Montgomery Bell State Park

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Montgomery Bell State Park

Tennessee

(615) 797-9052

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Overview

Montgomery Bell State Park is located seven miles east of Dickson in Dickson County. 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.

Map of Montgomery Bell (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.078014, -87.268505

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Activities

  • Boating

    Visitors can boat on two lakes, Lake Acorn and Lake Woodhaven. Lake Acorn is 17 acres in size. Lake Acorn has a boat dock that is open through the summer. Visitors can rent canoes, paddle boats, and jon boats in the summer. After Labor Day weekend, privately owned boats without outboard motors are allowed on the lake. Trolling motors are allowed.

    Lake Woodhaven is 50 acres. It has a year-round boat launch available to the public. Trolling motors are allowed as long as the boat does not have an outboard motor attached. There is no charge to use the boat launch.

  • Bicycling

    The park has approximately 20 miles of dirt mountain bike trails. The various trails range in difficulty from easy to difficult.

  • Camping

    Campgrounds provide both 30 and 50 amp electric service and most electrical sites can accommodate 60 foot campers. The campground has on-site sewer for 40 sites and can accommodate pop-up campers and even the largest RVs. There are two pull-through, accessible campsites. Some sites are available along the bank of the creek that runs beside the campground. All sites are available on a first come, first-served basis with no reservations. There are three bathhouses located in the campground. Picnic tables, trash cans, and grills are available at all campsites.

    Backcountry camping is allowed on the overnight trail with a backcountry camping permit. Tent camping is not allowed on the overnight trail.

    The park has 47 cabins that can sleep a total of 120 people. Built in the 1930s, the buildings are constructed of Crab Orchard stone, hand hewn and quarried in Tennessee. The cabins are considered a historical landmark and are located in a rustic setting above Lake Woodhaven. The park also has an inn and villas that visitors can rent.

  • Fishing

    There are three lakes at Montgomery Bell State Park: Lake Woodhaven, Creech Hollow Lake, and Lake Acorn. There is excellent fishing on all three lakes. Visitors must have a Tennessee state fishing license to fish.

    Lake Acorn is open to fishing year-around. Private boats are allowed from September 15 through May 15. Lake Woodhaven is open to private boats year-round. Creech Hollow is open year-round. Gasoline motors are not allowed. The lakes have largemouth bass, channel catfish, creel, crappie, shell cracker, and bluegill.

  • Golfing

    Montgomery Bell Golf Course was built in 1973 and then redesigned in 1988. The course is heavily wooded and has an abundance of wildlife, including deer, geese, and wild turkey. Each spring Montgomery Bell hosts the Dogwood Classic.

  • Hiking

    With approximately 19 miles of hiking trails, Montgomery Bell offers a variety of hiking experiences. From a .75 mile walk in the woods to the 11.7 mile long overnight/backpacking trails, there are trails for hikers of all experience levels. The backcountry trail has three overnight shelters dispersed along its length and is open year-round. A camping permit must be obtained from the park manager at the visitor center/Park Office. Prior reservations are recommended. Camping is permitted only at designated campsites on the Montgomery Bell Overnight Trail. For this purpose three shelters have been built.

  • Picnicking

    The campground has picnic sites.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground. Campgrounds provide both 30 and 50 amp electric service and most electrical sites can accommodate 60 foot campers. The campground has on-site sewer for 40 sites and can accommodate pop-up campers and even the largest RVs.

  • Water Sports

    The swimming beach on Lake Acorn is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. There are no lifeguards on duty; visitors may swim at their own risk.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. Visitors can rent boats in the summer and privately-owned boats are allowed on the lake in the other three seasons. The swimming beach is only open in the summer. Summer high temperature average in the high 80s. Winter lows are around the mid-20s.

Directions

Driving

I-40 West from Nashville, to Exit 182 (Fairview/Dickson Hwy. 96 Exit). Turn left (West) onto Highway 96. Stay on Highway 96 until it deadends at Highway 70. Turn right (East) on Highway 70, off-ramp provided. Stay on Highway 70 approximately 3 miles. Park entrance is on the right.

From Memphis (I-40):Take I-40 East to Exit 182 (Fairview/Dickson Hwy. 96 Exit). Turn right (West) onto Highway 96. Stay on Highway 96 until it deadends at Highway 70. Turn right (East) on Highway 70, off-ramp provided. Stay on Highway 70 approximately 3 miles. Park entrance is on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(615) 797-9052

Campground reservations

(615) 797-9052

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