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Montgomery Bell State Park Mtb Trail

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

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This trail is now open after ten years of intense volunteer effort and is a true testament to all those who gave of their free time to build it. It is all singletrack and follows the IMBA design guidelines with something for every level of ability. There are five distinct sections all designated by a color code and signs, White (beginner),Blue (intermediate),Red (intermediate/advanced), Yellow (advanced), and a downhill section with some very deep drops and mogul section (advanced ONLY!). The trail follows the natural contours of the property through deep hardwood forest and overlooking a spring fed creek that runs down the center. On the Downhill and Yellow loops you will find some very challenging climbing, deep drop-ins, bridges, and jumps for some serious white-knuckle fun! The nicest feature of this property is the soil which drains exceptionally well year round when other local trails stay too wet. There is a temporary closure policy that will observed during the months of Jan/Feb/March when we have freeze/thawing of the topsoil. The rule is, if it is below 32 degrees and frozen then it is rideable, if not then it is closed. The park office has a trail condition line that will have current updates before you make your trip (615-797-9051 ext 18). Please be aware that there is a very stiff fine for violating this rule ($165.00) and it is patrolled daily.

Montgomery Bell State Park is one of the largest parks in the Tennessee system and boasts excellent camping facilities as well as their Inn with beautiful views of the lake. After you ride, make it a point to take in the buffet which has something for every appetite! Truly outstanding food and natural scenery! If you are interested in becoming a part of the ongoing trail maintainence, please contact or the staff at the park. We sincerely hope you enjoy your riding experience in middle Tennessee!
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Latitude
36.089060460282006
Longitude
-87.27951049804688
Trail Directions
From Nashville Tn, take Hwy 70w to White Bluff, Tn.(Approx 30 miles) After passing the Shell station on R and the Park Motor Co.on L, take your first R onto Jones Creek Rd.Passing the Ebbtide boat plant, take the next R onto Bill Duke Rd and immediate R into trailhead parking lot. Alternate interstate route is I-40w to Hwy 96 exit (Fairview/Dickson). Take L off ramp towards Dickson. Stay on 96 until it tees into Hwy 70 (approx 10 miles)then take R following signs to the park. Take L onto Laurel Furnace Rd (last L before park main entrance)and it will T into Jones Creek Rd. Take a R and 2nd left into Bill Duke Rd. Take immediate R into parking lot.
Trail Length
Approx 13 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
White Bluff
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Review Date
September 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Borobiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It was a good trail. Lots of paths for all skill levels. Well worth the ride to get there.

Recommended Route:
We did some white, red and blue, all good. Pretty good signage.



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Review Date
March 7, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Elduder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is the third time I have been here and it gets better every time. They added better signage that was probably my only complaint about this place. There is plenty of trail to keep you busy all day. I would recommend this trail to anyone who enjoys ripping up a great cross country ride. Since they do seasonal closures here the trails were in fantastic shape.

Recommended Route:
I generally start doing the easier stuff first because it is so much fun. That is the red/white trails. The white does not get ridden too much so when we were here it was still pretty leaf covered.From here we took the blue trail back to the main trail intersection. Now this was a lot of fun just fast and flowy. I have in the past taken the downhill green trail. I really like the blue route better just better flow. On this trip we pretty much skipped the green but it is still a lot of fun to ridde. From here we took the Yellow or most advanced trail here. Nothing too crazy just more fun. the Esses and Chain Reactoin were a blast. Just riding in and out of big bowls that just linked up one after the other.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I hear Hamilton Creek is good but we go to Land Between the Lakes up in KY which is about 2.5 hours away. This makes a great weekend of riding.



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Review Date
July 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Elijah09 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Since I have been riding now officially for about 10 months I have been to about 4 trails in the middle Tennessee area. I started off at Lock 4 an have made my way to Montgomery Bell. Being from the West Nashville area this is by far the easiest trail to get to. I would venture to say that if you live in Franklin or anywhere around there, this would be the same for you as well. The trail head is very easy to spot as it is marked by bushes and posts. The parking is awesome by the way! Everything is paved an you don’t have to worry about making your own parking spot. I would say that they need to put maybe a covered picnic area next to the parking lot being that it is a state park it should be easy to do. As far as the trails go, I thought they where awesome for whats around. They beat the hell out of Hamilton Creek IMO and are very well marked by engraved 4X4’s , street signs and of course markings on the trees. I rode blue to green(downhill) to yellow. The green by far is my favorite pic. Watch out for some run off from rain water in some areas especially in the downhill. I almost ate Sh!t one time coming down a pretty big hill due to ruts in the trail. Yellow is a cardio workout an the trail is under a lot of pine trees so it can get slick from the needles. Also you can loose the trail from the amount of needles on the trail. The creek that runs through the trails is pretty nice in the fact that there is Not a lot of slime in the water so you don’t have to worry about wrecking there either. The first time I saw that I was getting ready to go thought the creek I was like “ooo sh#t SLIMME” I was def. worried but my tires gripped pretty well. All in all this will now be my home trail!

Recommended Route:
Take 40 west from Nashville an get off at the Dickson Exit. Or get off of 40 in Bellevue an take 70 all the way out there. 70 will run into the state park an the road to get to the trails will be on your left. All in all about 30 min away from the Vanderbilt area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lock 4



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Review Date
March 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MtnSpectre ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
So I finally made it up to this bike trail. Very glad I did! Not from around here and haven't been riding my bike very much lately down in the Savannah area. This trail was fun and it was also a eye opener for me. I did all of blue and some of white to check it out for my girlfriend. Then I jumped on the downhill and part of yellow out of curiosity. All were much better than Rotary Park in clarksville. As far as technical.....like I said, it's been a while since i've ridden by mountain bike and I still feel sketchy on it. I didn't see anything on the Downhill or yellow trails that would make it an expert trail and I rode them on my HT. Intermediate I think I would classify them as. Still they were very fun! Now the eye opener is they did kick my butt cardiovascularly. Do I plan on going back? OH YEAH! Kudos to the guys that built this!

Recommended Route:
Ha ha....i'm still working on that.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ummmmmmm......you tell me



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Review Date
March 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: braider33 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Not sure what was wrong, probably operator error, but when I punched the coordinates into my Garmin, this Lat/Long had me in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, this was my first time riding Montgomery Bell and it was totally worth the drive from Clarksville. Went with two friends who I consider to be in much better cardio shape and this system proved it. Boy was I smoked. Totally awesome group of trails. The parking lot has a great map that allows even first-timers to plan out the route best suited for their riding ability/style. All of the trails were well marked. The bridgework is in really good shape. Even though it's early Spring, the trails were in great shape.

Recommended Route:
Being my first time out, I'm not sure I know which route is best. We hit red and white on the way out and then caught green for a while. Thought we were doing the downhill course but there was a ton of climbing. Maybe we made a wrong turn. Met a guy in the parking lot and he mentioned that green and yellow are a great cardio course and having ridden some green, I would have to agree. There's a lot to do out here and tons of trails left to explore.



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