An Ideal Destination For Your Group

Ask yourself. Do some souls cross over, while others remain trapped in the veil?

Located a short distance from Knoxville, Tennessee, Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is nestled in the shadow of scenic Frozen Head State Park.

Private guide-led group tours are available seven days a week at either 9 or 9:30 a.m. prior to opening of the prison for groups of a minimum of 15 people. Guided tours will be led by either a former prison guard or former inmate.

One week's notice is required to book a private guide-led tour; however, capacity is limited and tours are subject to availability. Please book early for best availability.

Please Note: Pets are not permitted on tours at this time. Service animals will be permitted with appropriate documentation present.

  • Group Tours are paired with a complimentary guide throughout their visit to the prison

  • Museum

  • Gift Shop

  • Warden’s Table Restaurant

  • Concerts and Events

  • Distillery Tours

  • Headsets are available for the guided group tours so that participants can hear their guide.

  • Handicapped parking & restrooms are available. The majority of the tour is handicap accessible. However, because the prison has no elevators, there are areas in the tour such as The Hole and the prison’s cafeteria that are not accessible due to their locations within the prison.

  • Designated Bus Parking

  • Bus driver and escort are complimentary

Hours & Information

Located west of Knoxville, Tennessee near Interstates 40, 75 and Highway 27, Brushy is only a few short hours away from much of the Southeastern United States.


Tours & Museum Hours

May 1 - September 30

10:30a - 6:30p (Last ticket sold at 5p)

Open 7 Days a Week

Warden's Table

May 1 - September 30

11a - 8:00p

Open 7 Days a Week

Gift Shop

May 1 - September 30

10:30a - 8:00p

Open 7 Days a Week

Operating hours are subject to change.

Private Events


Be it a wedding, corporate event. exhibition or festival, Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary’s grounds are perfect for hosting your event. If you’re interested in hosting your event at Brushy, contact us today.

Distillery Tours


End of The Line Tennessee Moonshine is the only moonshine distilled (legally) at a prison. From farm to still, we use local grains and water from the mountains’ natural springs. This is true Tennessee Moonshine.

Group Tour Inquiry

Please note: this is for GROUP TOURS only. We will not respond to Non-Group Tour tour requests. Please direct any Brushy-related questions here. Thank you for your understanding. 

For more information about Group Tours at Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, contact Dione Waddington, Group Tour Sales, via the form below: 

Contact Group Tour Sales at Brushy