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The Best Rock Climbing in Virginia

Looking for the best rock climbing in Virginia? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Virginia. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top rock climbing spots in and near Virginia

  • Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

    Hike Devil's Marbleyard

    3 mi / 1600 ft gain
    Want to scale the side of a rock face? If you do, I highly suggest adding this adventure to your list. Hiking to the marbleyard and back to the parking lot will have you at a 3 mile journey. How many hours will it take to hike the trail and tackle Antietam Quartzite boulders larger than cars you ...
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  • Lyndhurst, Virginia

    Explore Ravens Roost Overlook

    This cozy little overlook is very simple to get to. If you are coming from I 64, after taking exit 99 towards Shenandoah National Park, turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway when the exit comes to a "T-stop". From there, it's 10 miles down the Parkway on your right. You will see a clearly marke...
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  • Bluemont, Virginia

    Hike to Raven Rock

    5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Starting at a small parking lot right off of Route 7 (wuick right onto Pine Grove Road) this hike takes you North on the Appalachian Trail in a very hilly/rocky part of the trail. Expect to gain and lose 300 feet+ multiple times! It's about 2.5 miles each way so budget at least a few hours to go ...
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  • Buchanan, Virginia

    Hike to Apple Orchard Falls

    5.6 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are a few different ways that you can do this hike. One way is to start at the North Creek campground (37.54244, -79.58531) and do a loop hike that's about 6 miles, which will take you to the falls up along a stream with some swimming holes and nice campsites. I did it the other way, which ...
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  • South River, Virginia

    Hike to Compton Peak

    This unique hike on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park is 2.4 miles round trip with an 835' elevation gain, and leads you to two viewpoints as well as a cool rock outcrop.Access this hike from the Compton Gap parking area (elevation 2,145') on the Skyline Drive at Mile 10.4. Cross ...
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  • Dayton, Virginia

    Climb Hidden Rocks

    Amazing rock climbing can be found just outside Harrisonburg, VA at a series of crags hiding in the beautiful landscape of GW National Forest. Hidden Rocks offers amazing climbing and bouldering for intermediate level or well-guided beginners.Near the end of Hone Quarry Road is a small, self-pay ...
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  • Goshen, Virginia

    Hike Goshen Pass

    5.6 mi / 1200 ft gain
    The parking for the trailhead is down an unmarked gravel/dirt road about 1.5 miles upriver from the Virginia Wayside rest area on Route 39 West. You'll see the swing bridge out across the river and the road will be immediately after this on your right. The road goes back about 200 yards to the pa...
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  • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

    Wilburn Ridge and Massie Gap Loop

    2.32 mi / 318 ft gain
    To reach the trail head, park in the Massie Gap Parking Lot.  This is the parking lot for most of the trails in the park, so it can fill up very quickly, but you are able to park along the side of the road.  Massie Gap as two parking areas: one intended for overnight hikers and one for day hikers...
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  • Richmond, Virginia

    Climb Manchester Wall

    To get here, set your GPS to the address pinned below and park on the side curb in the Suntrust Bank lot. From here, walk opposite your car and follow the trail over the high walk and railroad tracks. This will bring you to a concrete railing, to the left is a wooden stair case and to the right i...
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  • Rockbridge Baths, Virginia

    Rock Climb at Goshen Pass

    Goshen Pass is a beautiful area for kayaking and fishing in Bath County, Virginia near Lexington. But not as well known is the fact that there are a few places that are great for rock climbing. You'll want to park at the swinging bridge which is two miles past the picnic area on route 39 once you...
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  • 38.8233934104965,-78.1703853607178, Virginia

    Compton Peak Summit via Appalachian Trail

    2.03 mi / 659 ft gain
    Compton Peak Summit via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bentonville, Virginia.
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  • McLean, Virginia

    Great Falls Park to Riverbend Park Loop

    8.87 mi / 876 ft gain
    Great Falls Park to Riverbend Park Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Great Falls, Virginia.
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  • Richmond, Virginia

    Belle Isle Trail

    1.65 mi / 115 ft gain
    Belle Isle Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Richmond, Virginia.
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  • Dayton, Virginia

    Hidden Rocks

    2.25 mi / 269 ft gain
    Hidden Rocks is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Dayton, Virginia.
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