Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns

#32 of 105 in Wildlife 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 enjoyable. The sites were nice. It was very well maintained. We drove into Nashville and had a great time. The park was full on the weekends.  more »
  • Beautifully maintained park. Visited late August 2019. Lots of wildlife to see. We enjoyed pedal boating on the lake so much we made the drive from Nashville twice in one week! A separate company maintains the pedal and paddle boats. I appreciated the very quick text reply to my issue with unlocking the boat. It was a beautiful experience.
  • This park is absolutely stunning. Signs and maps were easy to follow. I recommend grabbing one and keeping it in your arsenal for every visit so you do not get lost or turned around. Trails were clean and well maintained. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

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