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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.

Pretty good trail without a lot of other people on it. We didn’t find it very difficult for a trail in the woods. It was very peaceful, the type of trail to bring a snack, sit down and enjoy the sounds of nature. (We did the 6 mile trail) There aren’t any breathtaking mountain top views but if you can find beauty in the small things it’s nice. The trails were clear and well maintained. I feel like we had no problem figuring out the trail we wanted to take. (We bought a trail map to take with us just in case but didn’t really use it for directions) Compared to other wooded trails I like this one because the woods are open enough that you can see around you. There’s a shelter and fire pit on the MB trail if you wanted to do the 10 mile trail and stay overnight. I don’t know if I would go again bc there are so many other trails in the middle TN area but it’s a nice day hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Slightly confusing. But still an awesome trail. Great for dogs!

Great trail. A little confusing as to where to pick up the trail. The park office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays which makes no sense.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike with hubby and the dog...saw nobody else...varied terrain with some parts moderate from the roots and rocks but most was level...will def do again!

We walked through a couple partials of the trails. The trails were covered in leaves so we definitely had to pay attention to the markers. Overall it’s beautiful and i will be visit again to explore more. A great, peaceful, quiet hike close to Nashville.

There are multiple places to start this trail. I parked at the information center and walked across the street and started on the Wildcat Trail. This trail is the Montgomery Bell Trail then take the Creech Hallow Trail back to the parking lot. The full Montgomery Bell Trail is a little over 10 miles.
The hike is beautiful! Only mild complaint is that I don't like being able to hear the highway traffic. Weak ankles beware there are some rocky and rooty areas of this trail. I will hike this trail again in the future. Very pretty, very well maintained, and well marked.

MBSP is better for trail running than hiking. For a hike, driving this far out of Nashville I would have preferred less disturbances from trash, construction noise, lawn mowers, golf carts and passing motorists. Not many views to make up for lack of wilderness feel. I do love being on the trail but if I come back it'll only be for a run.

trail running
2 months ago

First ran the trail network at Montgomery Bell when participating in the Bell Ringer 50K trail run. Beautiful scenery and great terrain, definitely a place I will be running again!

hiking
2 months ago

I've hiking this trail a few times now and it's really not that bad. The hills can be a bit exhausting but honestly that's every hill. It's an amazing trail nonetheless. Beautiful wilderness. Wildlife every where. Can even begin to explain how many deer I've actually encountered on this trail. Absolutely beautiful and worth the hike.

hiking
2 months ago