The Ijams Crag
The Ijams Crag is Knoxville’s only outdoor rock climbing area. This area is currently closed to unsupervised open climbing while Ijams works through an insurance issue, but plans are to re-open the site as soon as possible.
The Ijams Crag is located just off the Burnett Ridge Trail in the Ross Marble section of Ijams and offers outdoor climbing opportunities for both beginner and experienced climbers. The site features a cliff line with moderate grades, solid rock, reliable access and close proximity to downtown Knoxville.
Photos by Paul Efird
The Ijams Crag was created by some of Knoxville’s most experienced climbers including Benjy Darnell, Kelly Brown, Robert Blackwell, Sam Adams and Charlie VanAnda. A cadre of volunteers helped build and now maintain the existing climbing routes while working to complete the remaining routes. Ijams staff support their work by maintaining and improving the areas surrounding the Crag.
This outdoor experience would not be possible without the support of River Sports Outfitters, Patagonia, Lowes, Nick Pavlis (Knoxville City Council) and the City of Knoxville.
This is a climb-at-your-own-risk area. Obtain proper training and guidance before climbing. Rock climbing and associated activities such as rappelling are inherently dangerous. You alone are responsible for your safety. Substantial risk of injury and death exist. Permission to climb at Ijams is conditioned upon your assumption of all risk of injury to person and property. Climbing risks include, but are not limited to, falling; collisions with both man-made and natural objects; falling rocks, ice and other debris; failure of equipment or anchors; adverse weather; human error; slippery surfaces; and negligence of others.
Directions from Ijams/Island Home Ave.: Turn left on Gilbert Lane (opposite Island Home Baptist Church), turn left on Belvedere Ave., then turn right on Aberdeen Lane. Continue right at the fork on Aberdeen. There is limited parking at this entrance. Alternatively, park at Ijams at Mead’s Quarry and hike in along the Imerys Trail to Burnett Ridge Trail (approx. 1 mile).
Ways to Help
- DONATE TO IJAMS. Donations help with the cost of hardware, lumber and staff time to develop the area around the Crag.
- Help on volunteer work days. All workdays are posted on our EVENTS CALENDAR.
- LEARN MORE. Ijams offers Climbing Workshops and Day Trips through the IJAMS OUTDOOR ACADEMY.
- CARPOOL. Parking is limited at the Crag entrance.
- DRIVE SLOWLY. The entrance to the Crag is in a residential area with families and children. Driving responsibly helps us maintain good relationships with our neighbors.
- BE GOOD STEWARDS. Respect other users, the environment and our neighbors through good stewardship practices. Observe the ACCESS FUND PACT.