Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns

4.2
#45 of 119 in Nature in Tennessee
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 was very family-friendly, well-kept, and had lots of options for things to do. Would definitely go again!  more »
  • We camp here often as a family and with small groups. It is local for us, so it is nice to always see people you know. The park is easy to get to know well, yet has plenty to do. It’s best for hanging...  more »
  • Very friendly and helpful park rangers. Surprisingly nice scenery (two lakes in the trail system). The Montgomery Bell trail is 10.5 miles long and has 3 shelters for an easy backpacking trip. Plenty ...  more »
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  • What do you want? Amazing cabins? First class golf course? Remote or RV camping? Whatever you desire in a state park, Montgomery Bell not only offers it, but offers it in a fashion greater than most any park you will visit. The park is truly a treasure offering anything you could possibly want, including an amazing seafood buffet every weekend (expensive).
  • We just love to go to different state parks around Tennessee and this is one of our favorite destinations! We have stayed at the end and have printed paddle boats in the summer I always put together a nice buffet for different holidays at the restaurant located in the inn! We would definitely recommend this as a destination if you like to visit and support the local Tennessee State Parks!
  • Wow where to start and keep this someone short. The Salvation Army used to use this camp 45 years or so ago and I am part of the Salvation Army so it was cool to be here. On top of that to see where "Earnest" was, the cabin, the lake, the dining hall, it was all very cool. In spite of all that I was there for something way cooler. I watched my nephew and his beautiful bride get married here on this visit. It was amazing. This place is great!
  • If you wanted to make a car commercial with beautiful winding roads through the woods, this would be the place. This park is tucked in a beautiful forest far from the city. They offer cabins in the woods and there is a hotel with a restaurant. Perfect for a family reunion or just to get away for some hiking and fishing. There is a golf course there too. I'm not sure how big the course is but looked to be well maintained.
  • Rural rustic TN State Park. On site conference Hall with motel rooms and rental cabins. Also buffet restaurant a part of the Conference Center. Golf course and placid water activities. Lots of fun activities for all ages.
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