add to itinerary Devil’s Triangle
Nestled in the Cumberland Mountains, the Devil’s Triangle is 45 miles of twist and turns. There are some straight aways alongside pastures fields but there are also steep switchback curves. You will experience approximately 1,000 feet in elevation change. It is the perfect trail to explore the rural mountains of East Tennessee.
Highlights of the trail include Brushy Mountain Prison which housed James Earl Ray, assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, until his death in 1998. The prison is also the only prison to have a natural wall, the side of the mountain, as one of the prison walls.
You can also see Tennessee’s only windmill farm on top of Buffalo Mountain which is located at Windrock Park. The trail takes you deep in the heart of East Tennessee’s mining country. Many of the miners that lived and died in the area fought in the Coal Creek War, was involved in the Fraterville Mine Disaster or the Cross Mountain Mine Disaster in some way.