Getting to Summersville Lake, WV
is located just south of the small burb of Summersville, West Virginia.
Directions and route info can be found added to many of the New River
Gorge guidebooks (since it is only 20 miles north).
Head North on highway 19, past "The Meadows River", following the signs
for summersville. The climbing area is actually a few miles South of
town right near the bridge. Parking is located on the North-East side
of the bridge for Summersville Lake. (from Fayetteville - just over
the bridge and on the right).
from the turn around on HWY 19 - looking back at the parking area
As with any climbing
area, it is in your best interest to purchase one of the many guidebooks,
or contact the local stores for the most up-to date access information.
Once you have found a parking space at summersville the climbs are
just a short hike away. Begin by following the logging road up hill
(North-East), follow this trail down th back side of the large hill
also. Near the bottom the trail will split, as one trail heads up
to some trees and the other down to a bridge.
Follow the trail with the bridge, just as it curves to the left nad
begins uphill again tehre is another trail to the right. Look for
the rock cairns (stacked
rocks) placed to help hikers/climbers know when there is a change
in direction. Once you are on this road follow it straight short distance
and then take the road to the right. This trail gets increasingly
smaller and turns into a foot trail (plants overhang the trail). A
short distance further you will run accross a trail leading down hill
to the right (look for cairns again). This trail
leads down hill and has a few steps built into it. This takes you
to the river bed trail and follow it to the right towards the waterfall
(downstream). Here you will find the access
ladder next to the waterfall, climb down the ladder to the base
and follow the trail a few feet to the firts intersection. There are
2 choices of trail, Tthe trail leading to the right through trees
back towards the waterfall will bring you to the perot wall and coliseum
areas. The other trail will bring you to the DC Memorial boulder and
all teh other areas along the cliff base.
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