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Cherokee Bluffs  


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Location: 32.6827, -85.9064 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: AL to CO on Jul 20, 2010  with updates from Nick Metzger
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Cherokee Bluffs is probably the only sport climbing crag in central Alabama. There are mostly top rope and sport routes, along the 200 yards of cliff line. All of the sport routes are fairly new, they have been bolted since 2004. Several of the routes here are undeveloped and needs some work to become a spot worth visiting on a regular basis. There is a trail that runs along the cliff that is unfinished, but still allows for desent belaying. There are many different routes that have been cleaned and climbed. Most of these are bolted and two of them have an anchor chain at the top the rest have shuts. Feel free to clean up a new route if you find one. There is alot of potential out there that only needs a little love and affection. Please dont remove any plant life that is not neccesary. Access to the rock is easy, it is a 20 yard hike from the car, and is fairly clean of under brush. There used to be no hunting signs up on trees a few years ago. I have talked to the locals and they say that the power company owns the property. SO TREAD LIGHTLY. If someone asks you to leave just be cool and do it. It hasnt happened yet, but try to keep from conflict, and please clean up after yourself. Whatever you take in, be sure to take back out.

Getting There 

FROM AUBURN: Its about a 30 min. drive from AU. Drive north on Donohue until it dead ends into county road 72. Take a left on 72 and follow it until it merges with county road 73, follow it for about a quarter of a mile and take your first right which puts you back on 72. The turn is next to two large dumpsters. Follow 72 until it intersects hwy 50. Take a left on 50 and follow it until it comes to a large bridge that goes over the Tallapoosa river, right next to Lake Martin dam. After the bridge head up the hill and take your first left on the Gold Mine Rd. Gold Mine Rd. then winds down the hill to a right hand switch back which turns into a dirt road that runs along the river. From here follow the road until you see the cliffs on your right, it is about a quarter mile from the last turn. The dirt road runs along the river with the river on your left. You will have to go around a road closed sign to get back far enough to see the cliffs which are on your right.

FROM MONTGOMERY: Take I 85 to Tallassee, cross over the Thurlow Dam and take a right onto 229 and follow it until you come to hwy 50 and take right onto 50 and follow it until you come to the bridge and take the road on your right just before you cross over the river.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.2 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cherokee Bluffs:
Salute Your Shorts   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   
Mud Puppy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Slim Jim   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Slim Jim 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13  AL : Cherokee Bluffs
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By captgoody
Mar 16, 2012
Anyone have any info with regard to Cherokee Rock Bluffs Alabama? Hotels/Motels or camping nearby? etc... rockclimbing.com shows 22 routes and I found something on the web for new untouched climbing wall across the river....
By RForbus
From: Hotlanta
Sep 26, 2013
Closest hotel would probably in Auburn,Al about a half hour away. There is camping there next to the river. Drive past the cliff line and you'll see a few spots for camping on the left as the road starts to up hill. I've been over to the other side, i didn't see anything worth fooling with.
By Mark Nunes
Nov 28, 2013
Good question! Where did you read that the crag was closed? I know Cherokee Bluffs, TN is closed.... Was thinking about checking it out this weekend.
By Chuck Crawford
May 19, 2014
Went to CB today...disappointed! Most routes are 25 feet high or less. There are bolts all over the place. Most routes have only two/three bolts! Must have 4 x 4 as well if you go after a heavy rain. Don't waste your time and gas...if your going to hit up Bama go to LRC or Jamestown.
By AL to CO
Jul 18, 2014
Apparently Chuck has never lived in South Alabama. If you want to avoid a 3+ hour drive to LRC then the 25ft routes area just fine.