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Lake Vesuvius Rock Climbing 

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Lake Vesuvius is the recreational area for the Wayne National Forest. It's a large, 143 acre lake encircled by over 25 miles of hiking trails. Camping, picnicking, or fishing are available. I've only visited it in the Winter and there were not many visitors. No access fee.

Most of the climbing is along the lake shore about 50 feet from the water. There are lots of trees to block the wind. Most of the routes are shaded. The rock quality varies in the park, but there are at least a dozen established routes that are clean and have good quality rock. Several routes are bolted with two bolt anchors at the top. If you have enough rope/webbing you can top rope on all the routes. They are at most 35 to 40 feet tall.

Getting There 

The nearest town is Ironton, so look that up and follow these directions from there: Take exit 93 from Highway 52 and head north on OH-93. After 5.8 miles you'll see a sign for Lake Vesuvius Rec. Area. You'll take a right within 100 yards of the sign onto paddle creek road. That will take you straight into the park. going into the park the road forks. Most (if not all) of the climbing is to the right. You can park next right at the base of the huge hill that is the dam.

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Weather station 5.4 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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By AbeS
From: Parkersburg, WV
Nov 26, 2014
I got out there to climb and scout out the area I'll try to add some picture of some of the other routes that are bolted. It was a pleasant surprise to find there's a good bit more than the routes listed here.
By Nick Bose
Feb 6, 2017
Who is currently bolting here? Went out to the wall on the new Balanced Rock trail and was going to bolt a line I've had my eye on only to find that anchors have already been put up at the top of it, but no other bolts. Not upset in the least just want to make sure I don't step on anyone's toes if I go back out there to bolt. PM me if your working on the area.

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