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Rock Climbing Intro

Since State College is so mountainous, you have your pick as to where you would like to rock climb or rappel. One such location is in Donation, PA. Take PA 26 east toward Pine Grove Mills. Go over the mountain and follow until you get to a stop sign at McAlevy's Fort. At the stop sign you turn right (bearing left will take you out to Greenwood Furnace State Park). Follow PA 26 through McAlevy' s Fort. As long as you stay on PA 26, you will get to the Village of Donation. After passing through, there is a small church on the right. Make a right there and follow until you get to an elk farm. At the farm turn left and follow the road through the gap in the ridge. There may even be some anchors already there for you to use. This is on private property so you need to contact the PSU Outing Club.

Rock Climbing / Rappelling Locations

Panther Rocks

Directions From Anderson Creek (N of I-80, Exit 18), drive 3 miles East on Four Mile Rd. Panther Rocks are on the right

Level Beginner

Huntingdon Rocks

Directions Huntingdon Rocks are in Huntingdon above Juniata River & railroad tracks. Ask locals before entry of property to avoid trespassing.

Level Advanced

Coburn Area

Directions From Coburn (S of Hwy 45), cross bridge in town over Penns Creek. Follow road to rock on right. Coburn Rocks at roadside and above.

Level Beginner / Advanced

Pinnacle Rock in the Coburn Area

Directions Go 1 mile South of Coburn Rock. Park and cross RR trestle. Hike on path to left for Pinnacle Rock.

PSU Campus

Directions Hammond Wall (90' traverse), The Obelisk (L of Old Main).

Level Mixed Grades

Double Secret Quarry

Directions From Bellefonte, go south on Hwy 150 to Pleasant Gap. Follow Hwy 155 east to a right turn onto White Rock Rd. Follow this to the end. Walk path past gate and along farmer field to Pleasant Gap Quarries 150 yards from road.

Level Intermediate

Castanea Slab

Directions At Castanea (S of Lock Haven), Castanea Slab is on Hwy 220.

Level Intermediate

Big Rocks

Directions From Snowshoe (I-80 at Exit 22), drive W on Hwy 53. Turn N on Hwy 144 for about 30 mi. Turn left at Barney's Ridge Rd and follow to Big Rock's Vista Rd. Turn right and follow to Big Rocks on left.

Level Intermediate / Expert


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