By Mat Stevens
Rock climbing calls for physical strength and determination—it’s one of the most daring and thrilling hobbies one can take up. From its physical benefits to the stunning new sights it affords, rock climbing is a rewarding sport. In Ohio, you’ll find a variety of places, from nature preserves to quarries, that provide a perfect place to hone your skills. Here are five cool rock climbing spots in the state.
Beach City Nature Preserve has several great spots to climb including the “Big Wall,” the Dundee Falls Corner, Hobo Cave, the Lower Springs Quarries, the Railroad Boulders, and the Three Beach Rocks, so you can hike around and make a day of it!
The Logtown Quarries near Lisbon is a sunny spot with shady trees that's a little off the beaten path, but it's well known by locals as a great little rock climbing spot. With 70 total rock climbing routes, you'll never run out of experiences to have there!
The Bridle Trail Rocks near Athens make for a great rock climbing spot if you're looking for something a bit more challenging than your typical climbing destination. There are dozens of different climbing possibilities to be explored on this boulder!
Lake Vesuvius is named for the old Vesuvius Iron Furnace in the Wayne National Forest. Take a hike around the 143-acre lake or through the 1,200 acres of land and hit up several great cliffs and ledges for rock climbing to fill out your day!
This not too isolated yet not too busy climbing spot makes for a perfect days’worth of climbing. There are 25 climbing routes available, and the area is mostly tree covered.