Montgomery Bell Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews

Montgomery Bell Trail is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burns, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

Park Office/Visitor Center: 615-797-9052 1020 Jackson Hill Road Burns, TN 37029

hiking
15 days 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
26 days 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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

backpacking
5 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 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
9 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
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Try an do the 10.5 trail every weekend love the creeks get to see a lot of wildlife,, have seen at least 5 deer on it each time also like doing the org pit trail, an spillway trail .

Monday, May 08, 2017

This is my stomping grounds .i love this trail .. It is as basic as a trail gets in Tennessee.. I would say it has moderate climbs up and down and the trail is well kept . Its plenty easy to get it done in a day trip for most any hikers at any level . I like to stay at the shelters along the trail often at night . They are as good as Iv see shelters on most park trails .nicer than most . They are grate for small group wanting to camp away from the camper area camping . Nice park and a nice trail .

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

10 miles on such a beautiful day!!!!! Love getting away from all the noise and enjoying nature like God intended!

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nice hike. Lovely in late spring early summer.

backpacking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Attempted 3 night trip, staying at each of the 3 shelters for one night each. But 2nd night at Woodland Shelter i got hit with a terrific storm. High winds, thunder, lightning and hail over 4 hours. Torrential rains had me worried about continuing the loop, but the following morning all the water had drained away.
So i cancelled my third night due to incoming cold weather and continued the hike around the loop past the last shelter and back to my car. The trail was good and i had no troubles finding my way. The west side of the loop was the prettiest i thought. Wildcat Shelter was the best, sited on a small hill overlooking the confluence of two creeks. I intend to do this trip again in the future.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Very well maintained trail and the majority of the trail is well marked with clear small metal hiking signs. Be prepared for a long and somewhat strenuous hike, hence the multiple shelters scattered throughout the trail to rest. I would recommend this full 10.5 hike if you have good gear, energy snacks, and plenty of water.

trail running
Monday, January 16, 2017

One of the few loops I've found so far that are double digits in length. It's still technical enough to be challenging yet doesn't require as much elevation change as some of the others. Enjoyable for a day with the pup when I don't want to run into many other people.

walking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

I took my dog here because it's one of the few that didn't specify that a dog should be on the leash. I think they are still supposed to be, but she listens so we were good.

It's a simple walk. Not anything strenuous or no spectacular views. The park is clearly marked and easy to navigate. Walking up on the spill way was awesome. The pup really liked rock hopping.

It's a good walk. I think the whole loop would be worth while.

Monday, November 14, 2016

1/3 dirt road, 1/3 well maintained, 1/3 covered in leaves. Wouldn't complain if there weren't so many roots and rocks hidden under. Relatively nice scenery. Not too much challenge from an elevation standpoint. Went on a nice Friday with the dog and saw maybe two other people.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

More challenging than expected for middle TN-and much enjoyed. Relatively few people on the trail, leaves are changing. Lots of leaves on the trail covering significant number of roots and rocks- fine to walk it but wouldn't recommend trying to jog this time of year. Overall very pleased.

backpacking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This is my favorite day hike! I did the MB 10.5 mile trail in 5 hours which includes about a 20 minute stop for lunch at the Woodland shelter. The trail is a bit harder than moderate. Very rocky with lots of roots. Almost felt like hiking a mountain bike trail. Several crossings over shallow streams so take extra dry socks in case your boots/shoes are not water resistant.

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

My dog and I love this place. Lots of shorter trails if you are not up to the 10 miles. Beautiful scenery and lots of natural water sources. Hall springs is a favorite!

Monday, August 29, 2016

fairly difficult trail, but beautiful!

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Great hike but the whole trail is not for the faint hearted. There are several shorter trails though.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Actually, I only did the south part of the loop and returned to the trailhead following Creech Hollow Trail. Moderate hike with constant but not hard inclines. It was beautiful and we encountered only a few people.

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

wonderful, just remember to watch out for snakes when walking through water.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Nice day hike with some beautiful lake views. Easy-moderate with a few moderate climbs. Enjoyable day hike. With the shelters, this could easily serve as a training shakedown hike for potential longer trips.

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

It was a great long hike!

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