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Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns

4.1
#47 of 104 in Nature in Tennessee
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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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  • Regarding the Inn, it was quite a disappointment. It's in disrepair (see photos), and if you like to swim, be forewarned, the pools are bad news: run down and grimy (including the beach, the outdoor p...  more »
  • I love this state park there is so much here to do and not very far from Nashville so you can go to Nashville very quickly also there is canoeing and zip lining not very far away and a variety of rest...  more »
  • I will divide this review into two parts. The indoor facilities and the outdoors. We rented a villa (152) for 5 nights. Great architectural design but needed serious upkeep ! Ours had work done on som...  more »
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  • 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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