mar 15, 2013
My name is Brad. My fiance and I hike and climb at the break fairly often. We are from Norton Va and are always looking for climbing partners. Where are you from? Would you be interesting in meeting up to climb sometime?
By Adam Bankston
May 27, 2013
I would mos def be down to climb with you all. I'm about an hr from the breaks in Williamson, WV. Comment back or shoot me an email Peace
By mustardtiger
Sep 26, 2014
I am in the early stages of making a simple guidebook for the breaks. I spent three years hiking around the area and cleaning. I never came across another climber but I figured I would be nice and ask if anyone had objections to this. If you have any routes or problems up and want them to be mentioned then just send me a PM.
By Tstanfi2
Oct 9, 2014
Just moved to the area going climbing this weekend at breaks thanks for posting the boulder problem. Is there a decent amount of boulders? Not really a huge sport climber just trying to figure out if there's enough good boulder spots to not have to bring all my gear. Any boulders and how to get to them would be appreciated!
By AmyD
From: Pikeville, KY
Jun 30, 2015
I just moved to Pikeville, KY last week and would like climbing partners! Esp for Breaks as that seems to be the closest location. I prefer sport climbing.

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