Nelson Rocks Preserve
No experience? No problem! Rock climbing in beautiful Pendleton County
Nelson Rocks Preserve (NRP) is an outdoor recreation area located in the scenic North Fork Valley of Pendleton County, West Virginia. The Preserve is a privately owned and funded organization dedicated to the preservation of Nelson Rocks as a natural, scenic and recreational resource. Public access is currently offered for via ferrata climbing.
A via ferrata (Italian for "iron way") is a type of mountain climbing route with a safety system permanently installed, making the climb suitable for persons with no prior training and minimal equipment. The climber is attached at all times to a steel cable which runs along the entire route; no climbing rope is generally required. Steel rungs, ladders, bridges and similar structures are used to keep the climbing from becoming too difficult, while providing access to high, vertical faces and extreme mountain terrain which would otherwise be accessible only to experienced, roped climbing parties.
Built in 2002, the Nelson Rocks Via Ferrata was only the second of its kind to be established in the United States. The route gains hundreds of vertical feet of elevation over half a mile of climbing, leading up to a thrilling, exposed summit with unforgettable views of the Allegheny mountains. Truly West Virginia's wildest outdoor adventure!
FOR MORE INFORMATIONNelson Rocks Preserve
Person Interviewed: Bryan Cornwell
Title: Climbing Guide
Date: March 1 through December 15
Location: Pendleton County, West Virginia
Address: 141 Nelson Gap Road, Circleville, WV 26804
Phone: 877-435-4VIA, 304-567-3169
Rates: Weekday $60.00, Weekend $65.00
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