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Level: Intermediate
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +571/ -594 ft
Total: 165 riders

Mountain Biking Montgomery Bell State Park Mtb Trail

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#25 of 199 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#1,155 in the world

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!

First added by Baneamofe on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Nashville Tn, take I-40w approx 20 miles to Dickson/Fairview exit (Hwy 96)and turn L towards Dickson. After approx 10 miles you will T into Hwy 70. Turn R following signs to the park. You will see a "park entrance 500 feet" sign on your right then take 1st L onto Laurel Furnace Rd. Take a R onto Jones Creek Rd and then 2nd L onto Bill Duke Rd. Take immediate R into trailhead parking lot.
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  • JollyRogerX

    A lot of trails for intermediate riders and above. Not much here for beginners. The red trail that connects most of the trails gets a lot of traffic and suffers from erosion and there are a few other spots that could use a little love. Still a great trail system with a little work could be 5 stars again...

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  • prcleburne113064

    Wide variety of trails....but ALWAYS Rooty!!!

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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter

    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

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  • jmymack

    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.

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  • Steven Vanden Noven

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

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  • Josh Smithson

    It doesn't sound like a bad trail system. It just sounds like it was above your skill level

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  • Pinhed

    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.

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  • ky275

    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.

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  • Billh71

    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.

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  • giantman25

    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.

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  • WRS223

    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.

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  • djcmmoore   ✓ supporter

    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.

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  • Trail Kicker

    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.

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  • Jenny McMillen-Charles

    After much anticipation, I rode MB today including much of the white trails, the red, blue and green...can't comment on the yellow. The beginner's section was nice, very relaxing, not much elevation change and flowy. A bed of pine needles covers the ground on most of the red. The white was the most difficult section of trail in my humble opinion because of so many hill climbs...its an aerobic workout for sure but not much fun as I had to walk my bike as much as I rode. The green downhill section is a blast but erosion has caused some downhill areas to become downright dangerous. The blue and green are great for speed but quick turns and trees had me riding my breaks quite a bit...I think I'll build my skills a bit more before trying the green. All in all a good time esp. for a skilled beginner.

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  • Jetnjeff29r

    I think they need a 10 point rating system, cause it is between a 4 and a 5 or a 9 on a 10 point scale. I say loose only because of the pine needles and almost disintegrated leaves.

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  • Cotharyus

    This is a great trail system, on the whole. I've ridden most of it in my two trips out there, and there's something for everyone. I would give a nod to the white trail, it's the most east-coast technical narrow trail in the area. Everything else generally feels fast and flowing, and there are some great features up here, although I think the climb and descend numbers may be a little optimistic.

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  • jim71mitch

    I like this track. I branched out part of yellow. But I don't think I really took in the whole course. I would definitely like to ride with someone who is experienced on this course. Just to take in all the loops. Nothin I rode was overly difficult. Some hills were demanding but not impossible for the intermediate rider. If you live in the Clarksville area I would choose Canal Loop LBL over this one. My opinion it's just better. Can anyone say for sure how long the longest run is? Just curious.

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  • scrux

    I rode this trail on 4/15/2013. It was a well marked trail with signage at every intersection. It is well laid out given the amount of land it is on. It's not that fast of a trail due to switchbacks, short climbs and descents, as well as many roots that jar you and kill your momentum. I ride a full suspension Trek Top Fuel 9.8 and still got pretty beat up by the roots. Not rocky at all. I rode everything but the yellow trail and put in 18 miles in an afternoon. I may go do the yellow later this spring if I can get back over there. I'd give it 3.5/5 stars. With 5 being Moab trails. Go ride AEDC near Tullahoma, TN. It's a blast!

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    Rode Red, Yellow, Green and partially Blue loops. Great flowy trails with signs everywhere - easy to navigate. Creek crossings are fun. Chain Reaction section is a true blast. Wish I had more time to check out Downhill. Trail no too hilly, all climbs are rideable especially with good use of momentum. I rode something similar in Indiana (Brown County State Park).
    Great intermidiate trail all around and even beginners if careful could ride Yellow trail.

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  • malathion

    the only place to bike when it's wet around here. the downhill part is just one big dip but it's fun - do it from either end a few times and it's a pretty good kick.the yellow part will make you work, but the climbs are long so not too bad. gotta agree the switchbacks can be monotonous but if you like that style then it's very nice. the best part was how some of the trails were covered in a plush carpet of pine needles- a sweet feeling after rocks and dry dirt. lots of log hops. stream crossings are great. you have to ride this one if you're visiting nashville. very well marked and well maintained.

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