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Summary

This climbing area includes the crags at Summersville Lake and Gauley River. Loads of climbing, Deep Water Soloing and fun!

Description

The Gauley River is the third river in this area (on top of the New River and the Meadow River) forming lots of climbable cliffs along its way. Summersville Dam creates Summersville Lake where many of the cliffs rise out of the lake depending on the water level.

Access issues

With the exception of the Main Area (not Pirate Cove!) all crags at Summersville Lake are impacted by the water level. During the summer months till about October the level is too high to access many other areas (unless for DWS). Check the website of the Army Corps of Engineers for the current water level. Once it is below 1600 feet, most areas are accessible for climbing. The crags below the dam are obviously not impacted by the lake water level.

Approach

Drive north on highway 19 towards Summersville. to reach the dam and teh lower Gauley River crags turn left on highway 129. To reach the lake areas continue on highway 19. Whippoorwill is just before the bridge on your left, the Main Area right after the bridge and Long Point is reached via the Airport Road on your left.

Where to stay

There is free camping below the dam. Drive over the dam on highway 129 and take a left and drive down just after it.

Areas

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Main Area cliff
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66ft
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46ft
Long Point cliff
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