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What to Expect
Hidden Valley is a sandstone cliff band ranging up to about 70 feet high. The climbing is mostly face climbing, with some large roofs, corners and aretes thrown in for good measure. Most of the 200 or so routes are well bolted sport climbs with a handful of trad and mixed routes. Grades range from 5.5 to 5.13, with a large number of 5.10s, 5.11s and 5.12s.
Hidden Valley is located just North of Abingdon, VA. From Abingdon, take 19 North for a few miles. Keep an eye out for signs for Hidden Valley Lake / Hidden Valley Wildlife Area on the right and take a right onto Hidden Valley Rd (state road 690). Drive up the paved road, hitting some steep switchbacks and then look for the CCC parking lot on the right. A trail across the street will lead you to the left-hand side cliffs and one from the lot will take you to the right-hand side. This is the preferred approach, but you can also hike up the road and access the cliff that way from the Brumley Mountain trail in the DGIF (VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries) parking lot. Walk that trail just a short distance towards the woods and then take a left on an obvious trail. Follow that to the cliff. If you pass the Brumley Mountain Trail sign, you missed the turn.
The new parking lot on our property is complete, open and should be the preferred lot for climbers at Hidden Valley. It's the large lot on the right at the top of the switchbacks, about 400 feet below the DGIF lot. Trails from here will lead you from the lot to the left-hand and right-hand side cliffs. Parking in this lot does not require a permit.
Please maximize the spaces in the lot and park in a way so that others can easily get in and out as well. Please do not camp in the parking lot.
The DGIF-owned Low Gap lot at the top of the hill is closed to climber parking from October 1 through January 7th. Please respect this closure. This is not really an issue as we now have a lot for climber parking! If you wish to park in the DGIF lot during the non-closure time you will need to acquire a day use permit or hold a valid Virginia hunting, fishing, or trapping license or boat registration. Details and links to that permit are available on the DGIF website.
There are a number of dogs that live in the neighborhood around Hidden Valley and hunting dogs are sometime around as well. We strongly recommend leaving your pet at home. If you do bring your dog, please be sure to keep it leashed and under control at all times, be sure your pet has plenty of food and water and is safely out of the way of other climbers. No one wants to step in dog waste, so pack accordingly and clean up after your pet and pack it out.
A guidebook is available from Ground Up Publishing:, you can order it online.