Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

We took a day trip to the Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary and it was awesome!

​If you love history like we do you will really enjoy this trip.

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9182 TN-116, Petros, TN 37845
You have several different options to visit Brushy Mountain. You can drive straight to their parking lot or take one of the many trails at Windrock (I’ll have to do a post on that soon). We decided to take the off road option 😉
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We took the trail trough Windrock, up and over the mountain.
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Map Source: www.alltrails.com
The view was amazing and the trail was so much fun! I would recommend the trail option, just prepare for a car wash once you get home.
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Once you get to the prison you will see the parking lot and the entrance to the tour. You can sign up for a guided tour or you can just explore on your own. We decided to just explore on our own.
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General Admission
$15/Person + Tax · $10/Child + Tax
Military & Senior (starts at 65) Guided Tours – $13.50 + Tax
Children’s ticket pricing applies to children 4 – 12 years of age.

​Private Guided Group Tours
$25/Person + Tax · $15/Child + Tax
Military & Senior (starts at 65) Guided Tours – $22.50 + Tax
Children’s ticket pricing applies to children 4 – 12 years of age.

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Not going to lie, walking through the prison was a little sketchy….Probably because of the ghost stories we read before we went.
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Looking tough like the inmates.
They even have a small restaurant called the Wardens Table and it was really good. The Warden’s Table restaurant offers a variety of southern food, serving up everything from classic BBQ plates to nachos and cheeseburgers. If you want to check out their store they have lots of neat items to purchase and a distillery….I recommend that!
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Overall it was a great trip and only about an hour outside of Knoxville.
As far as our Little Ones Scale, you don’t have to hike or take the trails to get here so the museum itself gets a 5 for safety.
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Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary also gets the Military Approved Star because they offer our Military/Veterans a discount to enter the facility. ​
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Have a safe trip!

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