Anyone looking for a unique way to view the majestic mountains of Pendleton County and have the experience of a lifetime should check out the Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center, which provides the perfect solution with incredible rock climbing, via ferrata climbing, a canopy tour and miles of hiking trails.
Located in the picturesque North Fork Valley of Pendleton County, the center strives to focus on adventure, education and preservation. Formerly known as the Nelson Rocks Preserve, the NROC is a privately owned nature preserve encompassing 145 mountainous acres.
Named for a large fin-like rock formation, known as Nelson Rocks, the NROC is home to many "fins" including Champe, Seneca and Judy.
One of the popular features of NROC is the Via Ferrata. According to the NROC's website, a Via Ferrata is "a mountain route equipped with fixed ladders, cables and bridges in order to be accessible to climbers and walkers." The permanently installed anchor systems allow individuals without technical rock climbing skills accessibility to experience the mountainous terrain by a unique form of transportation. The Via Ferrata spans 3.5 miles in length with a 200-foot-long, 150-foot-high suspension bridge. The journey gains a total of 1,085 feet and a gain/loss of 1,085 feet in elevation along the journey.
The NROC also offers a three and a half-hour-long North Fork Valley Canopy Tour. The guided tour allows participants to explore Pendleton County in an entirely new way. Participants get fitted into a seat and chest harness before getting zipped across ziplines spanning natural bowls in the North Fork Valley.
NROC also offers on-site lodging options with recently added guest rooms. Visitors can choose to conveniently stay in the Yellow House Inn vacation house, rustic cabins or tent camping.
For more information about the NROC, anyone interested can visit www.nelsonrocks.org or call 877-435-4842.