5 Cool Rock Climbing Spots in Maryland

5 Cool Rock Climbing Spots in Maryland

From indoor rock climbing gyms to excellent routes in the central part of the state, Maryland offers plenty of opportunity to hone your climbing skills. Whether your style is more top rope or more bouldering, there’s something in the state for you. Here are five cool rock climbing spots in Maryland. 

1. Easy Layback

Easy Layback is the name of a route near Carderock, Maryland, in which climbers ascend the right-facing flake of a larger structure. Small in comparison to the gigantic mountains in other states, the Easy Layback route still offers plenty of fun foot jamming. Keep in mind, the trees and large boulders for top-rope anchors provide a bit of protection.

2. A Flake Called Lee

A Flake Called Lee is one of the most prominent trails in all of Maryland, and serves as many climbers’ first. Situated in the Sugarloaf Mountain Park near Frederick, Maryland, A Flake Called Lee offers 30 feet of straight-forward climbing with a five-mile walk-up. 

3. Earth Treks, Multiple locations

Earth Treks is one of the leading indoor rock climbing gyms in the Maryland area. Stop by any of their three locations, including one on Columbia, Timonium, and Rockville. They offer a rock wall, classes, and training.

4. Climb Zone, Laurel, MD

Climb Zone is one of the more popular amusement centers in Europe, and has just opened its first U.S. location, in Laurel, Maryland. They specialize in family entertainment, with an emphasis on introducing kids to the world of climbing. New climbers will enjoy the auto-belay system, which utilizes hydraulics to ensure climbers control their descent.

5. Terrapin Adventures, Savage, MD

Terrapin Adventures is more than just a rock climbing camp, although its 43-foot-high climbing tower is not to be scoffed at: It’s a full-on outdoor adventure park. Enjoy climbing their tower and zip lining down. Sign up for a camp, host a party, or come by with the family for an afternoon of outdoor fun.