Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is highly valued by the local climbing community, as it contains traditional climbing, bouldering, and top roping opportunities located in close proximity to a major metropolitan area. But even though Mid Atlantic Climbers had worked in partnership with the Park since 2014, climbing access was closed in the Virginia and West Virginia sections of the Park in 2017 without consideration of stakeholder input and without consultation with local and national climbing organizations. In 2018, the Park further restricted access by temporarily closing Maryland Heights to climbing due to landslide that was not near the climbing areas. We are please to say that this closure was lifted after more than a year of advocacy in August 2019. But with all climbing in the VA and WV portions of the park still closed, there is more work to be done!
WE NEED YOUR HELP: Harpers Ferry continues to ignore our request to lift these climbing closures and to develop a collaborative climbing management plan based on public input and best practices. Park leadership needs to hear that climbing access is an important resource for our community. Please send a message today by using the form below!
You can read more about Our Campaign to #ClimbHarpersFerry here.