Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns

#47 of 104 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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  • 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 »
  • Pretty place, too bad the campground rules are ignored and not enforced. Sites are too crowded next to playground. Kids constantly walking through our campsite. Large groups at a couple campsites, one...  more »
  • Wow what a nice park. Friendly people. Bathrooms were clean. Lots of kids on bikes though so be careful. We stayed here so that my niece would have a place to change into her wedding gown as she was m...  more »
  • My trip here was short, but I enjoyed it very much. There is a nice little walking trail around the visitors center. We almost walked in on a wedding at the chapel. Enjoyed driving around and seeing some of the scenery. I would definitely be interested in coming back at some point.
  • 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!
  • Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN continues to host American Renaissance, an extremist white supremacist group. The park has taken a stance on the side of white supremacists and at the cost of black patrons’ safety. I am letting you know that Tennesseans won’t accept a park that our tax dollars pay for being used to propagate violence and hate against black people. We should be able to enjoy our state parks and feel safe from racist violence.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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