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Rapp Rocks

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Rapp Rocks Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Short scramble to the top of the main face.


Three sets of cliffs along the Rappahanock River in Fredericksburg, VA.

The main face has been heavily covered in graffiti, and is the first set of cliffs you come across. There is access to the top of the cliffs along the right side, but it requires a short scramble at the very end. The main face is usually pretty sunny, especially at the top, and has several easy climbs along it's front.

The second set, Little General, is a maybe a hundred yards downstream, and also has top access to the right. There are two bolts at the top for anchoring.

Getting There 

Take I-95 to Fredericksburg, VA (Exit 130) and head West on VA-3 W/Plank Rd toward Culpeper for about a mile.

Take a right onto Bragg Rd and drive for about a mile.

Turn left onto River Rd and follow down the big hill for 0.7 miles.

Parking is on the right side of the road.

Head toward the river and you will see a trail running off towards the right. Hike along the trail downriver for about a quarter mile. You will see the first set of cliffs on the right.

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For the DC and surrounding areas area.

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: View of the river from the base of the main face.
View of the river from the base of the main face.
Rock Climbing Photo: The main face, using my dog for scale.
BETA PHOTO: The main face, using my dog for scale.
Rock Climbing Photo: The second face, "Little General."
BETA PHOTO: The second face, "Little General."
Rock Climbing Photo: The Schnoz.
BETA PHOTO: The Schnoz.

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By John Tran
Apr 7, 2015
They closed down the parking for the trail. The closest place to park is about .5 miles further down River Rd. at the parking lot next to Clove Brothers. This will require you to walk that .5 miles to the trail head on River Rd, which is quite narrow and could be dangerous.
By Tyler to tall
Dec 30, 2015
The walk down the road to the "trail head" is a bit sketchy people like driving fast on the road.
By Ngomalov78
Jul 31, 2016
Just visited this route and it was surprisingly well kept. Natural anchors at the top, and the approach was easy to find. Tried at first hookin up with the local RR Outfitters but it was a no go. I'm sure the class is great for 1st timers but they made it sound like they had the monopoly on the crag and that is simply not true. Found a local and got great directions.
5927 river road, Fredericksburg VA 22407, if you park next to that address and walk down stream till you see the USGS sign the trail is about 15 to the rocks. Take plenty of water with you and your fishing pole if your in to that. It's a beautiful spot.

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