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Rock Climbing
Staunton Rocks Overview


Attention Climbers:

Seasonal closures to protect raptors are in effect from March 15 until July 31, or upon further notice for the following areas:

Rock Climbing Closures:

Lions Head

All sub walls of the Roughneck Area

Trail Closures:​

Lions Head loop


Rock climbing is just one of the many great recreation opportunities at Staunton State Park. It is important to be familiar with park rules and regulations before climbing. We do not require you to register before climbing but it is always wise to inform someone outside of your group where you are planning on climbing and what time you expect to be back. Please respect park hours of operation and be back at your vehicle before closing time. Hours are 6am to 10pm year-round.

Bolts, pitons and other fixed gear are not maintained by the park. Please do not place new bolts or fixed hardware without first obtaining a permit. The permitting process is managed by a group of volunteers from the climbing community. Information on permits for placing new bolts can be found at

Minimize Your Impact Every Time You Climb

Please make a conscious decision to minimize your impact every time you climb:

  • Stay on trails and belay pads.

  • Pack out all of your trash.  

  • Keep pets on a six foot or shorter leash and under control at all times. Please do not leave pets unattended at the base of a climb.  

  • Use the park's restroom facilities whenever possible. Bring a wag bag and pack your poop out. If you must, bury feces and paper in an 8" deep hole and at least 200 feet from water runoff areas and trails.

In case of an emergency, call 911 immediately.