Bells Bend Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, TN that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd Nashville, TN 37218
Peaceful trail. Easy to do, basically no elevation changes. Went on a hot Saturday afternoon and only saw one other person. It's pretty open, so not many shady spots. We were pretty roasted by the end. Overall an easy, quiet little trail.
Ran this during the winter and enjoyed it, but wouldn't want to run it in summer heat with no shade. The sections along the Cumberland River are pretty, and the tall grasses and shrubbery elsewhere gave the run a very different feel from heavily wooded trails in other local parks. Trails were well maintained, nice ranger station, only passed a couple of others out enjoying the day.
Really hot as there is very little shade. But a quiet, lush escape from the city with well marked and maintained trails and plenty of little wildlife to keep my eyes very busy! I can't wait to go back and explore more trails.
Maps and signs helped alot. Fun hot run but lots of nature made. for a great Saturday run!
2.5 Mile loop near the Cumberland river and thru pasture/farmland. Lots of birds, a snake and turtle on my walk. It is mostly flat. Not a lot of shade.
More of a walk than a hike but very lovely
Great area to hike. Lots of trails. Signage could be a little better as far as description. 3 different directions all marked "junction" at some distance isn't real helpful. But really enjoyed the variety of scenery. Picnic area there and benches scattered along the trail. Very enjoyable.
Absolutely beautiful 800+ acres of mostly meadows! The grass path is typical of meadow trails and was kept nicely mowed on a day I visited in late September. Saw at least 15 species of birds and heard more than 20. Plus three or four species of butterfly plus dragonflies. Didn't pass a single person and my car was only one in lot besides staff's. Started on the 2.3 loop, but did every other trail off of it and totaled closer to 4 miles. Bring your binoculars and water - it is a very warm, sunny place and there is much to see!
more of a walk than a hike. very peaceful especially during the week. good place for taking the dogs for a long walk. great bird watching. rolling hills. can be muddy following a rain and in winter.
Bells Bend Park was originally slated to become a landfill, but the city eventually deemed it unfit to house all the citys trash. As that history alludes to, the park is fairly wide open and mostly flat.
This hike was more reminiscent of a walk on a Kansas farm than a hike in the Tennessee foothills. The trails are well-kept, mowed swaths the break up the rolling prairie-type grasses. There are some scenic spots as the trail parallels the Cumberland River.