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Guest River Gorge Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.89936, -82.41878 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aaron Parlier on Feb 10, 2014


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Located in Southwestern Virginia outside of Coeburn and just a few miles from the town of Norton. Wonderful routes and stellar bouldering beside the scenic Guest River.

The areas here are listed by order of the mile marker signposts as you reach them from the parking lot. The trail itself is a flat pea gravel biking and walking trail. Just like the VA Creeper Trail, this is a reclaimed railroad bed from an old coal train track. You walk through a dark and interesting old coal train tunnel to access the vast majority of the climbing here.

Getting There 

Follow Highway 72 south for 2.2 miles. The entrance for Guest River Gorge parking lot is on the left just past Flatwoods Group Picnic Area.


Attention climbers :

There is only one legal and allowed parking area for the Guest River Gorge.

The only appropriate or allowed access into the gorge is by way of the main, approved, public access parking lot off of Rt. 72 south of Coeburn.

If you are parking at any other location it is a serious access issue and could bring about climbing closures. Please respect private property. If you are concerned about the approach bring a bike (the trail is a wide, flat bike path). The cliffs and crags cross through multiple land owners and we should all be mindful and aware of while climbing.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.6 miles from here

201 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',32],['3 Stars',73],['2 Stars',76],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Haunted Boulder

Haunted By Waters V6-7 7A+  Virginia : Southwest Virginia : ... : Haunted Boulder
A superb and beautiful boulder problem.When looking at the face (the face away from the river/toward the trail/not submerged in the river) this line climbs out of the right, main, huge roof. The roof has a beautiful swirling pool in the base, and if the river is up part of this problem becomes submerged. Most Fall and Winter seasons however, the water is low and the line is perfect.Stand start in the slot jug that is very deep in the back of the roof along the crack/seam with the roof and side w...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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