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Montgomery Bell State Park is located seven miles east of Dickson in Dickson County. The rolling hills of Dickson County contain a treasure that was considered more precious than gold to the builders of young America. The treasure was iron ore, and it lured men by the hundreds to this area of Middle Tennessee. The site of the first Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located at Montgomery Bell State Park. The iron industry in Dickson County has been long silent, but the 3,782 acres that make up Montgomery Bell State Resort Park still show the signs of its presence. Near the remains of the Old Laurel Furnace, ore pits, where men once scratched iron ore from the earth, lie quiet and abandoned; the hardwood forest, once heavily cut to clear farmland and to produce charcoal for the iron furnaces, has slowly healed its wounds. Fox, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, deer and a wide variety of birds and wildflowers have returned to the forest, making Montgomery Bell a place of quiet natural beauty.

great trail for the whole family to enjoy.

my wife and I just began hiking. We found the trail to be a little bit hard for beginners but it's perfect. We will be back!

trail running
15 days ago

Easy for trail running with only around 1000 elevation. Trail does get confusing toward the end.

Nice park and moderate hike! We hiked Wildcat to MB trail to Creech Hollow. We stopped and fished at Creech Hollow Lake then hiked another mile or so and set up camp at Woodland Shelter. Neat set up with the shelter. We hung our hammocks up in the rafters and stayed dry and warm. We hiked out past Woodhaven Lake where we fished some more before completing the loop from Spill Way trail to MB then Wildcat. We ate the buffet at the Inn there inside the park. Highly recommended trip!

Nice trail, well laid out, done by the boy scouts. Nice nature walk with signage.

Beautiful scenery. I loved the children's storybook plaques along the trail describing the leaves during the changing seasons. I also like the leave no trace principles posted along the trail. Great place to take young children to teach them about nature.

trail running
2 months ago

Fun trail. I went clockwise and got lost pretty early on and agree that signage could improve a little. I cant wait to go back. I enjoyed the diverse ecosystems that you get to experience throughout the run.

trail running
2 months ago

This is a legit 10 mile loop, I absolutely love it. Minus one star only because there are some parts where you can inadvertently go off trail because of some rogue trails blazed by lost folks thinking they were still on the correct trail. Some signage at these junctions would solve this problem.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a pretty easy trail. I like to do it clockwise and hit the ore pit trail at the end. Good overnight for beginners. Really like seeing all the creeks, lakes, beaver dams and such.

Great day hike. Nothing too challenging.

mountain biking
3 months ago

On the way from Memphis to Nashville my wife and I decided to try the “easy trail”. The easy trail was harder than we expected. Lol. Beautiful area. Trails were marked perfectly!

hiking
3 months ago

Great place for hiking, definitely get a stick to take down the spiderwebs. Also, wear plenty of bug spray, especially around your ankles. We stopped to fish a few times and got covered in Seed Ticks. Nothing 10 days of antibiotics can’t solve.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it! Great trail! The sign says 10.5 miles I ended up doing 14.3.

Great mountain bike trails!!! I love riding here!

not what I expected

Not a lot of elevation. Really nice around Mile 5 and 6. Spiders. EVERYWHERE. Glad I did it once, but definitely a one and done experience.

hiking
5 months ago

Such a pretty trail to display the park. We had fun, but I highly recommend picking up a stick as you begin to swipe away the spider webs. They run across the trail and are hard to see sometimes. Not so bad if you aren’t the first one hiking thru for the day, but just a suggestion. This hike will take up a good part of your day. We walked and stopped a few times and clocked about 5 hours.

My husband and I did the seven mile hike on a Thursday morning. The people were friendly and helpful. It’s not a busy trail at all. We saw some deer, frogs. and box turtles. There is a creek with pale blue butterflies everywhere, really cool.

The surrounding city is nice and we ate at Tony’s burgers afterward. The food was great, I definitely recommend.

trail running
6 months ago

Love this loop for trail running, but the spider webs get a little outrageous, especially when starting early. Last time I went running (arrived at 7am), I ran through at least 50 large webs that kind of hindered the experience, but I'll definitely be back in the future (probably when it's colder, though).

This was a beautiful trail but initially had a hard time finding the trailhead. You access it from the MB trailhead but the sign on the road didn't have the Creech Hollow sign . Other than that it was a beautiful trail that goes thru the forest and then follows along the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

I was excited to do this trail because it looked pretty good. However I didn’t even complete the first mile due to the numerous amount of spider webs on the trail. I lost count of how many I ran into after about 20, both on the ground around my legs and up at face level. I get it that you can’t control nature all the time, but you can at least attempt to do the trail can be pleasant. There was no attempt here and I wasn’t about to spend the next 9mi worrying and clearing webs instead of enjoying myself. I will not revisit this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Tried to do this trail counterclockwise, blazes were pretty poor. Could be a nice trail, but there are tons of unmarked side trails and it's pretty easy to get off the main trail. Got off the trail somewhere around mile 2 and had to double back, got fed up and left. May try again this winter, tons of spider webs. Saw 2 deer and a camper that decided to squat and pee right in the middle of the trail.

I honestly did not like this trail at all. There were spider webs everywhere and it was annoying to have to deal with. I spent so much time trying to avoid them I wasnt able to fully enjoy the trail. Parts of it where also unmaintained which I did not like. If you just want to view a little bit of water and majorly forest then come here. Just know that you will be taking spiders home and other ticks.

Very pretty sections, but also long stretches on old road needs. Alltrails map is wrong just past the Halls Shelter when going counter clockwise. Based on the size of the maple trees, the task was moved higher on the hill several years ago.

Beautiful trail, lots to explore!

good trail to walk without being too intense. some of the trail was near the road but the peaceful moments made up for it.

We did this trail for an overnight trip March 2018. Easy hiking with min to moderate hills. The roots were not bad so I’m not sure why that was said in previous ratings. We stayed at a shelter house which ended up being quite a sweet deal considering low was 26. Has couple of benches and fire pit. All the shelters are close to water sources. We did the whole trail . GPS clocked it at 12.6 miles. Could be done easily in a day. Would be good for groups.

trail running
9 months ago

Very well maintained trail that is easy to follow. Highly recommended if your in the area!

nice family hike.

Perfect trail for a family hike with a three year old. A bit challenging for him but not too tough and kept his interest, especially by the creek.

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