Day Ride to Brushy Mountain Prison

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 we went to see the now closed Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

Getting ready to leave home.

Getting ready to leave home.

 

We took off from our home in North Knoxville at 10am. The skies were overcast and the temperature was cool, right around 48 degrees.

We rode north on Broadway and then took Norris Freeway. We stopped to enjoy the views at Norris Dam.

Norris Dam

Norris Dam State Park

Cold enough for full leather.

Cold enough for full leather.

Norris Dam

Norris Dam

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park

After leaving Norris Dam, we proceeded on into Lake City stopping briefly at Weigels to fuel up and eat a light snack.

After our stop, we took 25W north into Caryville where we took old 63 up to 63.

On 63 heading toward Huntsville.

On 63 heading toward Huntsville.

63 took us north into Huntsville where we ate lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, The Fireside Restaurant.

Fireside Restaurant in Huntsville, TN

Fireside Restaurant in Huntsville, TN

The folks here are always friendly and the food is great home cooking. Inside they had a blazing fire in the fireplace which felt great since the temperature had, by this time, dropped to 42 degrees.

Inside Fireside Restaurant

Inside Fireside Restaurant

Pamo

Pamo

YUM!

YUM!

Jeff says DOUBLE YUM!

Jeff says DOUBLE YUM!

After filling up with this great fare, we layered our gear on and headed out to continue our ride.

We took 27 South, rode through Elgin, Sunbright and through Wartburg.

In this short video, Jeff talks about Gerbing’s heated gear:

From 27 South, we took 116 through Petros and out to Brushy Mountain Prison.

Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

Brushy Mountain was established in 1896 and closed June 11, 2009. What will happen with the prison grounds hasn’t been decided yet, but the chances of it being turned into a distillery and museum look good. You can find more information about the potential development plans HERE.

Here is a video about Brushy:

 

At the gate of Brushy.

At the gate of Brushy.

We pulled up to the prison front gate and were told by one of the employees at the site that no one was permitted past the gates. So we took some photos and talked about what it must have been like to be imprisoned here.

At Brushy

At Brushy

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Brushy Prison

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Brushy Prison

Here is a video (uploaded to You Tube by Two Seven Two Media) of Mark Collie and Tim McGraw playing at Brushy. (I think this was in 2001 but correct me in the comments if I’m wrong.)

After taking our photos, we got back on our bikes and continued on 116, also known as the Devil’s Triangle.

116 also known as the Devil's Triangle.

116 also known as the Devil’s Triangle.

The Devil’s Triangle is a very challenging road with many tight curves, switchbacks and steep drop offs. If you like riding the Dragon then you should also try 116. It is a must do!

After the Triangle, we stopped briefly in Briceville at the local Post Office.

Post office in Briceville.

Post office in Briceville.

Across from the post office is the beautiful Briceville Community Church.

Briceville Community Church

Briceville Community Church

We then got back on our bikes and proceeded into Lake City where we took 25W south into Clinton.

Heading toward Clinton.

Heading toward Clinton.

Glad I had on all my gear. I stayed good and warm all day.

Glad I had on all my gear. I stayed good and warm all day.

Then we took Clinton Highway back home. We arrived home at 5pm and our total ride was 182 miles.

Jeff and Jumba in the back yard. Our fur kids are always glad to have us home.

Jeff and Jumba in the back yard. Our fur kids are always glad to have us home.

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10 Responses to Day Ride to Brushy Mountain Prison

  1. James Roberts says:

    Another nice ride story…..looks like a different bike went on this ride??

    See, we do look at the pics 🙂 James

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Thanks James! You made me laugh 🙂
      We each have two bikes we rotate ride on these day rides.

      I’m glad you look at the pics too. LOL! If you ever see anything I need to add or correct, let me know. Thanks again.

  2. I just followed your trip on my computer using Bing maps. It took about an hour, as I looked at the pictures and followed your directions, Pretty cool, or should I say cold. (LOL) I do must of my riding in the Hill Country surrounding San Antonio, Texas. Thanks for sharing the experience, I enjoyed the trip.

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Hi Jim,
      Great hearing from you! We would love to ride in San Antonio some day. I’ll have to check Hill Country out online.
      If you make it down here to East TN, I know you would love to do this ride on your motorcycle.
      Thanks again!

  3. Alfred "B.L." Whitehead says:

    Hannah and I just rode (first time) the Devils Triangle about 2 months ago. Roads were in great shape and in the entire 116 portion I don’t think we encountered 15 vehicles. Great day, great ride.

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Hi Alfred- It had been awhile since we rode it and we were pleasantly surprised with how nice the road was. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Wendy & Gene says:

    So cool!

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Thanks Wendy and Gene as always! Loved your anniversary gift- so thoughtful. You guys are awesome!!

  5. Tona says:

    Love always looking at your pictures on rides. See places and things that might never see myself. Thanks for sharing with all.

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Thank you Tona for reading and commenting. Getting to share these rides means a lot to Jeff and I. Knowing you like them makes it even better. 🙂

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