Harper's Ferry Rock Climbing
Twilight at Harpers Ferry John Kelbel HDR Photo
The Harpers Ferry region includes cliffs in all 3 states MD, WV, and VA due to their close proximity to each other all the information is contained here under Maryland.
Here is the original historical guide to Harpers Ferry by Rob Savoye: welcomehome.org/rob/guides/mdh...
The Climbing ranges from multi-pitch trad, sport and top-roping areas to tons of excellent bouldering. Maryland Heights stands 200 feet tall and is the tallest cliff in central Maryland. It is REQUIRED to sign in at the ranger's information station to climb on Maryland Heights. None of the other areas require a sign in. Most of the rock in the region is a hard quartzite providing good crack systems and positive edges on the faces. Contributing Web Sights Harpers Ferry Climbing Guide Harpers Ferry Climbing Blog Indy's Underground Climbing Guide to Maryland
Harpers Ferry is located 17 miles South-West of Fredrick Maryland on interstate 340 where it crosses the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. The individual cliffs should provide specific parking information. The Mark train and Amtrack both stop at Harpers Ferry.
All of the Harpers Ferry cliffs are located on National Park Land and some of the parking areas will include a $10 entry fee, however a year pass can be purchased for $30 at the visitor center. Also the annual National Park Pass
can be used as well. The National pass cost $80 and has two signature spots so it can be shared with one other person and covers entrance fees for the owner and 3 accompanying adults into all National Parks.
Weather station 0.6 miles from here
252 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',80],['2 Stars',120],['1 Star',30],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Harper's Ferry
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Harper's Ferry:
Featured Route For Harper's Ferry
Black Tie Affair 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b MD
: Harper's Ferry
: ... : Train Tunnel Wall
P1: Starting out the left corner of the pit, head up a jagged, overhanging crack. (The route might be marked by an Indian Creek style stone at the base). The first pitch follows the previously mentioned crack (system) all the way to a ledge at ~100 feet. On the way to the anchors, you will climb an overhang to a tricky mantle, a short slab section, another overhang, another slab, and the final crux, an ever-so-slightly overhanging face split by a rapidly closing crack.P2: This pitch is best ...[more] Browse More Classics in MD
BETA PHOTO: Overview sketch map of Harpers Ferry bouldering ar...
BETA PHOTO: Map of roads leading to Harper's Ferry
BETA PHOTO: Overview sketch of the bouldering areas on Elk Rid...
View of town from top of Maryland Heights
BETA PHOTO: Don't climb mad, or sad, or even serious, at Harpe...
By Bill Kirby
From: Baltimore Maryland
Mar 30, 2016
As March 30 2016 all of Maryland Heights is closed from B slab left due bird nesting
The Tunnel Wall and Confederate Wall are only sections open.
By Chris Irwin
From: Silver Spring, Maryland
Apr 10, 2015
The park has temporarily closed the Sign Wall and the Gully the the public effective April 10th, 2015- August 15, 2015 due to nesting Peregrin Falcons.
By Conrad S.
Sep 24, 2015
Use the below links to access some videos of bouldering in Harpers Ferry.
From: Newark, DE
Nov 16, 2015
The former "Cindy Dee" carpool lot is maybe a parking option again. It now looks like the restaurant is closed again (for lease sign in the window). They removed the no parking/towing signs too that were there when the Lowry's restaurant was open a few months ago.
Any locals know more about that lot situation? The bus turnaround is a mess since the two "spots" are currently big dirt/ice piles from plowing. There is basically only one big spot (suv/truck) or two small car spots on the good side of the no parking sign.