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Routes in Kanawha State Park

Don't Slip on your Compressions V3 6A
Elevency TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Heightened Senses TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nature Valley Left V6 7A
Nature Valley Right V5 6C
Not a Finga! V3 6A
One, The V1 5
Rail Gun V3 6A
Sassafras Tea V2 5+
Senses TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Senses 2 TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Short V6-7 7A+
Sloticus V4 6B
Snack Pack V2 5+
Square-Up V4 6B
Stout V7+ 7A+
Traverse Project V6 7A
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Elevation: 780 ft
GPS: 38.265, -81.668 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brandon Marks on Jan 21, 2012
Admins: Ladd, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones
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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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Classic Climbing Routes at Kanawha State Park

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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
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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

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