Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns
Categories: State Parks, Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks
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.Plan your Montgomery Bell State Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Burns using our Burns vacation route planner.
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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A very nice location with a lot to do. There is a restaurant and inn near by but also boating, sports, lakes,etc for your enjoyment.
The campground here is great for tent camping. The first few spots of the campground are for tents, which my family loves. We like the tent spots to be separate from the RV sites. The tent sites are v... read more »
We camped with some family friends and were able to reserve two sites that allowed us to have one big shared area. We were on the inside of the loop. The sites are level. The pads are gravel. It was d... read more »
Terrible campground experience. Everyone all the sites rvs and tents are right on top of each other. No privacy whatsoever. The only thing positive I can say is the land is beautiful. The state could've done a much better job and planning the place out. The rates are decent however.
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'll be back!
It was meh...park was pretty, we RV camped on 4 mile creek while my mother stayed at the inn. We have stayed at a bunch of state parks and this one was just ok. We saw a lot of deer. Camping area was overrun with flies and campers didn't have much room between spots. We caught a few fish but had a hard time finding bait. Out of state fishing license is 3day minimum for $20...not worth it for a couple of hours fishing, so we just let the kids catch the fish. We RV camp a lot and this one was just ok...not great.
I attended a history conference here this may 2016. The place is awesome - facilities excellent, the very large park - immaculate. Best of all are the people who work here - so very nice, hard working. This is the way the United States of America once was - but now, sadly, it's just existing in a few places like this. God has indeed blessed Montgomery Bell State Park.
We go here a few times a year and always have a blast. I love going to the church and playing music. The acoustics are great in there. There is also a back-way to get to the inn that involves hiking (though it's not an official trail) and it's lots of fun to do. The trails are nice however the biking trails are pretty bumpy. Overall I would definitely recomend coming here!
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