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Coopers Rock

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Submitted By: Ladd Raine on Apr 11, 2007
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Nicely featured stone.


Collection of Boulders and short toprope cliffs make for an enjoyable stop-off.

The boulders are highly featured and are great fun with or without a bouldering pad as most of the landings are pretty flat.

Baltimore locals who are very tired of Great Falls should make the drive through Cumberland Gap to come visit this interesting location.

American Grit!

If you get rained out you can stop by the gym at WVU's indoor climbing wall

Getting There 

Cooper's Rock State Forest is located along I-68, 13 miles east of Morgantown, WV. Take the Cooper's Rock State Forest exit (exit 15) on I-68 and turn south. Follow the park road to its end, where there is plentiful parking.

8 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Coopers Rock:
Woody's Arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
Anti-Elvis   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   
George Washington's Nose   V5 6C     Boulder   
Roundhouse   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   
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Roundhouse, setting up for the crux

Roundhouse V5 6C  WV : Coopers Rock
The Coopers Guide calls this soft for the grade but it feels every bit of V5 to me. Start low on a jug and make your way up and left until you find yourself on a pinch. Make a big move to a right facing flake and top out. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

Photos of Coopers Rock Slideshow Add Photo
There are anchors on top to TR the thin slab.
There are anchors on top to TR the thin slab.
The nice hand crack goes at about 5.6
The nice hand crack goes at about 5.6
Map of Cooper's Rock climbing.
BETA PHOTO: Map of Cooper's Rock climbing.
Lots of variations on this overhanging jug ladder, beware of looseness!
Lots of variations on this overhanging jug ladder,...
This looks like Boux.
This looks like Boux.
Woodys arete  <br />V3 <br />roadside rocks
Woodys arete
roadside rocks
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By Brian Adzima
From: the Paris of Appalachia
May 19, 2007

There's a few trips worth of top-roping, a couple of trad leads, and a lots and lots of high-quality bouldering on gritstone(?). The area is a state forest but access seems to be a perpetual problem.

By Ladd Raine
From: Plymouth, NH
May 19, 2007

Yeah Gritstone.

By jay.kalamazoo
From: kalamazoo, mi
Nov 24, 2008

I found this park to be a great place to boulder. I thought the stone had a lot in common with seneca rocks.

You can find lots of places to be by your self and have quiet climb. No need for chalk- leave no trace and access will be less of a problem i think.

By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Oct 20, 2009

this place is amazing. I will make the 4 1/2 hour drive again for sure. the bouldering was worth every minute.

By Chad_N
From: Central California
Feb 26, 2010

Coopers is a great place to boulder, toprope, or do short trad leads. All styles of climbing can be found here. majority of climbing in the .11/.12 ranges, but enough for all levels of climbing. Fun place in a beautiful forest. Didn't know it was grit, thought it was sandstone-like rock. Fall is ideal time to visit.

By J tot
From: Tempe, AZ
Apr 15, 2011

it'd be nice to see this place sub-divided into the areas that it is