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Loudon Heights

Loudon Heights  

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Location: 39.3208, -77.7203 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Conrad S. on Dec 7, 2012
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BETA PHOTO: Looking south towards all of the cliffs that const...

Parking and walking access are sensitive. Rockfall is also an issue. MORE INFO >>>


This area faces north and is cold in the winter as it sees very little sun. The cliffs range from 25 ft to over 100 feet tall; Thus, single to multi-pitch routes can be found here. The rock quality is great but the debris sitting around on the ledges can be dangerous. This area is absolutely adventure climbing which means tread carefully, wear a helmet, investigate all holds for quality, think twice, be safe. Another great danger to this area is that the cliffs are uphill from highway 340. A rock can easily end up on/in the highway. The smaller cliffs that sit below the large, main cliffs, present less of a danger in terms of rockfall. Be cautious on the tall main cliffs. The access to these areas can change and the main entrance trail was shut down recently. The parking for this area is very popular with river enthusiasts including users who party on the rocks in the Potomac River and leave tons of trash in the river as well as roadside. They present a threat to the access in this area also. Climbers parking along 340 must cross the lanes of traffic which could be the most dangerous aspect of a day at these cliffs.

Getting There 

These cliffs are along 340 near the Virginia - West Virginia state line. Tune in to your local climbing organizations and community for current details on access to these areas.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

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