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Crescent Rock squeezes around thirty climbs onto a small cliff face. While most of the routes here are top rope climbs, there are a few quality trad leads. The south facing cliff receives plenty of sunshine throughout the entire day. This makes for great climbing in the fall, winter, and spring. There is no problem climbing here in the summer as long as like the Virginia heat. Make sure you beat the heat and bring your own water, there is no natural water supply in the area.

Climbs range from 5.8 (The Dish) to grueling 5.12d (Litigiousness Psychosis). Since the crag is close to a few metropolitan areas it tends to get a little crowded during the weekends. Consider sharing ropes with another group or you could get stuck on one route for a little while.

Getting There 

Apparently access on Raven Rock Road has been restricted so please hike in on the AT and park at AT parking lot on Route 7. The hike is strenuous, but well worth is with some great top roping a few leads. Link from for directions to the parking lot. .

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Crescent Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crescent Rocks:
Crescent Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Washington Wall
Psoriasis   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Right Sector
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Featured Route For Crescent Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Straight up through the roof.

3D 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Virginia : Shenandoah & NW VA Region : ... : Main Wall
Starts below an obvious overhang on the right side of the wall. There will also be a tree behind you when you are on the route. Begin on small holds and liebacks until you reach the roof. Take a good test and begin working crimps and pinches to pull the roof. Make use of a knee bar under the roof. Finding feet over the roof is the crux of the route. Once over the roof follow easier moves to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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Rock Climbing Photo: Map of approach from Ravens Rock Rd
BETA PHOTO: Map of approach from Ravens Rock Rd
Rock Climbing Photo: Where the trail from the radio tower meets the App...
BETA PHOTO: Where the trail from the radio tower meets the App...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gate and parking area long Ravens Rock Road. Appro...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Radio tower along approach
BETA PHOTO: Radio tower along approach

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By ScooterV
From: Chandler, AZ
Jan 30, 2011
I am just wondering if anyone that climbs here is in the digital age? I would love to see some photos of this place.
By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC
Feb 1, 2011
Some more photos would be nice for sure.
By Daniel White
Apr 12, 2014
Do not use the parking area on Raven Rock road. Everyone that parked there on 6 apr 14 got a ticket even though we were in the area without no parking signs. Hopefully it will be thrown out in court but still what a pain.
By Andy Weinmann
From: Silver Spring, MD
Apr 5, 2015
There's a new development going in on the Jefferson County, WV side of Raven Rocks Rd. There are a lot of restrictive signs up and whatnot and plenty of No Parking signs. If you're going to approach from Raven Rocks Rd, park on the shoulder on the Virginia side (where there aren't any No Parking signs...there aren't any on the VA side) and walk down to the access trail beyond the old cell tower trail. There's an old gated access with a No Parking sign on it that can be used for access. This trail will take you to the trail on the backside of the cell tower.
By johnva
Nov 9, 2015
Was thinking of going up there, and exchanged some correspondence with Andy.
Has anybody been here that has some information about access. Don't want to drive 1.5 hours and get locked out, or have a ticket when I get back to car.

Thank you.
By Jeff Beavers
Dec 15, 2015
How far past the old access road is this other access trail? The normal way of getting in from Raven Rocks Rd. is pretty closed off at the moment.
By Clint Lentile
Aug 20, 2017
The trail is very rough and rocky, there is a sign that says "spring" and a small campground where the Raven Rocks hollow stream is. At this point there is also a trail that leads to the left marked with blue blazes, ignore this trail and continue on the AT. When you get to the cliff from the Virginia side you will be more or less at the top of the Washington Wall, go left for the easiest walk down for the right wing. There are no bolts at crescent rocks, 20 meters of static would allow you to do any route.

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