Cherokee Bluff is currently closed to climbing. This page will be updated if anything changes.
This area has a handful of sport routes located a short distance from downtown Knoxville. Half of the routes are accessed from a trail midway up the bluff and the other half are accessed by rappelling down from the trail. The cliff is right next to (and in) Ft. Loudon Lake. Sunny and exposed. And usually not many climbers. A great place for a little afternoon climbing if you're tired of the gym.
Take Alcoa Highway (129 South) out of downtown Knoxville. Turn right onto Montlake Dr. after 2-4 miles. Take the first right onto Craighead, bear left at the fork to a dead end. There will be a short trail to your right. Take to get to the bluff.
Don't forget Khowe765 that this property is private property and has, as you mentioned, No Trespassing signs on it...trying to find another way to climb this area is still trespassing. For general future access sake in this area, please don't trespass, and if you do, please don't advertise it across the internet. Cherokee Bluffs is a small fish in a big pond and access problems definitely don't need to originate from here.
ETCC is currently working on projects to re-open Cherokee Bluffs, possibly partnering with the Legacy Parks Foundation. The landowner wants to preserve the land, but is not willing to let climbers climb there for liability reasons.
In the meantime, DO NOT climb here, as climbing could jeopardize any negotiations that may occur in the future.
I just saw a few climbers on Cherokee Bluff while running at a park across the river. Not sure if it's open or they were trespassing. Anyone got any updates? I stare at those cliffs all the time, I'd be super amped if they had been opened back up!