Explore the most popular nature trips 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 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!

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.

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.

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.

Beautiful trail, lots to explore!

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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

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.

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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

When they say this trail is lightly used, they weren't joking. You're going to need a branch to wave infront of you to knock the cobwebs down. Forks in the path are not clearly marked. Take your GPS to keep from ending up in someone's cow pasture. I took a wrong turn somewhere and wound up going 7.8 miles. Don't know if I would bike this trail, but it was good for hiking, trail running, and spider fighting....

Friday, August 04, 2017

Only hiked in .6 of a mile due to rain and cranky 5 year old, but what scenery we took in was beautiful. Would love to come back to Montgomery Burns State Park for a longer visit.

Trails are easy, and park is well maintained.

Wonderful Sunday morning hike!

I wanted a moderate walk that I could do in just a few hours and this was perfect for that (I did just the 6 mile loop)! Very well marked and maintained. A little elevation in some places but not much. No overlooks or waterfalls but several nice creek-side miles.

My dog and I really like this trail it's beautiful and we never see a soul (maybe because it winter). There is a meadow near the lake perfect for picnicking and a shelter part way through the walk. There are other trails and the map that you can pick up at the nature center is super helpful.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Short but easy trail. Nice scenery along the lakeside with leaves changing. Cuts the 10.5 mile mbell loop nearly in half, so if pressed for time u can use as shortcut. Park down by the park storage area if u plan to do so.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We had an absolute blast today- myself, my 17 and 14 yr old. We did the entire 10.5 with our small dog in one day and rocked it! We are not super fit but we are super stubborn and we refused to quit..... just enough hills to give us a good workout but not hard. Scenery was beautiful and the trail was well marked. I got confused for a sec and called the park office and they quickly got a park ranger to call me back and tell me what to do.... FYI, the super cool bridge that is falling apart, that's not part of the trail. We will definitely be back!

This is a beautiful hike, lots of small water crossings, easy terrain and very secluded. There is a couple of places along with way that are not clearly marked and we ended up adding an additional mile to our trip but I'm not complaining, it was still beautiful.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Lovely secluded hike. Only did a section of it but we will be going back.

We did the entire "White Trail" that includes the North and Southwest M Bell Trail. It came out to be around 9+ miles. Started at the North end just behind the old entrance building, ended at the Visitors centre just down the street. The entire trail was well enough marked that we had no trouble finding our way even with the ground completely covered in leaves. The North section had a few nice creek crossing but little other to add to the beautiful hardwood forest. We stopped at Cheech Hollow Lake for a snack and a sit. Deciding to complete the trail rather than cut to the car on the "Orange Trail" we doubled back. The Southern section had a lot more diversity along with a few bridge crossings.
All in all, I truly enjoyed completing the entire trail at once and feel doing it "backwards" worked best for us.

First time on this trail. I'm a beginner and my goal is to go somewhere other than my two local spots (Dunbar cave and rotary park in Clarksville, TN) every weekend this summer and to ultimately do some weekend long hikes.
My plan was to do the 6 mile loop, but I got a little turned around and did 9.3 miles!!! The most I've ever done in one day!!! I always hike alone, I'm always looking for a hiking buddy, cause my friends always back out, But I don't mind, and honestly, I really enjoyed getting a little lost in the woods and finding my way out on my own.
I enjoyed these trails, and look forward to going again when all the trees bloom, I know it will be gorgeous then. The trails were somewhat challenging in spots, but I was able to handle it as a beginner. Several creeks to cross, lots of ups and downs, definitely never a dull moment. The trails were easy to follow in some areas, a little confusing in others, mainly where trails crossed, or you had to cross a street and get back on. I didn't mind because I had plenty of time to wander, but if you've never been, plan to get a little turned around.
I will definitely go again soon to explore more. And I would like to do the whole 10.5 mile loop.

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