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Kanawha State Park Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 780'
Location: 38.26549, -81.66757 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ladd, Chris Whisenhunt, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brandon Marks on Jan 21, 2012


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Boulders at the top of Ballard. So much potential.


Kanawha State Park in Charleston, WV is not by any means a destination crag, but does have some potential and offer some good rock. It does not seem to be crowded, but the rock is sandstone and quite skin friendly.

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Rock Climbing Photo: This is the route for Heightened Senses, follow th...

Heightened Senses 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  WV : Kanawha State Park
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Rock Climbing Photo: Good place for top rope, using trees as anchors.
Good place for top rope, using trees as anchors.
Rock Climbing Photo: More boulders at the top of Ballard. So much poten...
More boulders at the top of Ballard. So much poten...
Rock Climbing Photo: So much potential.
So much potential.
Rock Climbing Photo: A nice roof that has so many potential problems to...
A nice roof that has so many potential problems to...
Rock Climbing Photo: Potential routes!!
Potential routes!!

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By Jessica Belcher
Sep 6, 2015
There are some really good places to climb. The fastest way to get to the cliffs by foot is by Ballard Trail from Range Road. Range Road is on the left just before you enter the park. It's the same way to the shooting range. There is a sign that says Ballard Trail just before you get to the shooting range.

The Trail up to the boulders is a good 20 minute hike and it is steep. The shooting range near by is kind of unsettling.

Another way to get to the other side of Ballard Trail is by Mountain Bike on Middle Ridge Road.

CAUTION: We nearly stepped on a Timber Rattlesnake the last time we went on the trail! It was coiled under some leaves that were hanging over the trail. Be careful! We took pictures and left it alone, but it was a good reminder to keep the critters in mind!

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