BEE ROCK OVERLOOK

 

With its spectacular views and easy access from Interstate 40 near Cookeville, Bee Rock remains a must-see for anyone looking for a quick hike or wanting to test their climbing skills.

For decades, Bee Rock has drawn people from across Tennessee to climb its rocky face or to picnic at the top of the overlook located at the end of a 0.7-mile trail. Many hikers and climbers visited the property while it was still in the private ownership of the Walker family. In December of 2018, Bob Walker donated a conservation easement to TennGreen at Bee Rock, limiting future construction and timbering on the land, and providing permanent public access to the property. With the conservation easement in place, Mr. Walker generously gave the property to the Town of Monterey for its use as a public park. 

 

Beginning in 2016, TennGreen, Mr. Walker, the Town of Monterey, and Putnam County undertook numerous meetings to determine a process to conserve Bee Rock and ensure its future availability for the public. Although Mr. Walker had many options for his land, he wanted to guarantee the overlook at Bee Rock always remained as a destination for hikers, picnickers, birders, climbers, and all those who are inspired by its natural beauty. The team worked together to draft a conservation easement specifying public access while also limiting timber harvest and development.

 

The Town of Monterey, who now owns the property, may build one small bathroom facility and a parking area, as well as any improvements as necessary to ensure the safety of those that visit the scenic overlook.

For more information on TennGreen easements, click here or call us at (615) 329-4441.

To view photos from the Bee Rock Land Dedication, click here now.

Since announcing the donation of the land and its permanent protection on our Facebook account, TennGreen has had the opportunity to learn so many of your amazing stories of this special place: from family vacations to engagements and weddings. Thanks to your support, future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy Bee Rock.

Directions

Please be courteous when visiting Bee Rock. The overlook is located at the end of a residential road near The Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast at Bee Rock. Remember to not disturb residents or patrons and carry out any trash you bring in. We recommend you pack a lunch to enjoy at the overlook.

 

Driving Directions: Take Interstate 40 to Monterey (Exit 300). Turn south/southwest onto TN-84/US-70N/Monterey Highway. Take a left onto Bee Rock Road. A small parking area is located at the end of Bee Rock Road on the left.

Access from the Parking Area: Once you have parked, take the trail at the end of the road. It will loop around a small structure and lead into the woods. You should see The Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast at Bee Rock on your left. The overlook at Bee Rock is located approximately 0.7 miles down the trail from the parking area.

Please contact the Town of Monterey if you have any additional questions about visiting Bee Rock.