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Kanawha State Park Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 780'
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Kanawha State Park in Charleston, WV is not by any means a destination crag, but does have some potential and offer some good rock. It does not seem to be crowded, but the rock is sandstone and quite skin friendly.

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Weather station 5.9 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Kanawha State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kanawha State Park:
Heightened Senses   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Rail Gun V3 6A  West Virginia : Kanawha State Park
Sit down start in the cave where the rail or ledge makes a bend about halfway into the cave. Make a move up onto the rail and work the rail with heel hooks all the way out to the end of the cave. Two hand match on the finish. Do not top out....[more]   Browse More Classics in West Virginia

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Rock Climbing Photo: Potential routes!!
Potential routes!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Good place for top rope, using trees as anchors.
Good place for top rope, using trees as anchors.
Rock Climbing Photo: So much potential.
So much potential.
Rock Climbing Photo: A nice roof that has so many potential problems to...
A nice roof that has so many potential problems to...
Rock Climbing Photo: More boulders at the top of Ballard. So much poten...
More boulders at the top of Ballard. So much poten...
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulders at the top of Ballard. So much potential.
Boulders at the top of Ballard. So much potential.

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By Jessica Belcher
Sep 6, 2015
There are some really good places to climb. The fastest way to get to the cliffs by foot is by Ballard Trail from Range Road. Range Road is on the left just before you enter the park. It's the same way to the shooting range. There is a sign that says Ballard Trail just before you get to the shooting range.

The Trail up to the boulders is a good 20 minute hike and it is steep. The shooting range near by is kind of unsettling.

Another way to get to the other side of Ballard Trail is by Mountain Bike on Middle Ridge Road.

CAUTION: We nearly stepped on a Timber Rattlesnake the last time we went on the trail! It was coiled under some leaves that were hanging over the trail. Be careful! We took pictures and left it alone, but it was a good reminder to keep the critters in mind!
By Corey Messer
Aug 1, 2016
Started developing Sassafras Boulders at the top of Ballard Biking trail. There are probably 30-50 problems that could be established all within 300 feet walking distance of each other. All of the problems are on Ballard trail or 10-15ft off Ballard trail which makes access very easy. The hike up to Sassafras Boulder from parking at the Shooting range is about a half mile, and there is cell phone reception at the boulders. The boulders get their name from all the Sassafras plants found along the trail. Please take a crash pad up there and establish some problems. A few projects have been started in the cave!
By Corey Messer
Mar 16, 2017
Was able to develop some more boulder problems in the cave and on a new boulder. Take a brush with you and continue adding new problems and routes. The area has potential to become a great bouldering location near Charleston, WV.

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