Mocanaqua (aka Shickshinny)

About The Area

Mocanaqua is a small town located on the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County. Dispersed in the foothills, you will find several crags and boulder “gardens”. These include such area as Paradise, The Library, Squirrel Rock , Main Wall, The Boulder Garden, The Coal Bowl, Hawk Rock, The Penitentiary, and other sub areas. 

AmbassadorAaron Stredny
GuidebookNext Ascent Apps
Land ManagerDCNR State Forest, Earth Conservancy
Native LandSusquehannock and unverified portions


Paradise, Library, and Hawk Rock Closed to Climbing:
During the recent public OHV study meetings linked below, The Earth Conservancy has made it clear that they do not allow rock climbing on their land.  The Library, Paradise, and Hawk Rock all fall within Earth Conservancy Land, and are therefore closed to climbing.  The Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance of climbers is currently working with the Access Fund, Earth Conservancy, and DCNR to reopen these areas to climbing.  Please be respectful of this closure and utilize the other crags around Mocanaqua to avoid further jeopardizing our future access of these beloved crags.


 An OHV (off highway vehicle) recreation area feasibility study is currently underway. EPAC and the Access Fund are committed to representing climbing as the planning process progresses.  Updates will be posted below as information comes available.


In short, don’t do it! Dry tooling is expressingly prohibited at the Narrows for two reasons. First, the DCNR ROCK CLIMBING, RAPPELING, AND BOULDERING MANAGEMENT POLICY AND GUIDELINES actually prohibits all dry tooling on DCNR lands unless permission is given to do so. “Wait..what?” is the reaction that most people are having after reading that...
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On August 4, 2021, the Earth Conservancy held its second public meeting regarding the Newport Township OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) feasibility study. Over 10,000 acres of land, comprised of various parcels, is being considered. This includes all of the Mocanaqua climbing areas including the Library, Paradise, Main Wall, Squirrel Rock, Hawk Rock, The Penitentiary, and...
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Members of the EPAC and the Access Fund attended the virtual public meeting held on February 11, 2021. Rock Climbers were mentioned throughout the presentation as a user group of the area. Presentation slides and the meeting video can be found on the project website. EPAC and the Access Fund are reaching out to those...
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Mocanaqua in Northeast Pennsylvania includes areas such as Paradise, The Library, Squirrel Rock , Main Wall, The Boulder Garden, The Coal Bowl, Hawk Rock, The Penitentiary, and all of the sub areas. Newport Township is conducting a study to explore the creation of an Off Highway Vehicle Park on lands that include the Mocanaqua climbing...
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