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Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns

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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.
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  • The park itself is beautiful. I know the state of TN doesn't have a lot of money to spend on upkeep but the Inn here is in dire need of some TLC. The rooms and hallways are old, dark, peeling wallpape...  more »
  • Granted! I just live on the other side of Nashville, but this road trip (about 1hr) was fantastic. The two pools, canoes, & paddle boats were bonus fun, the creek @the playground (they were excited to...  more »
  • Wanted to stay closer to the Lebanon, TN where the 2017 F100 Supernationals were being held. Looks like for the last time. Its moving back to Pigeon Forge. But this was the 2nd stay we've had at Montg...  more »
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  • I have loved visiting this place since i was a child. Played here with my cousins on summer vacation. Close to my Granny's house. Beautiful woods and stream. Nice playground and picnic area. Many fond memories!
  • This place is absolutely beautiful all year round, they have great deals on cabins and camp sites, and there are miles upon miles of trails to hike. This is a great place for anyone wanting to get away from the city. I highly recommend this state park.
  • This is a great place. The place is well maintained and has many facilities. The group and public camp grounds are beautiful and we'll taken care of. There are many facilities. There are the multiple campgrounds, an Inn with a restaurant, and even Villas for those that don't want to rough it.
  • The campground in this park is called Four Mile Creek Campground. Enter from the 70 side and go straight down the main road. The campground is on the right. It's easy to miss, so go slow. Checkin is at a little shed at the campground. The shed was staffed by an unprofessionally dressed girl who didn't offer directions to our campsite and seemed put out when asked for a map. This campground feels separate from the rest of the park. It's located a distance from most of the parks amenities and does not feel as well maintained as the rest of the park. The campground is very tight for larger rigs. The road is narrow with low branches that need trimming. We came in on a Friday (big mistake). The park was full. Most spaces do not have enough room to park cars, so people just park their cars hanging out into the narrow little road. Try negotiating a fifth wheel through this mess. Not fun. The campsites are very tight for a state park. We were in site 118. This site is not angled properly, so parking a 37 footer in this space was very difficult. It was raining when we came in and everything was so muddy. The gravel sites need the gravel refreshed badly. The park itself is pretty and seems to have a lot to offer, but I'd find a different place to camp if I were to do it all again.
  • Beautiful scenery, very well maintained area. We camped, and it was crowded but not a problem at all. There are two bathhouses centrally located and a laundry spot (unsure if it's also a bathhouse). There's a park area and playground, and a large, shallow creek that's great for wading in. The kids love it! The trails are nice but a bit confusing and the maps aren't detailed whatsoever. That was frustrating for our 10 year old. Kayaking and canoeing available. It's really far out, you may think google is wrong on the directions, but it's not.