As most climbing areas are found
in West Virginia's pristine and delicate environments, we
ask that you take care to abide by the following
regulations. Be warned that these rules are strictly
enforced by patrolling rangers when in state and national
Motorized drills are prohibited: Motorized drills are
prohibited in all established climbing areas on state and
national parkland. Do not deface, damage, or alter the rock
Pets: Pets must be leashed at all times in state and
Use existing trails: Avoid cutting or trampling
vegetation and creating new trails.
Use discretion when fixing protection: Camouflage all
anchors. Bolting above public trails often conflicts with
other trail uses and should be avoided.
Park in designated areas: Avoid parking in vegetated or
undeveloped areas or within six feet of roadway.
Respect private property: Most climbing areas included
in WVExplorer's climbing guide are located on public
property -- state and national parklands. However, some
climbs and their access trails may be found on private
property. Please consult landowners before establishing new
routes, and always respect "No Trespassing" signs.
Respect seasonal restrictions: Seasonal closures to
protect nesting raptors and preserve endangered ecosystems
are rigidly enforced. Rangers routinely patrol for
Leave no trace: If you pack it in, then pack it out.
Camp and travel on durable surfaces. Leave what you find.
Minimize use of fire. Do not deface, damage, or alter the
rock surface. Deliberately damaging the rock is illegal.
Treat other users with respect by maintaining a low profile.
Camping Regulations: Most
state and national parklands provide designated camping near
climbing areas. Should you camp near your routes, please
adhere to these guidelines. Camping is prohibited within 100
feet of all roads, trailheads, and parking areas. Always
camp more than 100 feet from the top or bottom of cliffs and
boulders. Always camp more than 100 feet from any cultural
or natural historic site. Pack out what you've packed in, or
dispose of your waste properly. Dispose of human waste
properly: if toilets aren't available, bury waste in a
six-inch hole at least 50 yards from water. Pack out toilet
paper in plastic bags.
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