West Virginia is home to some of the most scenic and rugged wilderness in the eastern United States and is a prime destination for rock climbing and backpacking. With a total height of 1,000 feet and a vertical climbing face of 300 feet, Seneca Rocks is one of the most popular climbing spots in the east. Or head up the road to the nearby Dolly Sods Wilderness for rewarding treks and spectacular vistas.
Destination: Dolly Sods Wilderness, Seneca Rocks, New River Gorge or Franklin Rocks, West Viriginia
Activities: Backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, caving
Sample Rock Climbing Itinerary
Day 1: Drive to Seneca Rocks and set up your base camp.
Day 2: Scope out the climbs and learn the basics; try a few easy climbs.
Day 3: Do a full day of climbing and take in the incredible views from the top.
Day 4: Go for a morning hike or climb before heading back to campus.
Sample Backpacking Itinerary
Day 1: Drive to your trailhead and hike in to your first campsite.
Day 2: Spend the day on the trail stopping for lunch at one of many scenic lookouts.
Day 3: Continue your trek and include a side trip for bouldering or to find a waterfall.
Day 4: Hike out and travel back to campus.