Montgomery Bell State Park RV & Campground Guide


Once the beating heart of Tennessee’s legendary iron industry, Montgomery Bell State Park is located just seven miles east of the town of Dickson in Dickson county -- and only a short drive from Nashville. Its 3,700+ acres include stunning Tennessee countryside, of course, but also a suite of modern conveniences that make it perfect for any sort of outing.

For instance, the park boasts a conference center that’s equipped to host up to 500 people, and an onsite restaurant open daily and available for catering. There’s also an inn as well as a well-appointed campground, whose 94 sites include many that can accommodate 60-foot campers.

Montgomery Bell State Park also offers a wide variety of organized events, from fun runs to night sky viewings to golf cart safaris. It’s also a great place to just plain kick back if you need a break from reality -- and in this guide, we’ll explain all the details you need to do it in comfort and style!

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Spring 35-76 F
Summer 62-85 F
Fall 33-79 F
Winter 22-50 F
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Nearby Cities
Dickson, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Montgomery Bell State Park

As we alluded to in the intro above, Montgomery Bell State Park is a great place to stay as an RVer -- that is, if you can get a reservation. Many of its generously-sized campsites include water and electric hookups, and almost half of them are also equipped for sewer service.

The campground is open all year round, and rates start at an uber-affordable $15. That said, they do fill up fast… so if you find yourself stranded, take heart! Here are some other RV campgrounds in the Montgomery Bell area.

(Psst: still stuck in a tent? As much as we love getting reacquainted with nature, we have to admit, air conditioning’s pretty nice… especially in a sweaty Tennessee summer. To upgrade your next camping experience to the next level, check out the privately-owned travel trailers and motorhomes available at RVshare!)

Dickson RV Park

If you’re looking for a spot that’s local and offers all the basics without any fancy frills, Dickson RV Park has you covered. With full-hookup, pet-friendly sites and seasonal rates available, you may just decide you want to stay for longer than you thought!

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: pool, pull-thru sites

Tanbark Campground

Comprised of a serene and sprawling 120-acre parcel of land just a few miles south of Dickson, Tanbark Campground is an ideal resting spot that’s easy to find from the highway. Its hookup sites offer up to 50 amps of electrical service, and it’s equipped with on-site bath house and laundry facilities, so you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy all the state park has to offer at your leisure. (Oh, and did we mention it’s a Passport America property?)

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: n/a
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: heated bath house, on-site laundry, picnic tables, Passport America discount

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What to Do at
Montgomery Bell State Park

Inside Montgomery Bell State Park

If you’ve ever wandered through a Tennessee forest trail, you probably don’t need to be told why Montgomery Bell State Park is an attractive destination. The lush landscape and cool countryside breezes speak for themselves. 

But just in case you’re wondering what all you’ll do with yourself once you get there, here are some of the most common pastimes pursued inside the park.

Hiking, biking, and birding - If you’re all about getting back in touch with nature the old fashioned way, Montgomery Bell State Park won’t disappoint. It’s got a vast network of hiking and mountain biking trails, and its trees are home to some of the most beautiful and unique birds in the state -- so be sure to remember to look up!

Paddling and swimming - Boats (without outboard motors) are allowed on all three lakes inside Montgomery Bell State Park, and the swim beach on Lake Acorn is free and available to the public, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Kayaks and pedal boats are also available for rental at an affordable cost of $18 per hour.

Golfing - Montgomery Bell State Park is home to a unique, wooded golf course that was originally built back in 1973 and redesigned in 1988. Keep an eye out for the deer, geese, and wild turkey who call the course home while you’re swinging!

Fishing - Properly-licensed Tennessee fisherfolk can reel bass, bream, and catfish from 50-acre Lake Woodhaven.

Outside Montgomery Bell State Park

While there’s certainly no shortage of fun to be had inside Montgomery Bell State Park, there’s also plenty to do in the surrounding area! Here are a few ideas if you’re in need of a non-state-park day trip.


You’ve gotta eat, so you oughta eat well. Here are some local spots to get your grub on -- because as it turns out, you can’t subsist on s’mores alone. (Trust us, we tried!)

Ronnie’s Q

You can’t really say you’ve been to the south if you don’t sample some authentic barbecue while you’re at it. If you’re looking for the kind of local haunt that’s well-known enough not to need a website, head to Ronnie’s Q -- but make sure you get there before they run out!

Type: BBQ

Location: Dickson, Tennessee


Upgrade mealtime from a pleasant distraction to a “dining experience” by making the trip to Lugo’s, which offers elevated American fare with fine wines to accompany. From classics like shrimp scampi to a full-pound ribeye, one thing’s for sure: you won’t leave hungry.

Type: American

Location: Dickson, Tennessee


We know you won’t get bored inside Montgomery Bell State Park. But that doesn’t mean there’s not fun stuff it’s worth your time to take a look at outside the park borders!

Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

Want a peek into yesteryear and to experience what life was like back at the turn of the 20th century? The Clement Railroad Hotel Museum is one of the few remaining examples of a railroad hotel in a small Tennessee town, and it’ll definitely transport you to a whole new state of mind.

Location: Dickson, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

Okay, we get it: recommending a whole city is a little vague. But what can we say? No matter what you get into in Nashville, you won’t be disappointed. Swing by the Grand Ole Opry or enjoy more modern music by bar-hopping on broadway. Or head to East Nashville for thrift shopping and an epic brunch. Either way, it’s one heck of an urban adventure! 

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How to Get to
Montgomery Bell State Park

Montgomery Bell State Park is located just east of Dickson, Tennessee along US-70, and is accessible from Nashville via I-40. For the best directions from wherever you are, plug the following address into your GPS or navigational system:

Montgomery Bell State Park

1020 Jackson Hill Road

Burns, Tennessee 37029

Entering Montgomery Bell State Park

Like all Tennessee state parks, Montgomery Bell is free to enter, though fees are assessed for boat rentals, use of camping facilities, and other activities. The park is to visitors open 24 hours a day, year-round… so it’s never the wrong time for adventure!

Whether you find yourself enjoying your Montgomery Bell State Park adventure in the comfort and convenience of an RVshare rental, or your travel plans lead you somewhere else entirely, we can’t wait to learn all about what you get into. Tag us in your social media posts, or send details and photos to us directly at We may choose your trip to be featured on our blog or social media channels!