Recommended Montgomery Bell State Park Day Trips from Dickson

Montgomery Bell State park is located between Nashville and Dickson, just off of Highway 70 in Tennessee. This park with nearly 4,000 acres is brimming with activities and landmarks. There are many reasons to visit this park while staying at a Dickson inn.

Montgomery Bell Golf Course
1020 Jackson Hill Rd.
Burns, TN 37029
(615) 797-2578

The Montgomery Bell Golf Course was built in 1973 in the rolling hills of Tennessee. The course is heavily wooded, and wildlife is abundant. This 18 hole, par 72 course has a driving range, practice green, golf carts and a snack bar. It was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Top 100 public golf courses. Montgomery Bell is home to the Dogwood Classic held each spring. You can make reservations for tee times up to six days in advance. The park is open seven days a week, except Christmas Day.

Lake Acorn
401 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 532-0109

Lake Acorn is a 17-acre body of water with lots of activities. The boat dock is open during the summer season. Private boats are allowed after Labor Day weekend. Gasoline motors are not allowed. You can rent a canoe, paddle boat or jon boat Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the summer. Enjoy fishing on the lake for bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie and other species. There are size limits on most species of fish, so check before you go. You're also required to have a Tennessee fishing license to fish on the lake. Enjoying a relaxing day on the water before heading back to your Dickson bed and breakfast.

Montgomery Bell Trails
1020 Jackson Hill Rd.
Burns, TN 37029
www.stateparks.com

Montgomery Bell State Park has around 19 miles of trails that vary in difficulty and length. You can try a short half-mile hike into the woods, or hike the 12-mile overnight trail for experienced hikers. The overnight hike will take you past three shelters, Creech Hollow Lake and other historic sites. The trails are clearly marked, and there are several streams for filling your water bottle. There are some rules set by park officials to make sure your trip is safe. No pets, firearms or alcoholic beverages are allowed on the trails. Rangers recommend you pick up a trail map at the office before you start your hike.

Butterfly Spotting
1020 Jackson Hill Rd.
Burns, TN 37029
www.tn.gov/environment/parks/MontgomeryBell

The staff at Montgomery Bell State Park offers a variety of programs which appeal to visitors of all ages. One of the more popular programs is butterfly spotting. There are more than 135 types of butterflies that make their home in Tennessee, and 50 of them have been seen in the park. Butterflies can be spotted on flowers, pavement or damp dirt. Approach the butterfly carefully, so you don't scare it away. Feel free to photograph butterflies in the park, but you cannot take any plants or wildlife out. There are many good places in the park for observing butterflies. You can pick up a butterfly checklist at the park office before you begin.