Monongahela Climbing Management Plan

Last updated: November 5, 2020

The Monongahela National Forest is developing a Climbing Management Plan for the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. The Forest Service is solicitating input and running a series of public workshops to better understand the needs and impact of various recreational activities in the area.

The Spurce Knob-Seneca Rocks area is home to a great deal of local climbing areas. These include Seneca, one of the premiere trad climbing destinations of the Mid Atlantic area and a significant location to the development of climbing as a sport in the U.S.; Smoke Hole Canyon, a well developed and increasingly popular sport and trad area; and numerous other climbing destinations.

PATC-MS is helping to compile and present a clearer picture of climbers' relationship with the area. To that end, PATC-MS is working with multiple climbing groups active in the area as well as the Forest Service to circulate survey(s) and put together drafts of potential policy proposals for the Climbing Management Plan.

Anyone may contact these groups directly through email: Anyone with any interest is encouraged to participate!

Additionally, anyone can submit thoughts and comments directly to the Forest Service. Additional information about the workshops regarding the Climbing Management Plan can be found on the Forest Service's webpage:

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