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Kanawha State Park in Charleston, WV is not by any means a destination crag, but does have some potential and offer some good rock. It does not seem to be crowded, but the rock is sandstone and quite skin friendly.

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There are some really good places to climb. The fastest way to get to the cliffs by foot is by Ballard Trail from Range Road. Range Road is on the left just before you enter the park. It's the same way to the shooting range. There is a sign that says Ballard Trail just before you get to the shooting range.

The Trail up to the boulders is a good 20 minute hike and it is steep. The shooting range near by is kind of unsettling.

Another way to get to the other side of Ballard Trail is by Mountain Bike on Middle Ridge Road.

CAUTION: We nearly stepped on a Timber Rattlesnake the last time we went on the trail! It was coiled under some leaves that were hanging over the trail. Be careful! We took pictures and left it alone, but it was a good reminder to keep the critters in mind! Sep 6, 2015
Started developing Sassafras Boulders at the top of Ballard Biking trail. There are probably 30-50 problems that could be established all within 300 feet walking distance of each other. All of the problems are on Ballard trail or 10-15ft off Ballard trail which makes access very easy. The hike up to Sassafras Boulder from parking at the Shooting range is about a half mile, and there is cell phone reception at the boulders. The boulders get their name from all the Sassafras plants found along the trail. Please take a crash pad up there and establish some problems. A few projects have been started in the cave! Aug 1, 2016
Was able to develop some more boulder problems in the cave and on a new boulder. Take a brush with you and continue adding new problems and routes. The area has potential to become a great bouldering location near Charleston, WV. Mar 16, 2017
Visited KSF again and repeated a bunch of the boulder problems, and added a new V6 and V7. Great place to go climb after work if you live and the area and are looking for something different. Mar 19, 2018
Doug Chism
Arlington VA
Doug Chism   Arlington VA
I was here on Black Friday with my wife. We threw a rope down a couple of the listed routes, but there are tons more potential routes in this area not listed. Id guess 30-40 routes, some 50-60ft tall by my guess, all beautiful sandstone. You would have to bushwack quite a bit to setup anchors thats the only downside. Anchor trees for the listed routes are accessible quite easily. There are lots of sick boulders also, way above our ability level but there are holds that somebody can use I am sure of it. The rock is super grippy. We were in town visiting family but if I lived in Charleston I would be out there every weekend. The approach kinda sucks, steep and muddy, and the gunshots ringing out every few seconds kinda ruins the tranquility, but otherwise the place rocks! I will be back in the spring when we visit next for sure. Nov 24, 2018