Montgomery Bell State Park Mtb Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.72 out of 5
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Intermediate
25.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 7,000 ft
↓ 8,700 ft
698
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is now open after 10 years of intense volunteer effort and has something to offer for every level of rider.The 25 mile trail is all singletrack that follows the natural contours of the rolling and sometimes steep hardwood forest. There is a beautiful spring fed creek that you will overlook in many sections as well as lots of wildlife. The trail consists of five sections identified by color code and lots of easy to read signs at all intersections. They are White (beginner), Blue (intermediate), Red/perimeter (intermediate/advanced), Yellow (advanced), and the Downhill section which is very challenging with deep drops,moguls, and bridges (advanced only!). All sections are rideable by any level of rider but are designated here as to their respective level of difficulty. All sections have some combination of climbs long and short, drop ins, creek crossings, rocks, and other types of natural obstacles. You will definitely have lots of choices depending upon your ability level!


The park observes a temporary closure period off and on during the months of Jan/Feb/March because of freeze/thaw conditions and has a trail condition number (615-797-9051 ext 18) that you can call before coming. The rule is that if it is below 32 degrees and the ground is frozen then it is ok to ride. Please be advised that there is a stiff fine ($165.00) if the policy is abused. You will also need to pay a $3 day use fee at the trailhead site or you can opt for the year round pass at $40 (available at the main park office only!) which goes directly back into the park for upkeep and maintainence. If you are interested in becoming involved in the ongoing trail work, please contact the park office or and become a volunteer. Enjoy your ride!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  LeighS68   on Aug 7, 2019
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Reviews (45)
 

Singletrack


August 8, 2019
LeighS68 Singletrack  
 
Review: This is a pretty good trail system, that is if we are talking about the trails. The trail marking really needs some attention. I am a very good land navigation person (something 12 years as airborne infantry teaches you), but ended up getting off the yellow trail and took the road to the trailhead. Overall the erosion damage adds another element to your riding, but this is a good ride




Granny Gear

June 13, 2019
jmymack Granny Gear  
 
Review: I have road the red perimeter trail and the white trail this week 6/12/19. Both have a mix of easy to fairly difficult sections. Some of the climbs and roots sections are definitely a intermediate level. Lots of sections on the white trail would be difficult for a complete novice, but the offer a great place to practice. I believe the heavy spring rains have added to the overall trail difficulty by exposing more root and rock.




Granny Gear

August 15, 2016
Pinhed Granny Gear  
 
Review: Took my 7 year old here today for his first experience mountain biking in the woods.
This is not the trail to do that on. Even though we stuck to the red trail, it was way too technical - rooty, rocky, and VERY Slick. We walked our bikes 98% of the way.
It needs maintenance performed badly. The trail seems washed out in sections. The grip on the bridges is worn away and covered in slick moss / algae. I will not be returning to this trail anytime soon.



 

Granny Gear

January 31, 2019
 
Review: Dude, the red trails are rated intermediate and advanced on this trail system. Not the best place to take your beginning 7 year old.



 

Granny Gear

January 10, 2019
 
Review: It doesn't sound like a bad trail system. It just sounds like it was above your skill level




Granny Gear

August 15, 2016
Pinhed Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail is not beginner friendly at all. I took my 7 year old son and he was unable to ride 95% of the red trail. Very big let down for his first experience mountain biking in the woods.

Very rocky and rooty and slick everywhere. A friend that was with us slid off the slick wood bridge and ended up in a ditch on his back with his bike on top of him.
WIll not be returning to this trail. We will stick to Lock 4 and Cane Ridge.This was not worth the drive.




Granny Gear

April 4, 2016
ky275 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Not ideal trail system for riding. Wouldn't be bad for hiking/running, but has very little "flow" and not well maintained. Blue and red loops aren't bad, but we didn't feel it was enough mileage to justify the drive out. The expert sections weren't challenging due to climbs, but rather roots, washed out trail, and loose rock. Trail head is well marked, easy to find, and access to a port-potty. As said, would be great for a run or day hike.




Gramcounter

March 30, 2016
Billh71 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Hidden gem! I love the Zoom Flume. A little of everything and 20 miles of beautiful woods. Low traffic too compared to trails in Raleigh but I am usually here on vacation and riding during m-F. Very fun trail.




Granny Gear

March 19, 2016
giantman25 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Just went out there 3 days ago. I only rode the white trail, which was fun but it's been used so much that there were so many roots. I usually enjoy the chatter of going over roots, but you couldn't go 2 feet without hitting a patch of them. 5 miles in my knees and back were killing me so I didn't get to see the rest of the area. Several creek crossings make for a cool ride though. Beautiful area and it drains very well so it's dry after rain, unlike many trails in the mid Tennessee area. Definitely going back to see the other trails.




Gramcounter

March 24, 2015
WRS223 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Pretty fun trail. It kicked my butt. I'm used to flat trails. I have a 1x10 with a 32t up front. I didn't have enough gears for my Clydesdale self.




Gnarly


March 10, 2015
djcmmoore Gnarly  
 
Review: I don't understand why MBell is not higher rated, I really think it's one of the finest trails in Mid. Tn. It's almost entirely singletrack with ridable terrain. If you want difficult there is an expert section that's challenging for sure but most beginner/intermediates will find the trails not only scenic but fun.
If you are looking for miles, it's not difficult to get 20 or more miles without a lot of overlap though there is a lot of back and forth.
If you live in Middle Tn you need to ride here, it will most likely become your favorite trail.

Similar Trail: Lock 4




Gnarly


January 25, 2015
 
Review: 20 miles of singletrack and much of it bi-directional, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to oops I'm in over my head (yellow and green). Nice variety as well. A great southern trail and, in my opinion, the best XC trail in the Nashville area. Pack a lunch and enjoy a great day in a Tennessee hardwood forest.



Montgomery Bell State Park Mtb Trail MTB Trail 3.72 out of 5 based on 45 ratings. 45 user reviews.
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