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“Nelson Rocks - Via Ferratta” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of NROCKS Outdoor Adventures

NROCKS Outdoor Adventures
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Owner description: NROCKS Outdoor Adventures, formerly known as the Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center, is a privately-owned adventure destination that encompasses 145 mountainous acres, including the two Tuscarora Quartzite fins of Nelson Rocks. Located in the beautiful North Fork Valley of Pendleton County, West Virginia, NROCKS is home to a Via Ferrata, The North Fork Valley Canopy Tour, and incredible guided rock climbing trips. Come visit and experience an adventure of a lifetime!
Bel Air, Maryland
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5 reviews
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“Nelson Rocks - Via Ferratta”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

Excellent trip and climb! My daughter and I did the Via Ferratta and had an excellent adventure. Camped at the tent site, very clean and almost flat, give or take. Staff very friendly and on the climb my 15 year old daughter never felt rushed or pushed. Thus after the first wall she gained her confidence and had no problem climbing the rest of the climb. She LOVED the bridge. I recommend this trip as a fun filled adventure!

Visited June 2013
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New Bern, North Carolina
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“So challenging and so much fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

I read about via ferratas in the US Airways in-flight magazine. After a quick Google search, I found Nelson Rocks just two hours (70 miles through the mountains) from Massanutten Resort in Virginia making it a long, all day event to get there, do the via ferrata, and get back. I'm so glad we went. The rocks themselves are an amazing geological feature that should be one of the wonders of the world. The welcome facility is new, clean, and comfortable. If you don't bring your own supples, they have them for sale there. (The actual equipment needed for the climb is provided.) Our group contained me (51 year old, 5' 2" female), my boyfriend (57 years old) and my boyfriend's son (16 years old, tall, lanky and very fit). Basically, you are linked into a cable system at all times and climbing on iron rungs through an extreme rock course. The course was challenging and a blast for all of us. (And yes, this WILL impress and challenge your teenager too.) Our guide, Nicole, was helpful, kind, and very, very patient. She seemed to have eyes in the back of her head to ensure our safety throughout the course. She's also very knowledgeable of the flora and fauna in the preserve. Two out of the three of us made it up the Head Wall, with one sitting out. I did it, but had wobbly legs near the top and still have sore arms a couple days later. I'm really glad I did make it though. What a challenge and view from the top. The bridge was very, very cool and after crossing it you immeiately head up another wall. Although we didn't stay in the cabins, they looked new and are a possibility for our next stay. Go ahead and do this course. The system to keep you safe is really, really good, but it certainly is a challenging and extreme experience.

Visited June 2013
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“5 stars for the adventures - 3 for the cabins”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Our group did the via ferrata and zip-line canopy tour and can't say enough good things about those. Josh, Nicole and Tory were all amazing guides. Nicole, in particular, was extremely aware of my fears and helped me through the via's most difficult parts (I did sit out the hardest part but she helped me deal with the rest by just chatting with me and showing me the best places to put my feet.)

We had wanted to stay at the campsite but there wasn't enough room for our large group so we got a cabin. Our group of 10 shared the Judy cabin, which, like the rest, is divided in 2, with 3 bunk beds (sleeps 6) on each side. We found out after we got there that one of the 4 cabins has heat and a spacious outdoor deck. We paid the same for no heat and no deck. (I know we would have had neither of these at the campsite but we paid extra for the cabins.)

The beds are twin-sized and the mattresses are very flat and hard. We pushed two together so we could have one large bed but the lump of wood in the middle made that pretty near impossible. Still, it was better than sleeping alone on those cold nights. Another couple in a different cabin brought an air mattress that could be blown up using the car plug. Definitely do that if you are not sharing a room with lots of people.

The sinks on the women's side of the bathroom did not work. They were turned off because of a tremendous leak that should be easy enough to repair but wasn't.

There is one campfire and 2 charcoal grills for cabins that can potentially sleep a total of 48. I'm sure they never have that many people but just be aware that you my have to wait your turn or you may want to bring your own camp grill.

The best parts of the cabin experience were:
All of it was very clean - cabins, bath house, kitchen
Wood was delivered
Kitchen house is very large and made food prep more convenient than we expected

The service and the fun made up for the cabin issues but just be prepared that they will not all be equally (or at all) comfortable. Stay at the campsite if you can!

Visited May 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Awesome and in awe of nature”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

My friends and I went in mid-October for the via ferrata and LOVED the experience. The via ferrata was just challenging enough to incite excitement and a bit of fear, but not so challenging that we were worn out. The guides (Tony and another guy) were super nice and never rushed us. Our group of about 14 took three hours to complete the via ferrata, and along the way, had plenty of opportunities to rest and take pictures. I would definitely recommend going in the fall because the view from above is breathtaking!

We stayed at one of the guest rooms for two nights. It feels like a motel room with all the amenities. If you do not want to camp or if it's too cold to camp, that is the way to go. The walls were a little thin so we could hear our neighbors. During our stay, a family that's staying in the yellow house across from the building with the guest rooms were drunk and yelling loudly at each other at 2 a.m. A woman stormed out yelling divorce...To other travelers, simmer down, nature has no place for your drama.

Visited October 2012
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Rockville, Maryland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing experience!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

We booked this trip without really knowing what to expect, and we were very pleasantly surprised. The guided tour up the rocks and across the suspension bridge was one of the best outdoor experiences we have ever had. The guides were very professional and extremely friendly, as was the rest of the staff. They made our safety a priority, but were not so overbearing that they prevented us from having fun. They were more than happy to take pictures of us, and were very patient whenever we had any issues.

The new facilities are very clean (although not especially roomy), and now they've added a zip-lining experience (canopy tour) that's a lot of fun. We would highly recommend this trip.

Visited October 2012
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