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.
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
222 Total Climbing Routes
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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.
Nov 16, 2015
We attempted to park at the closed "Cindy Dee" carpool lot but the restaurant is now open again (now called Lowry's) and has no parking/towing signs everywhere. I went in and asked if it was alright to leave a car there and the guy said they don't allow parking anymore. We parked at the bus turnaround but there are only two spots there.
Any locals know more about the carpool lot situation? Is it free to park at the Amtrak station? Is that the best weekend option?