Bee Rock, Tennessee (TN)


Bee Rock, Tennessee
United States
36° 7' 44.4" N, 85° 17' 11.04" W

Bee Rock is one of the more popular climbing areas in middle Tennessee. Located on private property near Monterey Tennessee belonging to The Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast, the owners have been gracious enough to allow the public to continue to use this area for climbing, hiking and caving.  By 1895 Monterey was flourishing and by 1899 Monterey was on its way to becoming one of Tennessee’s leading tourist attractions. Monterey’s location on the Cumberland Plateau, 2000 feet above sea level and midway between Nashville and Knoxville made it the perfect destination point.  Bee Rock is also known for its spectacular views, especially in the autumn.

Climbing Routes

Headwall - 5.9-5.11d These climbs start where The Headwall meets the lower cliffs.

  • Belching Bitch - 5.9 This climb continues up the rock and is a great warm up. (Traditional)
  • Bad To The Bone - 5.11b Short but feisty, this climb will test your strength. (Traditional)
  • Carpal Circus - 5.11b A small overhand climb leads to a prow.  (Traditional)
  • Coffee and Cream - 5.10d This face climb goes right up the water streak. (Traditional)
  • Lichen Magic - 5.9 A left to right climb, this route has a nice top out. (Traditional)
  • Life’s a Beach - 5.10b Below the roof and up to the top, this climb is a direct line. (Traditional)
  • One For The Sun - 5.11d A tricky climb past the horizontals leads to a wicked crux. (Traditional)
  • Rock Me Amadeus - 5.10d Slopers keep this route exciting.  (Traditional)
  • Summit Attempt - 5.10b This is the second pitch of the lower cliff climb. (Traditional)
  • Troll’s Handshake - 5.10c Traverse left until beneath a strange roof band. Go through the roof and continue up chocolate colored rock. (Traditional)

Lower Cliff - 5.5-5.13a The rock can be a little dirty since it does not get climbed much but the climbs are worth it. (All Traditional Climbing)

  • Three Teeth - 5.5 Climb up the wide crack and up the blocky dihedral.
  • Approach Slabs - 5.6 These slabs are the easiest climb up to the headwall.
  • Brother’s In Arms - 5.11d Face climbing leads to an old bolt and a small roof.
  • Conversing With Otis - 5.9 Climb up the flake to finish on the left terrace.
  • Death As A Challenger - 5.11b Start on the blunt arete, climbing through shallow cracks until you reach a horizontal.
  • Exit Zero - 5.9 Start on the easy slabs to the right and continue up the overhangs to the top.
  • Heart Throb - 5.11b Climb the arete staying on its left side. Finishes on the right terrace under the headwall.
  • Hueco Monkey - 5.10b Follow the bolts up to shut anchors.
  • Judy’s World - 5.10c Hard face climbing leads to a bulge and climb through on the left to the ledge.
  • Life’s a Beach - 5.10b This wall climb is long and strenuous.
  • Living in a Crossfire - 5.11a 
  • Love Monster - 5.11d Lots of flake makes this climb difficult.
  • Mark Cartwright Never Wore Lycra - 5.11a Go to the highest roof and then climb higher!
  • Original Sin - 5.9 A nice face climb.
  • Raining Z’s - 5.9 Easy slabs lead to another great face climb.
  • Roof Top O’Toole - 5.10b Climb up to the small roof and continue up to the top of the cliff. Can be done in two pitches if you belay from on top of the roof on a small ledge.
  • Sail Rabbits - 5.12b On top of the block, climb straight up.
  • Summit Attempt - 5.10b Climb the cracks and face to the right terrace beneath the headwall.
  • Synchronicity - 5.9 This rounded overhang great for learning.
  • Three Teeth - 5.5 A small overhang with large holds makes for a great warm up.
  • Tuff Enuff - 5.13a This climb starts on shallow discontinuous corners and gets harder.
  • Water Route - 5.10b Climb the corner to a horizontal band, go right and up to a diagonal ramp and continue to the ledge.

The Garden Inn At Bee Rock
1400 Bee Rock Road
Monterey, TN 38574

From I-40 in Middle Tennessee take exit #300 in Monterey. Turn right when coming from the West, or left when coming from the east. Go approximately 2/10 of a mile on Hwy 70 to Bee Rock Road, turn left. Go approximately 1/2 mile to a gate and small parking area at a former campground and park here. To get to Bee Rock cross the small steel gate and hike past the old campground building and continue down the dirt road for about 2/10ths of a mile where the trail ends at the top of Bee Rock. Remember you must leave the Bee Rock parking area by 5:00pm.

Latitude: 36.129
Longitude: -85.2864