Elizabeth Furnace Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Trail head for the base/main area
Elizabeth Furnace is divided into two sections. Buzzard Rocks and the Talking Headwall. Buzzard rock offers slab climbing with great exposure to the valley below. The Talking Headwall is at the base of the valley and offers big overhangs on friendly jugs. You're not going to find a lifetime of climbing at either crag but you can find some quality moderate routes in a beautiful setting.
If you want to take a break from climbing take a dip in Passage Creek. There are some great swimming holes and the cool water temps are great in the summer. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the George Washington Forest. For the fishermen out there Passage creek is a stocked creek, and offers some great fly or bait fishing.
Don't forget to stop at Waterlick Grocery and show your support to the locals. The owner supports climbing and sells light gear. Anything you need to know about the Elizabeth Furnace/Fort Valley area can be found here. I've also heard the burritos are fantastic!
From the East-
Take I-66 West to Route 55 West towards Front Royal. Stay on 55 West until the town of Waterlick. Turn left onto Powells Fort Road (Route 678). Drive about 1.2 miles on 678 then turn left onto Mountain Road (Route 619).
Weather station 6.9 miles from here
39 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Elizabeth Furnace
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Adam Kopley Memorial Route 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a VA
: Harrisonburg and NW VA
: ... : Buzzard Rocks
This route is dedicated to Adam Kopley, who died in a climbing accident on April 6, 2012 during when Mark was developing this route. This route starts out fairly easy at a short vertical crack on the left side of the slab. There is some lichen here, but all of the holds are clean. Work your way up to a very short side pull crack. Although you could put in a cam here, it is not needed since a bolt is right above. From here the climb becomes a friction-fest, but is well protected until a right-ten...[more] Browse More Classics in VA
The ridge at Buzzard Rocks
By Katie Hughes
Jul 5, 2015
The waterlick grocery store appears to be closed permanently however I highly recommend Holy Moly Potato Donut shop on Strasburg. You can get donuts made with mashed potatoes (surprisingly awesome) as well as well as beef bulgogi burgers.
By Joe Hurley
Dec 7, 2015
I climbed at Buzzard rocks yesterday and thought I could add some details that would've helped us out.
To get to Buzzard Rocks: Turn left onto Mountain Road to go to Buzzard Rocks. Drive ~1.2 miles to a parking lot on the right side of the road. The lot is labeled "Buzzard Rocks Trail". The trail to get to the crag is an easy 4.0 miles, marked with white "i"s the entire way. It will be obvious when you get to the crag, but hiking to the base of the cliff was tricky since the trail was overgrown. We rappelled to avoid bushwacking.
To get to Talking Headwall: Drive past the turnoff to Mountain Creek about 0.5 miles. Park immediately off of Fort Valley Road as soon as the road first runs parallel to Passage Creek (creek on left, rock face on right).