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Biking

The park has approximately 20 miles of dirt mountain bike trail. The various trails differ in difficulty from easy to difficult.
Mountain Bike Trail Map and Information (printable .PDF format)

Trails

Red: Easy
White: Intermediate
Blue: Intermediate
Green and Yellow: Expert/Advanced riders only

Mountain bikes are only allowed on mountain bike trails. Mountain bikes are not allowed on hiking trails. No motorized bikes on any trails. No hikers or runners on mountain bike trails.

Directions to Bike Trail
From park entrance turn Right (East) onto Hwy 70. Continue on Hwy 70 driving east for less than 2 miles. Turn left onto Jones Creek Rd (first road on left after passing park entrance). Stay on Jones Creek Rd for 1 mile; you will pass Ebb Tide boat factory on right. Turn on the next right at Bill Duke Rd. The parking lot to the Mountain Bike trail is the first road on right.

Boating

Lake Acorn: 17 Acres
The Boat dock on Lake Acorn will be open for the 2007 summer season from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Canoes, paddle boats and jon boats are available for rent Monday thru Friday, 9am - 5pm and Sat. thru Sun., 7am - 5pm. After Labor Day weekend, privately owned boats are allowed on the lake provided your boat does not have an outboard motor attached. Trolling motors are allowed.

Lake Woodhaven: 50 Acres
Lake Woodhaven 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.

Tennessee Boating Regulations

Fishing

There are three lakes at Montgomery Bell State Park: Lake Woodhaven, a 50 acre lake with boat access, Creech Hollow Lake a 17.5 acre lake with no boat access, Lake Acorn a 26 acre lake. There is excellent fishing on all 3 lakes.

All persons fishing are required to have a valid Tennessee Fishing License. All laws, rules and regulations pertaining to fishing apply.

Lake Acorn: Open to fishing, year-around. Private boats allowed September 15-May 15. Gasoline motors are NOT ALLOWED. 15" limit on largemouth bass, 14" limit on channel catfish, creel limit is 5. There is no size limit on crappie, creel limit is 30. No size or creel limit on bluegill, catfish and shell cracker (red-ear).

Creech Hollow: Open to fishing, year round. 15" limit on largemouth bass, 14" limit on channel catfish; creel limit is 5. No size limit on crappie, creel limit is 30. No size or creel limit on bluegill, catfish and shell cracker (red-ear).

Lake Woodhaven: Private boats are allowed year-round, pending on weather conditions. Gasoline motors are NOT ALLOWED. Open to fishing with the following restrictions: there is a slot limit on largemouth bass, no bass under 15 inches. No bass 18-22 inches. One (1) bass over 22 inches. No size limit on crappie, 14" limit on channel catfish, creel limit is 30. No size or creel limit on bluegill, and shell cracker (red-ear).

Tennessee Fishing Regulations

Hiking Trails

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, open year-round.

From The Tennessee Conservationist's Great Hikes With Fran Wallas:
Montgomery Bell State Park A Six-Mile Overnight Hike For Beginners of All Ages

Trail maps may be purchased at the park office from 8-4 Monday thru Friday or at the Inn and Conference center anytime.

The collection of park plants and animals is prohibited by state law.

Dogs (and other pets), horses, hunting, firearms, fireworks, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on park trails.

USE OF MONTGOMERY BELL OVERNIGHT TRAIL

HIKING
Maintain at least 3 mile distance between hiking parties. No more than six people are allowed in any one party unless a special permit is obtained from the park manager. Enjoy yourself, but remember to protect all natural features and the rights of other park visitors. Please leave the trails in the same, or better condition than you found them.

CAMPING
A camping permit must be obtained from the park manager, available at the visitor center. Prior reservations are recommended. Camping is permitted only at designated campsites on the Montgomery Bell overnight trail. For this purpose several shelters have been built. Please leave your campsite in such a condition that no one could tell you had camped there. Cutting of live vegetation, littering, piling of rocks, and other activities that would detract from the natural beauty of the park are forbidden.

MOTOR VEHICLES / HORSES / BIKES
No motorized vehicles, bikes or horses are permitted on any park trail. However, some trails utilize existing roads for short distances and hikers should exercise caution in using these sections.

WATER
Water can be found in several springs and creeks throughout the park. This water must be treated with purification tablets or by boiling to make it safe for consumption.

LITTER
The park operates trails on a carry-in-carry-out policy. All disposables that you carry onto a trail must be packed out. If anyone before you has been careless enough to leave litter along the trail, you are encouraged to carry it out.

SANITATION
Human wastes should be deposited at pit toilets located at each campsite.

COLLECTION OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS
The collection of park plants and animals are prohibited by state law. However, berries, nuts, and fruits of park plants may be picked in season for personal use only.

OTHER RULES
Axes or hatchets are not allowed to be carried along the trails. Small backpack saws are permitted.

Swimming

The swimming beach on Lake Acorn will be open for the 2007 summer season from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Hours are: 9am - 6pm.

There are NO lifeguards on duty, therefore visitors are swimming at their own risk. For more information, call the park at 615-797-9051.

Other Activities

Horseshoes, Softball Fields, Volleyball, Exercise Equipment (located at the inn), Basketball, Playgrounds and two Tennis Courts (open 6am-10pm), with swimming available for inn and cabin guests only.