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Leakes Mill Park Loop
A great loop of hilly singletrack. Near Goochland, Virginia
Pocahontas: Morgan and Lakeview Trails
Almost 23 miles of continuous singletrack ranging from beginner to expert. Near Chesterfield, Virginia
Tall Oaks Trail (Blue Diamond Trail)
It's got ups and downs, switchbacks, and roots. Challenging yet fun. Near Chesterfield, Virginia
The Box Turtle Trail (Green Trail)
A great trail for beginners with a little bit of downhill, jumps and a ride over a boulder. Near Chesterfield, Virginia
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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Central & Southern VA Region Rock Climbing 

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Routes and boulders in the Central and Southern portion of Virginia. The Peaks of Otter offer fantastic granitic bouldering opportunities during cooler months.

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

546 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',33],['3 Stars',148],['2 Stars',228],['1 Star',72],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Central & Southern VA Region

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central & Southern VA Region:
The Eye of Sauron   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   The Buttermilks : The Hobbit Hole
Bohemian Bearhug   V4 6B     Boulder, 16'   Stones : Values Boulder
Jurassic park arête    V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 15'   Belle Isle1 : James River Park System
500lb Chest   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Stones : 500lb boulder
God's Own Greenstone   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   The Forest : Greenstonia (Ridgeline)
Green Goblin   V7-8 7B     Boulder   The Forest : Greenstonia (Ridgeline)
Thoughtless Minds    V8 7B     Boulder, 14'   Stones : Values Boulder
The Seance   V9 7C     Boulder, 16'   AVO : The Seance Area
Life After Greenstone   V9 7C     Boulder, 20'   The Forest : Greenstonia (Ridgeline)
Slabtastic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Wintergreen : Beginner Slab
Happy Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Wintergreen : The Cracks
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
Root Canal   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Manchester Wall : Main Wall
Green with Envy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Wintergreen : The Cracks
Unhappy Cracks   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Wintergreen : The Cracks
Fear and Loathing   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Wintergreen : Self Potential Wall
Tendinitis   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, Sport   Manchester Wall : Main Wall
Heroes and Handlebars   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 40'   Wintergreen : The Cracks
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Featured Route For Central & Southern VA Region
Rock Climbing Photo: Route line for Glacier Mediation.

Glacier Meditation 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Virginia : Central & Southern VA Regio... : ... : Middle Rocks
It starts off with a fun and balancly mantle off a nice jug. Just after mantling gain a awesome hand crack. Follow the slabby hand crack to the top. Look right and enjoy the amazing view. This climb is a classic!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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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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