Climbers looking for high quality rock climbing can find it here, whether you are coming from Washington D.C., Pittsburgh Pa, or anywhere else in the Mid-Atlantic. Many members of the Washington DC and Pittsburgh rock climbing communities can be found here on any given weekend.
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From Washington DC and The Megalopolis
Washington D.C. Rock Climbing has a long association with Seneca Rocks. The first recorded ascent was made by Washington DC rock climbers in 1939. Washington D.C. climbers have been coming to Seneca ever since.
Take I-66 West . Merge onto I-81 South via Exit 1A on the left towards Roanoke . Take Rt. 55 West (Exit 296) ramp towards Wardensville, WV. Stay on Rt. 55 though the town of Moorefiled, WV and on to Petersburg, WV. In Petersburg, Rt. 55 will merge with (turn right on) Rt. 28. Follow 55/28 to Seneca Rocks.
From Ohio and Points NW
Ohio Climbers have a long standing tradition of climbing here at Seneca. John Markwell, the original owner of The Gendarme and Seneca Rocks Climbing School was from Ohio. Then there are you hearty souls from up in Michigan that define dedication and are a testament to the fact that Seneca Rocks is worth the drive.
Take I-77 South to Parkersburg, WV . Take Rt. 50 East (exit 176) to I-79 South. Take Exit 99 (Rt. 33) to Rt. 33 East and stay on 33 East all the way to Seneca Rocks. The road will meander through the town of Elkins, WV so make sure you pay attention. Don’t worry, there are plenty of signs to help you out along the way.
From the Pittsburgh and Western PA
Members of the Pittsburgh rock climbing community are present at Seneca Rocks on almost any given weekend.
Take I-79 South to Exit 99(Rt.33) Take Rt. 33 East and stay on 33 East all the way to Seneca Rocks, however, the road will meander through the town of Elkins, WV so make sure you pay attention. Don’t worry, there are plenty of signs to help you out along the way.
From Richmond and Points South
Take I-64 West to Staunton, VA. Take I –81 North to Harrisonburg. Exit 247B- Rt. 33 West Stay on Rt. 33 West, up and over the Shenandoah, through the town of Franklin, WV, and on to Seneca Rocks.