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Bee Rock

  • Grade context: US
  • Ascents: 5

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Summary

This is now a city park of the city of Monterey, TN. Open to the public. There are adjacent cliff bands up for consideration to add to the area, but currently they are on private land.

Description

Native Americans named Bee rock as it was a reliable place to get honey. It is a tourist attraction also as the view is stunning from the top. Most of climbs on either side however are well shaded by trees.

Access issues

Recently acquired by town of Monterey through the Effort of TN Green, The Access Fund and SE Climbers Coalition. Before that it Was closed to climbing as the adjacent bands still are.

Approach

Exit I40 to US 70 N. You will be across I40 from the main part of Monterey. Head west and within a few hundred yards turn onto Bee Rock Road. There is a B&B on the left. DO NOT park there for climbing. There is adequate parking further on. You enter on top of the climbs. There are trails to bottom. Some of the descent gullies are really steep.

Where to stay

A couple of chain motels and a large RV/Camping area (almost an attraction in it's own right) are very near the climbs. Here is Monterey's tourism website: https://www.exploremontereytn.com/

Ethic

Please behave yourself and don't litter and carry out all waste. People are watching and if climbing is to return to the other bands, examples must be set. If those bands are open to climbing this will become another major climbing area in TN.

History

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Climbers from Tennessee Tech started putting up routes in the 1970's. Eddie Whittemore published Heart of Stone: A climbing Guide to the Cumberland Plateau which includes Bee Rock and the aforementioned cliff bands on private land (56 pages). This is out of print but and old TN climber may have one. Currently Monterey City Parks advertises 27 marked routes (these are the bolted ones). Three are trad routes and multipitch routes.

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