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Hike a full mile up the trail and you will find the main area of boulders.

Getting There 

Just start hiking to the top of sharp top trail and the rock gets better and bigger.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

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Glacier Meditation 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  VA : Sharp Top : Middle Rocks
It starts off with a fun and balancly mantle off a nice jug. Just after mantling gain a awesome hand crack. Follow the slabby hand crack to the top. Look right and enjoy the amazing view. This climb is a classic!...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Feb 22, 2014
There are a handful of older established boulder problems scattered along Sharp Top Trail at the Peaks of Otter, but to my understanding there are some access issues pertaining to climbing in this area which has hindered development in the past. I am not sure if these access issues still apply, but it is worth keeping in mind. Although The Hill is technically under the same jurisdiction, a lot of the land at The Hill is owned by the Blue Ridge Parkway, so the majority there is good to go. If anyone looks into this it would be great to know, Sharp Top Looks amazing! Break On Through sounds great Elliot!
By Philip Schuchardt
Apr 30, 2014
It's interesting that there would be access issue since this is on National Park Property and generally climbing is allowed. I couldn't find any CRF specifically banning climbing from Sharp Top. The only regulations about climbing and repelling are:

1. Don't climbing or repel on man-made structures, like buildings
2. You have to be at least 100ft away from establish the trail and 50ft from a road open to vehicle traffic. If the road is closed, you can climb next to it.

You can read all the CRF for the Blue Ridge Parkway here:
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 1, 2014
I do hope that is the case, and from the information you provided there it seems to be good to go! Awesome stuff. I had only heard the limitations through the "grapevine" of climbing pertaining to some of the upper lookout areas and wanted to share that for the sake of access. As I noted, the majority of the place is "owned by the Blue Ridge Parkway, so the majority there is good to go" and it seems like you have looked into it further. Thanks for the update!
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