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Midwest Rock Climbing

The midwest is not all flat, and rock and ice climbing opportunities are tucked away and plenty if you are willing to drive to them. Rock climbing blends athleticism, balance and problem solving as climbers ascend rock faces using the intricate features of the rock. You can find a variety of sandstone, limestone, basalt and quartzite rock exposures to get your outdoor climbing fix. Browse our extensive, but not exhaustive guides to some of the classic rock climbing areas, routes and gear needed for rock climbing in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and beyond.

Illinois Rock Climbing

Illinois has a few rock and ice climbing opportunities interspersed throughout the state. Areas include traditional climbing and sport climbing opportunities. 

Northern Illinois

Mississippi Palisades

Central Illinois Climbing

Starved Rock Ice Climbing

Kankakee River State Park (Closed)

Southern Illinois Rock Climbing

Jackson Falls

Holy Boulders

Giant City State Park

Wisconsin Rock Climbing

Wisconsin has plenty to offer for rock and ice climbing, particularly in the Driftless Area of the state. 

Southwestern Wisconsin

Devil’s Lake Rock Climbing

Necedah Rock Climbing

Wyalusing Ice Climbing

Governor Dodge Ice Climbing

Western Wisconsin

Willow River State Park