Clipping. Photo: Greg Martin
Summersville Lake is not in the NRG Proper, but due to it's proximity it is considered a part of the area. It is home to a host of high quality single-pitch sport routes along its northern shore. Ratings range from 5.easy (such as at the Orange Oswald Wall) to 5.14 (in the Coliseum), and there are even a pair of outrageous projects yet to be done, as well as much untouched cliffline that is either inaccessible or would require a boat. Water levels in the lake vary seasonally, which in turn affects the accessibility of certain routes. During warm months, deep water soloing can be a great relief from oppressive summer heat.
Follow Rte. 19 north out of Fayetteville for about 20 miles, almost reaching the town of Summersville. After crossing the obvious Gauley River bridge, park in a large lot on the east (right) side of the road. Follow a wide trail east for a ways until it descends down TO THE LEFT OF THE MAIN TRAIL, crosses a stream NEAR an old bridge, and then heads back up again. Shortly thereafter head right into the woods at THE SECOND well-marked trail (THE FIRST RIGHT WILL LEAD YOU DOWN TO PIRATE'S COVE AREA). Follow this trail past a few branches until it descends steeply by a stream and small waterfall. There is a ladder here to facilitate the scrambling. This will deposit you very near the DC Memorial Boulder. Head climber's left along the cliff band to access the Perot Wall and the Coliseum, or right along the cliff to the Long Wall, Narcissus Cave, and Orange Oswald Wall. Pirates' Cove, a great area that is only accessible during low water, can be reached via a separate trail or by scrambling around from the Colosseum.
The approach includes a 15ft ladder, if you are bringing lassie, plan on lowering it down.
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE A LARGE DOG AND USING THE LADDER IS NOT A VIABLE OPTION, THERE IS AN ALTERNATE APPROACH. INSTEAD OF TAKING THE TRAIL DOWN TO THE STREAM AND LADDER, CONTINUE ALONG THE TRAIL OF RED BLAZES FOR ~10-12 MINUTES UNTIL YOU SEE A HOUSE UP TO YOUR LEFT. AT THIS POINT YOU CAN CUT DOWN TOWARDS THE LAKE WHERE THERE IS A BREAK IN THE CLIFF. THIS DEPOSITS YOU ~5 MINUTES PAST ORANGE OSWALD WALL. WALK TO THE CLIMBER'S LEFT ALONG THE CLIFF UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR DESIRED DESTINATION.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
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