Governor Stable requires membership or a paid pass. The Circuit Area is currnetly closed to all climbing while access to the area is negotiated. Please respect the closed / no tresspassing signs posted near the pyramid. The rest of GS proper remains open to members and daypass holders. MORE INFO >>>
Due to the fact that Governor Stable is located on private property, a lease was secured with the landowners. The terms of this lease state that GS is open from 1/1 thru 8/31 of 2011, 2012, and 2013. No information is available regarding climbing access after 2013! DO NOT TRESSPASS when the area is closed to climbing, you could jeopardize access for the future. See friendsofgs.org/ for the latest details.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Governor Stable has a long history of access issues. It is located on private properety, and managed by a non-profit organization known as FrOGS (Friends of Governor Stable). Climbing here is available only to those willing to pay for the privelage. The cost as of January 1, 2012 is $10.00 for a day pass, or $60.00 for an annual membership. The preserve is open to climbing from January 1, 2012 thru August 31, 2012, then reopens January 1, 2013 thru August 31, 2013. I will update the description as future access is negotiated. Camping is not allowed at Governor Stable. The closest camping is the Elizabethtown KOA.
Governor Stable Nature Preserve is located just off of Route 441 in the small villiage of Bainbridge, outside of Middletown, Pennsylvania. The rock is diabase, much like Mount Gretna and Haycock, which provides a style of climbing unique to this part of the country. Many of the problems are friction based, meaning the best time to climb at GS is the dead of winter when the humidity is low and the temperatures are ripe for sending. That being said, spring and summer ain't bad either, just be sure to check yourself for ticks throughout your visit. The boulders at GS are much more condensed than those at Gretna, contained to an area of just over 30 acres. Despite it's smaller size, there are nearly as many established problems as the area at Governor Dick, most of them very high quality. And while it seems like there are a lot rules governing the climbing here, i can assure you that once you arrive you will have a bouldering experience unlike any other, where friendly folks and amazing lines come together to make this little boulderfield a truly special place. Come see for yourself.
Day passes and annual memberships, as well as a new full color super dank guidebook assembled by Kevin Catlin and Ryan Shipp are available for purchase at www.friendsofgs.org. All proceeds go back into managing the preserve. Please Note: Passes and memberships can no longer be purchased at the boulders!!! Please use the internet. Any questions you may have regarding location, access, climbing, a link to the Facebook page, or anything at all pertaining to GS can also be addressed at www.friendsofgs.org.
From the Harrisburg area and all points North and West: Find one of the many access points to 441 South and follow it through Middletown, past Three Mile Island on your right, until you come to Turnpike Road. Make a left on Turnpike and drive until you see Governor Stable Road on your right. Follow it to Conoy Township Park. PARK IN THE STONE PARKING LOT AT THE PARK! Walk down the hill and across a small one lane bridge, careful of traffic now, then cut into the woods on the obvious path.
Use the GPS Cooridnates listed above to reach the parking lot. DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE STONE PARKING LOT
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Governor Stable: