Appalachian Trail - Climbing

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Embark on an exhilarating climbing and bouldering adventure along the iconic Appalachian Trail near Roanoke, VA. While renowned for its scenic hiking paths, this region also offers thrilling opportunities for climbers and boulderers of all skill levels. Explore the rugged beauty of Dragon's Tooth, one of the trail's standout features. Here, towering granite spires and rocky outcrops provide a variety of climbing challenges, from technical face climbs to exhilarating cracks. Bouldering enthusiasts can navigate the maze of boulders scattered around the base of Dragon's Tooth, testing their agility and problem-solving skills on natural rock formations. Venture to Tinker Cliffs, where the trail traverses a series of dramatic limestone cliffs. Climbers can tackle the vertical faces and overhangs, while boulderers will find plenty of opportunities to practice their skills on the rocky ledges and scattered boulders along the trail. For those seeking a more secluded bouldering adventure, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve offers a hidden paradise of granite outcrops and secluded boulder fields. From sloping slabs to steep overhangs, climbers and boulderers alike will find a diverse range of terrain to explore and conquer. Whether you're a seasoned climber or new to the sport, the Appalachian Trail near Roanoke, VA, promises unforgettable experiences amidst stunning natural landscapes. Lace up your climbing shoes, grab your chalk bag, and embark on a thrilling outdoor adventure in this scenic and rugged terrain.

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  • Directions: The Appalachian Trail comes from the east and crosses over I-81 just north of Roanoke in Botetourt County. The trail continues north and runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway into the Shenandoah Valley.
  • Additional Information: With a length of approximately 2,180 miles, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. Virginia has more miles of the trail (550 miles) than any other state. It is estimated roughly 2-3 million people visit the "A.T." every year.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
  • Friday Hours: Open
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