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Climbing at Bee Rock

Cross Fire - Bee Rock

Cross Fire 5.10

Rock Stats
Height ~ 100 feet 
Elevation ~ 1,450 feet
Latitude ~ N 36 07'19"
Longitude ~ W 85 17'07"

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.  

If your coming from out of town to climb here you should definitely consider staying at the Garden Inn. The rooms are about $135 per night and are very nice. We were very happy with our stay there, the food was excellent as were the rest of the accommodations.

There is NO camping at the rock and everyone except Inn guests must leave by 5:00 pm. Please respect the owners wishes so we can all continue to enjoy this great area.

Climbing Routes 
There are about 30 established climbing routes at Bee Rock with very few being bolted routes. Placing additional bolts is absolutely forbidden! So if you can not lead climb and place protection and do not want to top rope, go somewhere else! These routes range in difficulty from an easy 5.5, "Original Sin", to a considerably more difficult 5.12b, "Sail Rabbits". Bee Rock also has a couple of aid climbs from A2 to A3-.

My favorite routes include: "Life's a Beach" (5.10b), "Judy's World" (5.10c), "Summit Attempt" (5.10b), "Original Sin" (5.9+).

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 5:00 pm.

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