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Cherokee Bluffs Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: AL to CO on Jul 20, 2010  with updates from Nick Metzger and 1 more
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Cherokee Bluffs is probably the only sport climbing crag in central Alabama. There are mostly top rope and sport routes, along the 200 yards of cliff line. All of the sport routes are fairly new, they have been bolted since 2004. Several of the routes here are undeveloped and needs some work to become a spot worth visiting on a regular basis. There is a trail that runs along the cliff that is unfinished, but still allows for decent belaying. There are many different routes that have been cleaned and climbed. Most of these are bolted and two of them have an anchor chain at the top the rest have shuts. Feel free to clean up a new route if you find one. There is a lot of potential out there that only needs a little love and affection. Please don't remove any plant life that is not necessary. Access to the rock is easy, it is a 20 yard hike from the car, and is fairly clean of underbrush. There used to be no hunting signs up on trees a few years ago. I have talked to the locals and they say that the power company owns the property. SO TREAD LIGHTLY. If someone asks you to leave just be cool and do it. It hasn't happened yet, but try to keep from conflict, and please clean up after yourself. Whatever you take in, be sure to take back out.

Nov. 2016 Update:

The property is in the process of being sold to Forever Wild. And they will build a park down there with a parking lot and picnic tables as well as a couple of hiking trails. The founder of Cherokee Alpine Ridge Trail Association will be building the trails and the park. He gave me permission to climb up there, add routes, and build trails.

Getting There 

FROM AUBURN: Its about a 30 min. drive from AU. Drive north on Donohue until it dead ends into county road 72. Take a left on 72 and follow it until it merges with county road 73, follow it for about a quarter of a mile and take your first right which puts you back on 72. The turn is next to two large dumpsters. Follow 72 until it intersects hwy 50. Take a left on 50 and follow it until it comes to a large bridge that goes over the Tallapoosa river, right next to Lake Martin dam. After the bridge head up the hill and take your first left on the Gold Mine Rd. Gold Mine Rd. then winds down the hill to a right hand switch back which turns into a dirt road that runs along the river. From here follow the road until you see the cliffs on your right, it is about a quarter mile from the last turn. The dirt road runs along the river with the river on your left. You will have to go around a road closed sign to get back far enough to see the cliffs which are on your right.

FROM MONTGOMERY: Take I 85 to Tallassee, cross over the Thurlow Dam and take a right onto 229 and follow it until you come to hwy 50 and take right onto 50 and follow it until you come to the bridge and take the road on your right just before you cross over the river.

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Weather station 0.6 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cherokee Bluffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cherokee Bluffs:
Salute Your Shorts   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   
Mud Puppy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Ka-Dunk A-Dunk   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   
Slim Jim   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Slim Jim 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13  Alabama : Cherokee Bluffs
15 feet right of Angie's Crack. Follow three bolt to open shuts. This is probably the hardest route out there....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alabama

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By captgoody
Mar 16, 2012
Anyone have any info with regard to Cherokee Rock Bluffs Alabama? Hotels/Motels or camping nearby? etc... shows 22 routes and I found something on the web for new untouched climbing wall across the river....
By RForbus
From: Hotlanta
Sep 26, 2013
Closest hotel would probably in Auburn,Al about a half hour away. There is camping there next to the river. Drive past the cliff line and you'll see a few spots for camping on the left as the road starts to up hill. I've been over to the other side, i didn't see anything worth fooling with.
By Mark Nunes
Nov 28, 2013
Good question! Where did you read that the crag was closed? I know Cherokee Bluffs, TN is closed.... Was thinking about checking it out this weekend.
By Chuck Crawford
May 19, 2014
Went to CB today...disappointed! Most routes are 25 feet high or less. There are bolts all over the place. Most routes have only two/three bolts! Must have 4 x 4 as well if you go after a heavy rain. Don't waste your time and gas...if your going to hit up Bama go to LRC or Jamestown.
By AL to CO
Jul 18, 2014
Apparently Chuck has never lived in South Alabama. If you want to avoid a 3+ hour drive to LRC then the 25ft routes area just fine.
By jonestyler22
From: Eau Claire
Oct 15, 2014
What is LRC?
By Travis K
Nov 28, 2014
Does anyone climb here any longer? Anyone want to check it out tomorrow?
By Chet Butterworth
From: Chattanooga
Jan 23, 2015
Any word on access issues or camping here as of late? I'm considering making a quick trip to get some first time climbers from Florida on some real rock and ropes. I've done some trail running in the area, so I understand the tenuous relationship with the power company. PM me if need be.
By Kyle Walton
Jan 27, 2015
(Any word on access issues or camping here as of late? I'm considering making a quick trip to get some first time climbers from Florida on some real rock and ropes. I've done some trail running in the area, so I understand the tenuous relationship with the power company. PM me if need be.)

Heading there from Florida this weekend pretty much the same situation haha do you want to meet up? Or if you already went were there any access issues? How was the rock? I imagine the area doesn't see to many climbers? Any news or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
By BirminghamBen
From: Birmingham, AL
Jan 28, 2015
Not wise to camp here.
Do yourself a favor and pound out the miles to Palisades or SR.
By Kyle Walton
Jan 28, 2015
We have a place to stay mostly looking to see some old friends in the area as well as climb a bit. Also looking for short walk up we have a baby and need fairly decent in out access and to cold for her to camp. Just looking to touch some rock any info and or advice on the area would be really helpful thanks.
By Brett Belcher
Jul 8, 2015
Went here yesterday on a whim for a quick day trip as this is the closest rope climbing outdoors to Jacksonville Florida, where I'm from. Genuinely disappointed with the climbing I found there. The trip still came out as a fun adventure/story to tell, but don't waste your time or money going here. Sorry Floridians, but for us there is NO such thing as a 1-day climbing trip. Just can't happen and that really does suck. The routes are not fun to climb, there are random screws in the rock (I assume from old bolts pulled out), the walls are so rarely visited that foliage has entirely taken over, just did not have a good experience with Cherokee Bluffs. Hopefully our trip to Foster Falls later this month will make up for it haha.
By Nolan Fulton
From: Montgomery,AL
Oct 28, 2016
I've been going and cleaning up the place. I dug some steps going up to some routes. The first set of steps you'll see goes the the main wall. The second set goes to the corner wall. I have also tried to finish cutting the trail that goes along the bluffs. This is a perfect place to come and climb if your only traveling like 1 1/2 hours. Some routes need to be re-bolted. (Going to work on that in the future). It definitely has potential..
(Update 11-4-16) . I have meet with the founder of the Cherokee Alpine Trail Association and walked along the bluffs and another trail further North. Forever Wild is in the process of acquiring the land that the bluffs are on. There will be hiking trails built along with picnic tables and parking and will become a park as soon as Forever Wild legally owns it. He assured me climbing will be allowed and will be "Climb at your own risk".
By samanthaspence
Jan 19, 2017
anyone live in the area that might want to meet up and climb sometime? I live in Mobile and have a bit of my own equipment but I'm lacking on ropes, cams, things like that. I would love to do some sport routes with someone familiar with them!
By heidi clarke
Mar 5, 2017
Any new information on this climbing site, especially regarding camping? in, is it allowed? We want to check it out this weekend, camping Friday night, climbing Saturday day. I just want to make sure we won't get towed or ticketed or anything...I'm assuming just primitive camping - take in, take out policy?

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