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Smoke Hole Canyon

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About Smoke Hole Canyon:

A beautiful, primitive canyon and gorge, much of it Monongahela National Forest and Seneca Rocks/Spruce Knob Recreation area, located 10 miles north of Franklin, WV just off Route 220. Rugged in terrain and conditions, soaked in history, and spartan in accomodations, the canyon offers an assortment of year-round recreation opportunities: hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, birdwatching, trailrunning, rock climbing and camping. Cliffs and boulders abound, many of them ON PRIVATE LAND. If you don't have permission or don't know whether or not it is private, DON'T CLIMB THERE! For beta, consult the DB or email wvmgray@gmail.com.
Nearest town or city: Upper Tract, WV
Directions: From the south: Take 220 N from Franklin, just over 10 miles, to the town of Upper Tract. One mile past Upper Tract, look for Smokehole Road on your left, just before the two bridges, one concrete and the other a decommissioned single-lane iron bridge that used to be the only way across. The obvious sunny arch across river is Jake's Hill and is privately owned. No bolted routes or anchors and lots of loose/chossy rock, poisonous spiders and snakes for those who choose to trespass.

Routes directly beside the road at the entrance are Public Land... enjoy the broken bottles and crowded parking due to a massive continuous influx of sportsmen.

From the North: take Rte 220S from Petersburg (left at the light where 28/55 splits off to Seneca). Follow about 18 miles to bridges mentioned above, turn right.

Latitude, Longitude:
Access Issues: MANY private cliffs... don't go there if you don't KNOW it's NFS or have not signed a release (available from Valley Guiding Services CLIMB Project).
Camping: Yes
When to Climb: Autumn Spring Summer Winter
Quantity of Climbs: Year

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Forum Discussions (5 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies Monongahela National Forest: Smoke Hole Fire roninthorne 1 Nov 19 2013, 2:57 AM
With Replies New grub spot for Franklin and Seneca Rocks climbers roninthorne 2 Nov 05 2013, 7:46 AM
With Replies Snakes, ticks, and other creepy-crawlies roninthorne 3 Apr 24 2012, 11:19 AM
With Replies North Fork Mountain Wilderness Proposal roninthorne 4 Nov 18 2010, 11:33 AM
With Replies Eagle Rock Climber's Camping special roninthorne 7 Jun 01 2010, 3:58 PM