7-8 mile hike at Montgomery Bell State Park

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Times and Locations:

Walmart Car Pool Location:
Time: 9:00 AM CST
Location: 7044 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN
Map:http://goo.gl/maps/ZDEG5
We will be in the Walmart Parking lot, please click the map link to see the exact location marked by the green arrow.

Trail Head:
Montgomery Bell State Park (Office Parking Lot)
Time: 10:00 AM CST
Location: Jackson Hill Rd Burns, TN 37029
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/tBKAC

Post Hike Dinner:
Sportsman’s Grill
Location: 5405 Harding Pike Nashville, TN 37205
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YO3tT

Difficulty Level:
Moderate, no steep sections or tricky footing. Some small stream crossings.

Hiking Distance: 7 to 8 miles, 4-5 hours.

Hike Description:
Montgomery Bell State Park was named after the main founders of the iron industry in Middle Tennessee. We will see old roads, iron ore pits, and even some fragments of slag that provide some hints of the history of the area. Most of the park was logged off long ago, but is now well established forest. The site of the first Cumberland Presbyterian Church is also located in Montgomery Bell State Park. The church was founded in 1810 in the log cabin home of Reverend Samuel McAdow. We will see a replica of the church and the log cabin.

Hike Plan:
I plan to take this trail in the reverse direction this time. We start and end at the park office parking lot. First we will go past the campgrounds to reach the old ore pits which are still a very impressive sight. Then we will visit the log cabin and old stone church replicas, pass the Hall Cemetery, Hall Springs and shelter, take the boardwalk to see the wet lands, hike beside Lake Woodhaven, go past a second shelter, finally reaching Creech Hollow lake, then making our way back to the park office. We will plan on taking a lunch break around noon, perhaps at the Hall Springs shelter.
The pace will be relaxed, with frequent stops for breaks or photo opportunities.
We will return to the car pool location before heading to the Sportsman’s Grill, allowing anyone how does not want to eat afterwards to still car pool.

Link to Montgomery Bell State Park: http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/montgomery-bell

Notes:
Bring plenty of water and snacks to sustain you.
Comfortable shoes or hiking boots.
There are some small water crossings.
Hiking poles are suggested.
Dogs on leashes are allowed.
Any Questions? E-mail I'll be happy to answer them.