Champe Rocks Historical Marker
This historical marker relates the history of the rock formations named in honor of John Champe, a soldier during the Revolutionary War. The rocks reach 2,257 feet above sea level and were part of the West Virginia Maneuver Area during the early 1940s, a site used to train members of the United States military as mountaineers.
Backstory and Context
During World War II, Champe Rocks were used along with several other rock formations as American military training camps. The United States military observed how similar the West Virginia mountains were to those in Italy. The soldiers that trained here became known as the Mountain Training Group and were also known as ski troopers or snow soldiers. Along with rock climbing, soldiers were able to take nearby classes to learn how to use pack mules and carrier pigeons.