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Montgomery Bell State Resort Park
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Montgomery Bell State Resort Park
Description - 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 regrown. Fox, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, deer and a wide variety of birds and wildflowers have returned with the forest, making Montgomery Bell a place of quiet natural beauty.

Narrows of the Harpeth complex is a satellite area of Montgomery Bell State Park.

Attractions - The restaurant at Montgomery Bell is part of the Inn and Conference Center. The restaurant seats up to 115 people and has a picturesque view of Lake Acorn.

New 6,000 sq. feet. conference facility with audio visual equipment, public address systems. A variety of configurations are available to suit every business need. Equipment available includes overhead projector, microphones, mic stands, flip charts, screen, sound system, marker boards, podium, lavaliere mics. Copying and Faxing services available.

The course was built in 1973 and then redesigned by designer Gary Roger Baird in 1988. In previous years, Golf Digest had recognized Montgomery Bell as one of the "Top 100 Public Course to Play". Hole #2, Par 5, 446 yards long is the Signature hole. This is a beautiful hole, with the fairways being lined with hardwood trees and the green protected by four bunkers. The course can stretch from 4961 yards to 6146 yards. The entire course is heavily wooded with an abundance of wildlife featuring deer, geese and wild turkey. Montgomery Bell is host every year in the spring to The Dogwood Classic.

Other points of interest are the Opryland Hotel, Nashville area, Historic Franklin and Harpeth. River.

Recreation - Activities found at Montgomery Bell State Park include a fishing, boating, camping, hiking, playground, archery, horseshoes, softball fields, volleyball, exercise, equipment, basketball, tennis courts and electronic games.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Take I-40 West from Nashville, to Exit 182, left on Highway 96 to junction with Highway 70, then right on Highway 70 to the park entrance.

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Filed By: Laurel
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A nice trek for our family (children ages 11, 10, 8 & 6). You need to enjoy the little pleasures on this trip as their are no grand sights. Many wildflowers and a fair amount of game (3rd week of March) as well as great fishing were the major features. Trails are well marked and travel all of the boundaries of this park. You are never far from civilization (i.e. trains, sirens and truck traffic). Park literature states that human and other waste should be packed and deposited at pit toilets and waste receptacles at the 3 shelters on this 11.5 mi. circuit. There are no functional pit toilets and absolutely no waste containers--practice leave no trace. The highlight of this trip was the natural springs at each shelter. Although the shelters themselves were open, 30 yr. old adironacks, level tent sites were readily found at each shelter. The State Park campground is immaculate and all you could want in a trail-end retreat. The park ranger was very helpful and accepted our imput readily. Campground hosts and all locals were extremely hospitable. Considering we left OH in a snowstorm and enjoyed 70+ degree temps on this hike, we were very pleased.

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Montgomery Bell State Park, P.O. Box 39 , Burns, TN, 37029, Phone: 615-797-3101, Fax: 615-797-3722

Additional Information:
Middle Tennessee Region - This region encompasses the middle 1/3 of the state of Tennessee. It includes the Cumberland Plateau area and over 20 state parks and natural areas.
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.

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