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Sep 7, 2013
Im going to be in the area next weekend with some friends who don't climb and some who do. What other fun outdoor activities are there in the area? Lakes to paddle and swim, good trails, etc.

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lhrowland
From Frankfort, Ky
Joined Apr 28, 2011
37 points
Sep 7, 2013
Go to Spruce Knob to hike, Blackwater Falls, and enjoy the
area.
Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2005
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Sep 7, 2013
Stairway To Heaven - all the way to the Pearly Gat...
Hikes around Dolly Sods just up the road are good fun especially when hawks and other birds are migrating through. Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Joined Jul 6, 2007
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Sep 7, 2013
1st trad lead - Northern Pillar at the Gunks
The Green Bank national radio observatory has a really interesting tour. Mark O'Neal
From Nicholson, GA
Joined Oct 5, 2009
857 points
Sep 7, 2013
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nelsonrocks.org clay meier
Joined Dec 24, 2008
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Sep 8, 2013
Thomas has a nice brew/pub. There is plenty of food in Davis which is just before Blackwater State Park.

Great trout and smallmouth fishing.

Truck13
Truck13
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Sep 9, 2013
I would recommend tubing and hiking in Smokehole Canyon. Dolly Sods has great hikes. Spruce Knob has some good hikes, and it is the highest mtn. in WV. climbinbob
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Sep 11, 2013
clay meier wrote:
Www.nelsonrocks.org
I am not sure how much longer that link will work, the new one is nelsonrocksoutdoorcenter.com

The Via Ferrata there is a lot of fun, especially for non-climbers. It can be a great way to introduce them. Climbing on fix pro, with 3/4 stainless steel rungs to assist as needed. They also have a 12 Zipline Canopy Tour, hanging out in the trees for a couple hours. A beautiful and relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

There are several caves in the area that are still open, and very user friendly. The Sinks of Gandy is a great beginners cave. Easy enough that you can use a hand held flashlight, and not hate life too much. I have seen people with infants in there.

If wild caving is not your thing, you should check out senecacaverns.com/ A guided cave tour, and they even have the Stratosphere, which is a "wild" cave tour.

Spruce Knob/Seneca Creek Back Country and Judy Springs, or the North Fork Mountain Trail are great places to hike around. If you hit up the North Fork Trail, check out Chimney Rocks.

PM if you need more details on anything.
Jnatec
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Sep 11, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
Isn't there a trail that runs up the north side? Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
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Sep 11, 2013
Just in case the two big belay anchors aren't obvi...
Yokum's does a guided horseback ride to the top using the north peak trail. It's pretty popular. Inquire at their campground / restaurant.

The Dolly Sods Scenic Area is popular. Blackwater Falls is worth the short drive to Canaan Valley. Bring your camera. There is a state park in Canaan Valley that's popular, too.

While looking for links to send you to, I found this one that lists tons more to do in the area: smokehole.com/attractions.htm
Peter Jackson
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