Kings Bluff, Tennessee (TN)
In the late 18th century, Native Americans passed through the Natchez Trace, scaling bold cliffs without a safety rope and molding the limestone beneath their toes. King’s Bluff, located in Clarksville, Tennessee, is almost ten acres of limestone crag, waiting for you to retrace the steps of some of the earliest Americans. There are routes ranging from 5.3 to 5.13, based on the Yosemite Decimal System. The entire area was donated to the Southeastern Climbers Coalition in 2002 after it had been overrun with vandalism. After parking near the Max Court cul-de-sac, climbers can take short walk through some of the only remaining American Chestnut trees to the base cliff while sounds of the rippling Cumberland River can be heard as you gear up and begin your adventure.
- Walt’s Wall- 5.10 Overall climbers say the safety rating on this route is G, but feel that this climb is rougher than it looks. Bolts are spread quite a bit apart and the use of a tricam may be needed depending on the climber’s size. (Sport)
- Dynamic Wall- 5.10 Don’t be afraid of the seemingly swaying tree that the cable anchors around, this long climb is easy enough to allow the climber to enjoy the breathtaking view. (Sport)
- Kings Bluff East- 5.10 Climbers say that this wall is a great climb for women. (Sport)
- High Water Wall- 5.10 This climb is fluid and smooth. (Sport)
- The Quiet Zone- 5.9 Stocked with a tricky midsection, this climb requires a bit more analyzing when making a move. (Sport)
- The Descent Wall- 5.10 Climbers say this is an average climb, on the easier side of a 5.10.
- The Beach- 5.5 This route opens up with a tedious opening move but mixes it up by throwing in a few balancing acts. (Traditional/Sport)
- Cake Walk Wall- 5.6 Brush up on your technique for this one! Smearing, balancing, and laybacking will get your blood pumping on this route. (Sport)
- Kings Bluff West- 5.9 A challenging route, but worth the view! (Sport)
- Lonesome Wall- 5.8 Climbers say that this is the best route to warm up on and get that blood flowing throughout your body with technical short moves. (Sport)
- The Alley- 5.4 An easy route with lots of fun moves, great for the beginner. (Sport)
- Politician’s Wall- No Rating A great spot to hit after The Beach. (Sport)
- The Corner- No Rating A great combination of scenery, starting in a cave and ending with a stellar view of the river. (Traditional)
- The Orchard- 5.8 This route will trick you with its easy start because it ends out with a tough set of fun moves. (Sport)
King’s Bluff no longer locks the gate at the entrance to the cliffs. The SCC simply asks that you close it when leaving. It is acceptable to stay overnight in a vehicle if you wish, but they try to keep the gate closed overnight to defer any type of party crowd from using the park for mischief.
Clarksville RV Park $24.00/night 2 people per camp site
1270 Tylertown Rd.
Clarkesville, TN 37040
Phone: (931) 648-8638
Red River Camping $10.00/night ($5 for kids)
8002 Hwy 41
N Adams, TN 37010
Phone: (615) 696-2768 (Jeff)
Holiday Inn Express
700 Sango Road, Clarksville, TN –
Phone: (931) 358-5800
South 1112 Highway 76, Connector Rd. ,
Clarksville , TN
Phone; (931) 358-2020
Days Inn Clarksville
1100 Highway 76, Connector Rd. ,
Clarksville , TN
635 Huntco Drive,
Phone: (931) 358-0810
Directions Go on I-24 West to exit #11 (Clarksville/Adams). Turn left on state road 76. Continue about 3 miles, to a four-way intersection (Kmart on the left). Continue straight for another 2.7 miles to Max Court (just past the BP station, which is on the right). Turn left onto Max Court.