Devils Triangle Ride 2018
(August 26, 2018)
This 44 mile loop includes TN 62, TN 116 and
TN 330. The western most fun begins at Brushy Mountain Penitentiary (now
closed) and continues northeasterly for 3.5 miles. The tight twisties
are as good as the Tail of the Dragon but there are even more dangers
here; deep rock strewn gullies just off the pavement, ragged steel guard
rails, steep drop offs and rock cliffs leave no room for error. The
middle 14 miles are fairly tame with rural houses and driveways along
the entire way.
The next 5 miles on TN 116 you'll find a little
bit of everything; sweepers, tight twisties and three of the
tightest/steepest switchbacks we have ever encountered. This is the main
reason riders are advised to take the loop in a clockwise direction.
These switchbacks are much easier to tackle in the downhill direction.
On the first night at our campsite a local Tennessee resident suggested
we try a local road call TN 116 on our motorsicles. So after some
searching, we found the TN 116 was one part of a triangle of roads
called the "Devils Triangle". So Sunday morning we mounted the bikes and
headed west to TN 62. We decided to ride the route clockwise at the
advice of the Devil's web site as it was easier to handle the series of
switchbacks downhill. This was the first time with my wife on board the
Goldwing on such technical roads, so this seemed best direction to take.
The road lived up to it's name and TN 116 is one road you have to take
if you are in the Knoxville area.
||Map of the Devil's Triangle
||My wife and I taking a
||Our riding partners, Rich
||Checking out the old store,
too bad it was closed that day.
||Some of the 108 degree
||The haunted section of the