Future Looks Bright for Climbing at Breaks Interstate Park

Breaks Interstate Park (aka “Breaks”) is a unique 4,600 acre park that spans the mountainous border of both Virginia and Kentucky. The park includes the 5-mile long Breaks Canyon, one of the deepest canyons east of the Mississippi, which hosts the world-renowned Russell Fork white water run and extensive sandstone walls ideal for climbing. Climbing has never been officially allowed in the park, but is now being formally considered in the soon-to-be-revised master plan.

Access Fund, local volunteers, and Southwest Virginia Climbers Coalition have been working with park officials to provide input and support as they consider climbing management strategies. Following the final public input meeting in December, the park superintendent cast the future of climbing at Breaks in a positive light. The new 30-year master plan will be finalized this March, possibly creating a major new climbing resource in the East.

Learn more about the planning process.