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“West Virginia's Eiger Mountain - well, almost”

NROCKS Outdoor Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: NROCKS Outdoor Adventures 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! NROCKS also offers a variety of on-site lodging options including tent camping, primitive cabins, motel rooms and the Yellow House Inn rental house.
Reviewed October 15, 2013

They say that Via Ferrata is Italian for "Iron Road" - Nelson Rocks' Via Ferrata means AWESOME in every language! My daughter and I spent about 4 hours clipping and climbing this weekend and had a BLAST. We've never done any climbing beyond trying to scale the climbing wall once or twice at vacation resorts but one of the beauties of the Via Ferrata is that no experience is necessary. They fit you up with all the gear you need and teach you how to use it in about 10 minutes. Moderately uncomfortable at heights - aren't we all? My palms sweat just looking at the pictures that we took! At times my legs were shaking but I wasn't sure whether it was from fatigue or fear (or both)! Check out the pictures on the Nelsonrocks.org website and TRUST ME, those are the real deal - no camera angles used to make it look scary. The views from the tops of the fin are amazing - the fall colors were in full bloom this past weekend! This is a GREAT activity to do as a family, with some friends, or as an office team building event. Make sure you have a little backpack with some water in it and whatever you do don't leave your camera behind! Josh and Tony served as our small group's guides and did an amazing job at keeping us safe, making it fun, and ensuring that we all got through it. The only down side to Nelson Rocks is that there really is nothing nearby - restaurants, stores, hotels, etc. On second thought, though, that's also one of the things that makes it so great. We drove 3 hours to get there, spent 4+ hours climbing, then went to Canaan Valley resort to spend the night. This is not something you do when you're "in the area" ... make a plan and do it - you won't be sorry! Oh, who can do it? Anyone who puts their mind to it - I'm nearly 60 and spend 12 hours a day sitting behind a desk.

Date of experience: October 2013
9  Thank sliptak
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Wonderful guided adventure. The Via Ferrata is super cool and the views are unmatched. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend the Via Ferrata to anyone. Second best attraction in WV behind the fall Gauley whitewater season. The Via Ferrata requires a 5 mile hike up and down steep terrain and lots of stamina to complete the climb but is so worth the effort. Views were unmatched. The tour passes a very rare American Chestnut tree over 150' up the cliff. The zip lines were OK. The Nelson Rock Preserve also offers camping, lodging and day use passes for their land ($5). Wear layered quick dry clothing, sturdy shoes and sun glasses. Via Ferrata tour will be rescheduled or refunded without penalty if the weather is bad. Truly a magical place. Close to Seneca Rocks. Good eats, lodging and micro brews available in and around Davis, WV. Via Ferrata tour runs year round! They have a great website if you have questions or want more info. Friendly staff even on the phone! Bring lots of water! Via Ferrata tour will take 4-5 hours with a big group.

Date of experience: October 2013
3  Thank greenluck007
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

a great overall experince to start my whirlwind tour of west Virginia. .. the guides are awesome, thanks matt and cody.
the office staff was very helpful, and I enjoyed the cabins
I would suggest this to anyone who seeks adventure.

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank crossroads2013
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

I loved our trip on the via! We had an outstanding guide and a small lovely group. We had amazing weather and great views! If you have an extra $100 or so to spend, go here!

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank sjk520
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

LOVE this place. We just got back from our 6th trip at Nelson Rocks. The VIA is always so much fun and our guide, Josh, was amazing. We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather. The staff is always extremely helpful, friendly and professional. The last time we went, we were expecting to do a moonlight climb but the weather did not cooperate. The staff rescheduled the climb for the next day and gave us back the difference in price. They are always so willing to accommodate. We stayed in the cabins which have had many upgrades since we first started going in 2010. There is now a bath house with running hot water. The cabins have solar power so there is a little light. I love it there and it's such a nice weekend getaway.

Date of experience: September 2013
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