The primary habitat is open forest with small field openings and roadway edges. The lakes attract small numbers of waterfowl such as mallard and wood duck, and bald eagle primarily in winter. Twenty miles of trails wind through woods or adjacent to roadways or fields, allowing observation of such residents as Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, barred owl, and many more. During migration, a variety of warblers can be seen along with breeding red-eyed and yellow-throated vireos. Northern parula can be heard or seen in summer at the creek next to the visitor center. Montgomery Bell has had 139 species identified. For more park and nearby birding locations, VIEW FLYER.
Kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, and flat bottom fishing boats are rented for use on Lake Acorn through Broken Paddle Outfitters staffing the onsite boat dock station. Broken Paddle Outfitters can be contacted at 615-669-8196. Private boats are allowed on Lake Acorn.
The park has approximately 23 miles of dirt mountain bike trails winding through thick-forested hills of the northern section of the park. The trails vary in complexity from easy to difficult. Know your own physical and technical abilities. VIEW/DOWNLOAD MAP.
Boating is allowed on all three lakes at Montgomery Bell State Park. Outboard motors are not allowed on boats at any time on any of the lakes. The Lake Woodhaven boat ramp is at the boat access entrance.
The swim beach on Lake Acorn is free and available to the public, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.
The course was built in 1973 and then redesigned by designer Gary Roger Baird in 1988. The entire course is heavily wooded and features an abundance of wildlife such as deer, geese and wild turkey.
Montgomery Bell has several hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate, including a 10 mile overnight trail.