Witches Hills, Ohio (OH)


Witches Hills, Ohio
22245 SR 78 Nelson, Ohio
United States
41° 21' 18.7092" N, 80° 58' 25.914" W

The story of Witches Hills as widely circulated among various ghost websites by anonymous sources is that a woman accused of witchcraft was executed and buried at this cemetery.  The townsfolk did not erect a marker, but instead built an iron fence around her grave, which was next to an old tree.  An indentation next to the tree inside the fence marks her grave. Whether or not you believe that “witches” were sacrificed on the hills near Athens, Ohio, the little concentration of rocks that lies on these hills is a great opportunity for fresh boulderers, young and old to develop their problem solving skills.

Climbing Routes

Back Section- V3 This climb is after cliff line reappears after the 200ft gap of rock. In this section will be the crack area and the large chossy cave that usually has a fire pit under it.  

  • Deal or No Deal- V3 This problem appears easy but is actually a nightmare for your ankles.

Front Section- V1-V4 This area includes the first cliff line and boulders that lie below.

  • Balance Slab- V2 A short slab problem to get you warmed up.
  • Coopers Arete- V3 Jugs lead to a seam crack with a nice sloper.
  • Drew’s Arete- V2 This is a sit start one move wonder.
  • Key Hole- V2 A fun problem with a tricky middle.
  • Key Hole Direct- V3 Lots of stretching in this problem. The taller you are the easier it is.
  • Lip Traverse- V2 This is a nice warm up with a fun corner to round.
  • Sandpaper- V4 This problem has the hardest top out at Witches Hills.  Bring your crash pads.
  • Witches Backside- V1 With a sit start on jugs, this is great for learning.
  • Witches Mantle- V1 This fun mantle is a great problem for little ones to try out.
  • Witches Traverse- V3 A great problem without a lot of fall potential.

Happy Hills Campground
22245 SR 78
Nelson, Ohio
Phone- 740-385-6720

Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Avenue
Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone- 866-593-6661

Take 33 South to Stimson/Co Rd 25 exit. Go Left at bottom of ramp, and make first left after that. Drive under freeway and park in small pull off to the right (just past the north exit ramp. There is a path that begins at the "drainage ditch" and heads up a gravely trail. It is a steep walk up - stay on the trail until you reach the top.