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Richmond/Central VA

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Browns Island 
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Manchester Wall 
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Leakes Mill Park Loop
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Tall Oaks Trail (Blue Diamond Trail)
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The Box Turtle Trail (Green Trail)
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Lakeview Loops I, II, and III
3 Stacked Loops along the lake with a little bit of climb, flow, speed, and water. Near Chesterfield, Virginia
Lakeview I
A nice loop with some short climbs, a water crossing, and some flowing sections. Near Chesterfield, Virginia
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Richmond/Central VA Rock Climbing 

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The climbing in Richmond lies just opposite of downtown, on the south side of the James River and on Belle Isle. Whatever way you choose to experience climbing, Richmond has you covered. Bouldering, TR, sport, and you can even place gear. Most of the climbing is on natural rock formations aside from Manchester Wall, the bridge buttress and pillars that remain of the old Manchester bridge.

Getting There 

Each area can be accessed by way of Riverside Drive that runs East-West along the south side of the James River. Belle Isle can also be reached from the North side by parking in the Tredegar parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

152 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',39],['2 Stars',63],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Richmond/Central VA

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Richmond/Central VA:
The Eye of Sauron   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   The Buttermilks : The Hobbit Hole
Jurassic park arête    V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 15'   Belle Isle1 : James River Park System
Fun and Games   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport   Manchester Wall : Main Wall
McKenna    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport   Manchester Wall : Second Pillar
The Mortar the Merrier   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Manchester Wall : Main Wall
Take It for Granite   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Manchester Wall : Main Wall
Root Canal   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Manchester Wall : Main Wall
Tendinitis   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, Sport   Manchester Wall : Main Wall
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Davie Jones' Locker V5 6C  Virginia : Richmond/Central VA : Forest Hill Park
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By Austin D
Aug 15, 2016
Just moved to RVA, looking for a climbing partner / partners. I've been heading to Peak Experiences mostly, my rope/beaners are stuck in Indiana but I certainly love the outdoors as well. Just moved from Scotland where I was studying. Mostly into sport, love some boulders from time to time. I climb 5.10-11ish, been climbing for about 7 years, I like dogs, good bagels and long walks on the beach.

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