Lower Meadow Rock Climbing
Sweet layback at the start
The Lower Meadow area is made up of the cliffline north of the river, and downstream of the Highway 19 bridge. Its stand-out cliff is definitely the Puppy Chow/Greatest Show area, but there are quite a few more adventuresque cliffs farther downstream. Some of the most classic routes of all grades, sport and trad are here, such as Lynn Hill's Greatest Show On Earth (13a trad), Puppy Chow (12c sport), Toxic Hueco (11d sport), and Scott Franklin's Mango Tango (possibly the eastern U.S.'s first 14a). This area tends to get a bit more sun than shade, but it is possible to climb here year round.
For all the areas described here, take your first left after the Meadow River Bridge as you drive north from Fayetteville, onto Underwood Rd. Drive about one hundred yards, and when the road makes a hard right, park on the side of the road. You will hike toward the gorge through some of the ugliest, trashiest redneck campsites in the area. Keep trending right (left will take you to the Upper Meadow buttresses), and after 5-10 minutes of easy walking on a four-wheeler track you will see cliff-line to your right.
Weather station 4.5 miles from here
67 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Meadow
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Featured Route For Lower Meadow
Just Another Pretty Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c West Virginia
: The New River Gorge
: ... : Greatest Show Area
Another classic route in this area, and a bit more accessible to us gumbies than Greatest Show on Earth or Mango Tango. Start on a 5.7-ish finger crack a bit to the left o Puppy Chow. Some finger-sized cams may help if you don't want to solo 30 feet of 5.7 up to the massive ledge. From here, clip a bolt on the face to your left, and do a crazy crux sequence of heelhooks and a big reach into an undercling. Once over the lip, it is easier (10b-ish?) but really fun climbing for three more bolts...[more] Browse More Classics in West Virginia