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Nelson Rocks Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 3,028'
Location: 38.6955, -79.465 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

One of the best places in the Panhandle area for all around climbing, Nelson offers climbing in both Sport and Traditional styling, as well as a few boulders if you can get your eyes off the two fins that surround you as you walk the corridor trail. The rock is the same Tuscarora Quartzite as Seneca and Champe Rocks located to the north.

There are Several camping options available to Nelson, the first is the camping at the outdoor center, which costs a small fee of $5 site fee and $5 night fee per person, per night. There are also rustic cabins for rent for a $10 cabin fee, and $10 per person per night fee, though there is a minimum of $30. Also there's the option of the Campgrounds closer to Seneca, Seneca Shadows($12/night) and Princess Snowbird ($5/night)

-sidenote-i'll be adding routes as i do them, except for the obvious classics which i'll add, my main resource is Eric Horsts Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland Guidebook. I'll be adding personal comments and anything that has changed over time, i work on the Via Ferrata and climb there often.

Getting There 

Easiest way for most is by Taking Rt. 33 like you would going to Seneca, then past Judy Gap, take a left onto Rt. 28, drive <1/2 mile and you'll see a Yellow house on the left, along with a sign for the Via Ferrata and the North Fork Canopy Tour. Turn left there onto Nelson Gap Road and follow that road about 150 yards to the Nelson Rock Outdoor Center Welcome center, it is currently under construction but should be completed soon.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For Nelson Rocks

Crescendo 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  West Virginia : Nelson Rocks : Crescendo Wall
One of the classic crack lines at Nelson. A casual 5.9 first pitch to a set of anchors at about 50 ft. A wonderfully exposed 70ft finger crack for the 2nd pitch leads up to a ledge with anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in West Virginia

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By Brian Aitken
Jun 9, 2012
I'm not sure what area these routes are in but I'd like to add the following:

1. Cliptoris 5.7
2. Never Say Never 5.8
3 & 4. The two 5.9's just below Cliptoris

They're pretty decent routes.
By Kyle vH
Aug 1, 2017
There's a famous 5.11a called Notch Up Another One here. It might be the 3rd pitch with easier climbing below. It's wild and exposed on a pillar or the end of a fin I think--I climbed it over a decade ago. I'd love to see some information on it.

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