Elevation: 1,650 ft
GPS: 38.15, -80.927 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: camhead on Nov 27, 2013 with improvements by Alex Ivanov and 1 other
Admins: Pnelson, Ladd Raine, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones
Access Issue: PARKING ALONG HIGHWAY 19 Details
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Access Issue: South side crags access issue. Details

Description

  • **LATELY THERE HAS BEEN A TREND OF PARKING DIRECTLY ON THE SHOULDER OF ROUTE 19. DO NOT PARK PAST THE SIGN THAT SAYS NO PARKING. THIS SIGN EXISTS TO ALLOW EMERGENCY VEHICLE ACCESS TO LOWER MEADOW. COUNT ON LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO START TOWING VEHICLES, AS THEY ARE SICK OF IT. DON'T MAKE CLIMBERS IN THE NEW RIVER GORGE LOOK BAD AS A USER GROUP. PLEASE HEED THIS WARNING.***

    The "South Side" of the Meadow River is one of the most diverse areas in the entire NRG region, with climbs from 5.4 to 5.14, sport and trad, summer shade, great undocumented bouldering, and swimming holes. For this reason, it's been getting quite crowded over the last few years, and right now there are some access issues with the landowner (see "access issues" in this section before making a trip here).

Getting There

  • **PRIOR ACCESS VIA PROPP'S RIDGE ROAD TO THE SOUTH SIDE CRAGS HAS BEEN CUT OFF BY LANDOWNERS. DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE IN THIS WAY. AT BEST YOU'LL HAVE TO TURN AROUND BECAUSE OF ROADBLOCKS- AT WORST YOU COULD JEOPARDIZE ACCESS Please view ACCESS ISSUES link above and the more detailed information here: NRAC Meadow River access info ***From Fayetteville, drive north on route 19 towards Summersville. Park on the shoulder just before the start of the meadow river bridge. A well worn trail should lead from the shoulder down to a nice flat trail along the river. Turn right at the base of the trail and hike upstream. You should pass a very distinct roadblock consisting of a few large boulders after about 30 minutes or more. Keep hiking - you'll pass The Other Place on the right after a few minutes. You could take this this trail and hike along the cliff line to Area 51 or continue on the main trail for another 5-10 minutes, looking for another trailhead near large boulders. Total approach is about 2.5 miles.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South Side Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 57
Beetle Byway
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 80
Free Range Show Poodle
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 67
Scaphoid
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 47
Hundred Acre Wood
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 51
Lunate
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 48
New Mexican Rodeo
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 94
Flaming Pellets
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 64
Instant Gratification
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 40
Waco not Hueco
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 22
Betty Bravo
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 36
U Boat
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 41
Low Brow
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 35
Brown Star
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 52
Depth Charge
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 14
The Project
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Beetle Byway Other Place
 57
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Free Range Show Poodle Area 51
 80
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Scaphoid Area 51
 67
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Hundred Acre Wood Other Place
 47
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lunate Area 51
 51
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
New Mexican Rodeo Other Place
 48
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Flaming Pellets Other Place
 94
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Instant Gratification Area 51
 64
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Waco not Hueco Area 51
 40
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Betty Bravo Mud Hueco
 22
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
U Boat Other Place
 36
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Low Brow Other Place
 41
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Brown Star Brilliant Pebble
 35
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Depth Charge Other Place
 52
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Project Area 51
 14
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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