DAY RIDE TO CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

Destination- Cumberland Mountain State Park

Destination- Cumberland Mountain State Park

On Wednesday, August 27th, we took a Day Ride. Our destination was Cumberland Mountain State Park.

We left our home in North Knoxville right at 10am. It was warm and the skies were blue- a beautiful morning.

Jeff kicks off our day in this short video:

We took Clinton Highway north through Clinton and on into Lake City (now called Rocky Top) where we stopped for our morning snack. From Lake City we took 116 into Briceville where we continued on 116- The Devil’s Triangle.

116 is a very challenging road with some extreme switchbacks, so we took our time riding up the mountain, stopping along the way for a few photos.

The Devil's Triangle has beautiful scenery.

The Devil’s Triangle has beautiful scenery.

Once you reach the peak, the descent is much easier. 116 brought us right to the entrance of Brushy Mountain State Prison.

The entrance to the no longer in use Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

The entrance to the no longer in use Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

It's a gorgeous area.

It’s a gorgeous area.

After gawking awhile, we continued on to Wartburg. In Wartburg, we took 62 and then 298 which runs through the Catoosa Wildlife Area and brought us to 127 just north of Crossville. We rode through Crossville and traveled from there just a couple of miles to the Cumberland Mountain State Park.

We traveled to the Cumberland Mountain State Park Restaurant parking area.

We parked and walked to the Restaurant.

We parked and walked to the Restaurant.

The buffet style restaurant was busy. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Yum! Lots of good eats.

Yum! Lots of good eats.

After enjoying our meal, we spent the next hour enjoying the Cumberland Mountain State Park Bridge and surrounding park. It’s a beautiful and serene area.

You can read about the history of Cumberland Mountain State Park by CLICKING HERE.

View of the bridge.

View of the bridge.

View of the bridge from the opposite side of the lake.

View of the bridge from the opposite side of the lake.

The man made lake is gorgeous!

The man made lake is gorgeous!

We walked around awhile before getting back on our bikes.

We walked around awhile before getting back on our bikes.

After visiting the park, we rode just about a mile down the road to the Homestead Tower Museum. This landmark structure was built in 1937-1938 to house the administrative offices of the Cumberland Homesteads, a project of FDR’s New Deal. (You can read more about the Homestead Tower Museum by CLICKING HERE.)

The Homestead Tower Museum.

The Homestead Tower Museum.

Plague in front of the museum.

Plague in front of the museum.

Once in the museum we watched a short video and learned a great deal about how FDR and the New Deal got people to move to the Crossville area.

Jeff looking at the museum displays.

Jeff looking at the museum displays.

There are several wings of displays.

There are several rooms of displays.

And more to see!

And more to see!

After viewing the museum displays, we climbed the steps to the top of the water tower.

Mid way up the steps to the top of the tower.

Mid way up the steps to the top of the tower.

In the top of the tower.

In the top of the tower.

View from the top.

View from the top.

Then we descended the steps back to the ground level.

Then we descended the steps back to the ground level.

Ninety-seven steps total. Worth the climb!

Ninety-seven steps total. Worth the climb!

When you go visit Cumberland Mountain State Park, plan to visit the Homestead Tower Museum as well. It’s interesting, educational, and fun!

From the museum, we rode 68 south down the Plateau into Spring City where we stopped for gas and a snack.

A very nice young lady, Cynthia, took our photo in Spring City.

A very nice young lady, Cynthia, took our photo in Spring City.

From Spring City we took 302 to Watts Bar Dam.

View of the parking lot at one of the Watts Bar Dam pull offs.

View of the parking lot at one of the Watts Bar Dam pull offs.

View of Watts Bar Dam.

View of the top of Watts Bar Dam.

After stopping for a short while, we got back on the bikes and took 68 to 304- a beautiful road that runs along the water into Kingston.

In Kingston, we stopped at the 58 landing to feed the ducks.

Jeff loves to feed the ducks at 58 Landing in Kingston.

Jeff loves to feed the ducks at 58 Landing in Kingston.

The ducks aren't shy! Such cuties.

The ducks aren’t shy! Such cuties.

After feeding the ducks, we took 70 to 58 to Oak Ridge. From Oak Ridge, we rode back to Knoxville and back home.

It's always good to get home to see the fur kids.

It’s always good to get home to see the fur kids.

We got home at 7:30pm and our total ride was 218 miles.

Jeff wraps up the day in this video:

Just for fun, you can read a little aside from this day HERE.

You can view our entire list of Day Ride’s HERE.

About Pam Huggins

I love to hang out with my family, ride motorcycles, and draw comics.
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