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Cherokee Bluff (CLOSED TO CLIMBING) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: T. Faust on May 18, 2010
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Cherokee Bluff is currently closed to climbing. This page will be updated if anything changes.


This area has a handful of sport routes located a short distance from downtown Knoxville. Half of the routes are accessed from a trail midway up the bluff and the other half are accessed by rappelling down from the trail. The cliff is right next to (and in) Ft. Loudon Lake. Sunny and exposed. And usually not many climbers. A great place for a little afternoon climbing if you're tired of the gym.

Getting There 

Take Alcoa Highway (129 South) out of downtown Knoxville. Turn right onto Montlake Dr. after 2-4 miles. Take the first right onto Craighead, bear left at the fork to a dead end. There will be a short trail to your right. Take to get to the bluff.

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By Jonathan Petsch
From: Chattanooga, TN
Aug 29, 2010
Just for your information, this area has been closed to climbing.
By Andrew R.
From: Linden, VA
Dec 20, 2010
Anyone know why this place was closed? Was it by the people who own the big ass house on the hill or by the city??? Any work on getting it open ever again?
By Reece Henson
From: Knoxville, TN
Feb 3, 2011
apparently someone (not a climber) tried to jump off the top so the owners saw it as a liability. I have talked to the access fund about opening it back up but haven't really gotten far.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jul 2, 2013
Thank you for your efforts, Reece.
By Brad Caldwell
From: Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Sep 26, 2013
Don't forget Khowe765 that this property is private property and has, as you mentioned, No Trespassing signs on it...trying to find another way to climb this area is still trespassing. For general future access sake in this area, please don't trespass, and if you do, please don't advertise it across the internet. Cherokee Bluffs is a small fish in a big pond and access problems definitely don't need to originate from here.
By khowe
From: Knoxville, TN
Feb 11, 2014
ETCC is currently working on projects to re-open Cherokee Bluffs, possibly partnering with the Legacy Parks Foundation. The landowner wants to preserve the land, but is not willing to let climbers climb there for liability reasons.

In the meantime, DO NOT climb here, as climbing could jeopardize any negotiations that may occur in the future.
By scfarris
Apr 23, 2014
I just saw a few climbers on Cherokee Bluff while running at a park across the river. Not sure if it's open or they were trespassing. Anyone got any updates? I stare at those cliffs all the time, I'd be super amped if they had been opened back up!

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