DevilsTriangleTN – 44 mile loop
The Devils Triangle, just north of Oak Ridge (TN) in the mountains of the Cumberland Plateau, is made up of some of the most unusual two lane twisty roads in Tennessee. There is a lot of history in the area. It has seen boom and bust, dreadful mining disasters and some historical prisoners at Brushy Mountain.
This 44 mile loop includes TN 62, TN 116 and TN 330. The interesting sections are on TN 116. 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. Watch out for kids on ATVs.
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 we advise riders to take the loop in a clockwise direction. These switchbacks are much easier to tackle in the downhill direction.
Yes, the Triangle will get your attention in a hurry. This is no place for the beginning rider. [Read More]