Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns

#44 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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  • 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 »
  • 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.
  • This State Park embodies everything I love about my birth state! Beautiful nature, friendly people, very sanitary, and not too expensive! I enjoy coming down here to visit my local family in Dickson. Would not mind living in the area in the distant future! Thanks for the great hospitality!
  • Nice campground but be careful on picking site, we were there during high heat season so didn't do much. Visited features in the park and nearby communities. Would have liked to try golf course if our stay were longer, strong possible for future.
  • The park itself seemed very pretty ... we ate Thanksgiving lunch at the lodge. The food was plentiful and very good. The only complaint I have is that my wife thought it was a little cold. It was served buffet style, so sometimes things get a little cold. Overall, worth the trip and worth the money.
  • Love Montgomery Bell State Park! Everything you want to get away to the woods for a bit. Nice trails. Food. Lodge & cabins. Not too close, not too far.
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