The Montgomery Bell Trail is a great 10.4 mile loop to cover everything Montgomery Bell State Park has to offer and a bit of a preview of the Bell Ringer 50K. The trail is well blazed ”White” for the most part, and with the exception of one area signs indicate which direction the MB trail runs when there are intersections.
The trail travels through varied terrain, regularly following a stream that runs through the hardwood forest. There are a few stream crossings without bridges that, depending on water level, may require getting your feet wet. The trail passes by two lakes, both popular fishing spots. Train tracks, golf courses, homes, and even a cemetery are found along the trail.
Finally, it may be worth noting that going counter-clockwise one will see occasional mile-markers along the trail. They are not always easy to spot but they are there. The zero mark is at the visitor center trailhead.
Bummer, I drove all the way to the park only to find out ALL the trails in the park were closed due to recent storms with fallen trees over the trail. Coincidentally, I was coming from another Tennessee state park, Frozen Head, where none of the trails were closed yet also with lots of damaged trails from erosion and downed trees. On another road trip I will plan to swing by to run this course.
I will be running the loop tomorrow morning! Hopefully it isn't totally obstructed. It's about time for a time to be put up in the park!