BETA PHOTO: Map of approach from Ravens Rock Rd
Crescent Rock squeezes around thirty climbs onto a small cliff face. While most of the routes here are top rope climbs, there are a few quality trad leads. The south facing cliff receives plenty of sunshine throughout the entire day. This makes for great climbing in the fall, winter, and spring. There is no problem climbing here in the summer as long as like the Virginia heat. Make sure you beat the heat and bring your own water, there is no natural water supply in the area.
Climbs range from 5.8 (The Dish) to grueling 5.12d (Litigiousness Psychosis). Since the crag is close to a few metropolitan areas it tends to get a little crowded during the weekends. Consider sharing ropes with another group or you could get stuck on one route for a little while.
Apparently access on Raven Rock Road has been restricted so please hike in on the AT and park at AT parking lot on Route 7. The hike is strenuous, but well worth is with some great top roping a few leads. Link from hikingupward.com
for directions to the parking lot. .
Climbing Season For the Roanoke/New River/Blacksburg area.
Weather station 5.6 miles from here
24 Total Routes
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BETA PHOTO: Gate and parking area long Ravens Rock Road. Appro...
BETA PHOTO: Radio tower along approach
BETA PHOTO: Where the trail from the radio tower meets the App...
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From: Chandler, AZ
Jan 30, 2011
I am just wondering if anyone that climbs here is in the digital age? I would love to see some photos of this place.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Feb 1, 2011
Some more photos would be nice for sure.
By Daniel White
Apr 12, 2014
Do not use the parking area on Raven Rock road. Everyone that parked there on 6 apr 14 got a ticket even though we were in the area without no parking signs. Hopefully it will be thrown out in court but still what a pain.
By Andy Weinmann
From: Alexandria, VA
Apr 5, 2015
There's a new development going in on the Jefferson County, WV side of Raven Rocks Rd. There are a lot of restrictive signs up and whatnot and plenty of No Parking signs. If you're going to approach from Raven Rocks Rd, park on the shoulder on the Virginia side (where there aren't any No Parking signs...there aren't any on the VA side) and walk down to the access trail beyond the old cell tower trail. There's an old gated access with a No Parking sign on it that can be used for access. This trail will take you to the trail on the backside of the cell tower.