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Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns

(4.1/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • My rating of this park is aimed at those who want a very safe and civilized park with lots of accommodations and developments. It is beautiful, all the roads are paved and well maintained and there ar...  more »
  • Camped here because Nashville hotels are just too pricey. The park is an hour from downtown nashville, 45 minutes to franklin. Wish we had more time to explore the park, lots of hiking, creeks, histor...  more »
  • Being blessed enough to live a few miles from this park, we are here weekly, at least. The trails are nice, the church is a beautiful place to have some private time to reflect and pray and meditate. ...  more »
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  • Great place to hike away from the Nashville crowds. Excellent park. Also has a free RV dump in the campground for travelers. Easily spend the day here doing the trails and seeing the lake. Well maintained.
  • There is a time each year when the seasons seem to hang in that giddy free-fall of apogee; gone is the stifling weight of Summer's heat, and Winter's bite is still still waiting for the last encore of Autumn. Wanting to enjoy to the utmost this perfection of weather, I ventured today along the hiking trails of the Montgomery Bell State Park just east of Dickson, TN. The forest here can only be described as inspiring. What a rich palette of color awaited my hungering eyes as I strode the leaf-strewn path which wound it's way through the private hush of a Fall afternoon. Interrupted only by the scolding of a grey squirrel and the blaze of white as a deer pranced away, I wound my way between cedar and beech, tulip poplar and oak, gum and maple. The understory was ablaze with the orange and crimson of the lesser trees, while high overhead rose the canopy of green and gold, reaching so majestically into the sky I felt as if I were treading in some holy cathedral. Below me wound a mossy brook, carving it's way through solid slabs of shale, and providing a gentle murmur like the lullaby of mother Earth herself. I spent a few blissful hours along the path. It was like walking backward in time, and I pictured myself in moccasins and buckskin, armed with a flintlock and mind filled with the thoughts of possibility that surely must have been entertained by my ancestors as they plied these hills nearly two centuries ago. Only the deepening shadows forced me from the treasures of that hallowed wood, and it was with reluctance that I made my way back to my car and civilization. Yet as I drove the meandering road back to the highway, I left there a richer man. Nature does that to me. It pays back more than the effort to sojourn. And this state park, nestled among the beauty of the Tennessee hills, made me rich indeed... rich with a heart of gratitude that there are places like this where Earth is still very much the Eden it once was.
  • Very nice Tennessee State Park with nice grounds, resort, campground and more. My wife and I have been several times with good visits each time. The resort's buffet is not as elaborate as some at the other state parks, but it is good nonetheless. We really enjoyed the campground having the stream right behind our spot. We'll be back!
  • Beautiful park. Great hiking. Excellent place to take the kids for creek and hiking experience. Only complaint was the inn. Tried to swim in pool one night, other kids playing football in pool nearly drowned girls. Next morning, the pool was supposed to be open at 7:00am. We checked out about 10:00 and pool still wasn't opened. Maintenance man was supposed to be on the way to open for at least last hour.
  • Very nice campground. Great circle for kids on their bikes. Flat campground is a plus. Lots of trees is nice.