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Sharp Top  


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Location: 37.43432, -79.60576 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron James Parlier, Shawn Heath, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Elliot Gaunt on Feb 9, 2014
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Description 

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.


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By Aaron James Parlier
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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:
www.nps.gov/blri/parkmgmt/upload/2012-Compendium.pdf

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 1, 2014

Philip,
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!