South Side Crags Rock Climbing
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Pnelson, Ladd Raine, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones
History (Admin Only): Pnelson edited "Description" Feb 11, 2020 View all 2
Pnelson edited "Getting There" Mar 7, 2020
- DO NOT park past the sign near the bridge. It indicates something like "no parking to the right," but actually means "no parking past this sign" (thanks DOT). This is to keep access open for emergency 4x4s that may need to descend to gorge for rescues.
-Park completely off the pavement, preferably diagonally, with vehicle rears facing away from the road. I've seen a couple cars actually back out into the highway as they exit the parking. This is stupid and dangerous.
-consider using the large gravel parking lot just off the Underwood Rd. Seriously, it only adds an extra 5 minutes of walking. You came to the Meadow for those closely bolted easy climbs that the NRG lacks, so pay your dues and walk a little, goober. Seriously, you take an extra five minutes to set up your hammock at the crag anyway, it's not a huge deal.
Local climbers and boaters have been getting increasingly irate about bad/excessive parking off of 19. If it keeps as it has been going, the likely outcome will be a simple ban on parking, with no other alternatives. Let's try to self-regulate, m'kay?
- **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).
- **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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