Land Manager: CCC, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Guides and Info :
A guidebook is available from Ground Up Publishing, you can order it online or find it at climbing shops in the region.
Area rep: Mike Trew [email protected]
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 gravel CCC parking lot with the kiosk 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.
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!.
The cliff line at Hidden Vallley is owned and managed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, climbers 17 and older should purchase a day use permit (there is an annual permit option) if you do not hold a Virginia hunting, fishing, trapping license or boat registration. Access permits can be puchased in-person or online, more info is available directly from DGIF.
It is very important that visitors to Hidden Valley keep a low profile. The CCC owns the access to the cliff and the base of some of the cliff, but it is important to note that we do not own all of the base or all of the cliffs. Private land owners own some of the the cliff and access as well, including the land left of Meat Wall. These land owners are great neighbors and have given verbal permission to the CCC that they do not mind people walking on their property to access the cliffs. The land owners ask that noise be kept to an absolute minimum, especially during hunting season. BE QUIET AND RESPECTFUL AT ALL TIMES.
There are a number of dogs that live in the neighborhood around Hidden Valley and hunting dogs are sometime around as well. In addition, adjacent land owners hunt on their property and have asked that climbers do not bring dogs onto their property. In order to reduce the potential for conflicts, PLEASE DON'T BRING YOUR DOG TO HIDDEN VALLEY.