Date of Stay: March, 2016
1020 Jackson Hill Road, Burns, TN
$25-electric (20/30/50)/nightly (Rates for tent and non-electric sites also available)
(Advance registrations, online or phone-in, are charged a $5.00 non-refundable fee; Tennessee does not charge an access fee for any state park.)
Montgomery Bell is a lovely state park with lots of trees and a creek that runs beside it. The sites are very spacious, although we did have a little trouble backing in due to the amount of trees along the road. Not impossible, but you’ll have to take your time maneuvering in. All of the electric sites can accommodate up to 60’ rigs. Keep in mind, though, that only 40 of those sites have sewers. Be sure to ask when reserving if you’re wanting full hook-ups.
Each back-in site has picnic tables and grills. Due to invasive insects in the trees, a “Don’t Move Firewood” policy is in effect. You can learn more about the firewood policy at http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/. There are 2 pull-through sites for ADA accessibility. Three bathhouses are located on-site and a large day use area with 4 pavilions available for rent. These group pavilions can to accommodate up to 40 – 70 people. There is access to the creek, trails and a playground nearby.
Just up the road is the Inn at Montgomery Bell which overlooks Lake Acorn. If you’re looking to dine out, The Forge restaurant, located in the inn, offers casual, upscale dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We didn’t partake in the dining experience, but the website photos look yummy! And although we don’t golf, the Tennessee Golf Trail, home of The Dogwood Classic, will provide you with a challenging course and some of the most fantastic scenery in Tennessee. However, you may want to be mindful of the deer, geese and wild turkeys that tend to be found in the heavily wooded area surrounding the course!
We found the park enchanting and will definitely stay again! (Even though we had some unfortunate luck during our visit.) Read about all that mess here! Breaking down in a state park is, well, it is what it is!
I’ll simply say we are forever grateful to the Tennessee park rangers for their hard work in getting us back on the road! And although we had a minor set back, we will remember Montgomery Bell for its beautiful, peaceful campground and the over-the-top efforts of those park rangers! We highly recommend!