Explore the most popular hiking trails in Montgomery Bell State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great day hike. Nothing too challenging.

18 days 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.

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

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.

2 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
3 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.

3 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.

4 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.

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
7 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.

8 months ago

Good short hike for cub scouts, especially those covering the seven principals of leave no trace.

Fun with a 6 year old. A lot to learn!

9 months ago

We hiked this trail after a snow fall. It was beautiful in the woods. You don't feel like you are in the wilderness here, but you do have some great views, especially along the creek on the Northern section of the trail near Wildcat Shelter. All of the shelters are in good shape, but you are limited to Sheltering only. Tents are not allowed. Water runs by all three shelters. Hills are fairly continuous, but never too steep. We saw several day hikers and runners, but no other back packers the two days we were there.

The trail wasn’t very well marked in few places. People aren’t picking up dog poo on the trail. A couple miles of the trail are only 50 yards from a highway. The parts of the trail deeper into the woods and near the lake were really nice.

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.

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.

11 months 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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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!

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