Onsight Rock Gym - Climbing

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With more than 12,000 square feet of climbing surface, Onsight Rock Gym will leave you craving for more. This gym will keep the momentum going with everything from climbing and training, to a full calendar of fun events.

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Hilary Mellon


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.5 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Onsight Rock Gym caters to new and experienced climbers. Route setting ranges from 5.6 to 5.13b.

Time To Complete

2 hours

A solid gym session will take about 2 hours for experienced climbers to train and the same for new climbers, as they will need to rent gear and go through orientation.


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Day passes: Adult (13 and over) $15, Youth (12 and under) $13, Tot (5 and under) $5 Gear Package: $8



Onsight Rock Gym is the go-to place for indoor rock climbing in Knoxville, Tennessee. This state of the art facility was built by climbers, for climbers, and serves as the hub for the local climbing community. Whether you're looking to learn more about the sport of rock climbing or want to challenge yourself to climb harder, Onsight Rock Gym is the place to go.

What Makes It Great

Once you step foot into Onsight Rock Gym, you’ll know immediately what makes it great. Onsight houses Knoxville’s largest and tallest climbing walls and has a diverse layout of top roping, lead climbing, and bouldering. 

The 50+ foot high lead climbing area gives climbers the ability to practice on long, overhung walls to prepare them to crush at Knoxville’s home crag, The Obed. With more than 12,000 square feet of climbing surface, you will never run out of new routes and boulder problems to climb. 

Professional route setters create fun and challenging climbs that cater to all levels of climbing (from 5.6 to 5.13), and routes are changed regularly so there’s always something new to try. Experienced climbers can even participate in the ongoing Onsight Challenge—complete the on-sight route and win an awesome prize! 

Don’t climb ropes? The bouldering area features 15 foot high angled bouldering walls with over 18 inches of seamless padding to cushion your fall.

Climbers can work on developing strength and power in the expertly designed, climbing-specific training area, attend yoga classes and fitness clinics, or take one of the many technique classes that are offered. If you’re new to climbing, check out the beginner classes and social events offered for all ages and levels of climbing ability. For those looking to transition from indoor to outdoor rock climbing, be sure to sign up for the Outdoor Basics Climbing Class, or if you’re already an experienced outdoor climber ask one of the knowledgeable staff about the many local crags in East Tennessee and the surrounding areas.

Onsight can cater to private groups and birthday parties, team building, and other corporate events with a private climbing area just for your group, completely separated from the rest of the gym. Onsight can even personalize a rock climbing experience that matches the goals and the abilities of your group.

The observation deck and lounge area (complete with free WiFi and custom made Organic crash pad couches) make this gym as comfortable as it is inspiring. A community garden also runs parallel to the main parking area making sure even foodies have a place to exercise their skills.

Be sure to check out the calendar before you come. Onsight hosts a range of events including free coffee and donut events, college nights, movie screenings, rockin’ date nights, summer camps, climbing competitions, and more.

Guests have the option of purchasing a Day Pass, 10-Visit Punch Pass, or becoming members (climb here once and you’ll be ready to check out their member benefits). Climbing gear, rental gear, drinks, and snacks are also available at the front desk.

Who is Going to Love It

Needless to say, this is a gym that caters to all things climbing—the sport, the lifestyle, and the community. You’re guaranteed to be greeted by friendly, professional staff members who are psyched about climbing and who want you to become a part of the rock climbing community!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Check out their website and Facebook page for hours, rates, directions, and upcoming events.

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Onsight Rock Gym

5335 Western Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37921
35.976618, -84.008819

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