Guide to Bells Bend Park

Guide to Bells Bend Park

Covering 808 acres in northwest Davidson county, Bells Bend Park is another of Nashville's amazing parks.  The park includes the Bells Bend Outdoor Center which houses various natural and cultural history displays and programming space; a library with a collection of natural and cultural history titles and local history folders; the historic 1842 Buchanon House; a demonstration garden by the Friends of Bells Bend; and the main trailhead for six miles of hiking trails.  Here's your guide to the park with maps to the hiking trails and mountain biking trails. 

Bells Bend Park Information 

4187 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37218
(615) 8624187 phone
(615) 8802239 fax

Bells Bend Park Overview

Bells Bend park is Located in western Davidson County, this park takes its name from a peaceful arc of the Cumberland River known as Bells Bend. This rural preserve is defined by its agricultural history, its bountiful opportunities for viewing wildlife, and a landscape shaped by the river. This 808 acre pastoral park opened to the public in 2007 and supports habitat for plants, migratory birds and other wildlife. Bells Bend Park offers Nashville residents and visitors access to a unique three-fold experience: cultivating knowledge of the natural world, developing outdoor recreation skills, and understanding cultural impacts upon the land.

Bells Bend Campsite

Bells Bend Camping

The primitive campground in Bells Bend Park features 10 campsites with camping platforms and fire rings as well as a central fire ring with picnic tables in the middle of the campground. Water and restrooms are available at the nearby outdoor center. Camping is open only to groups (no individuals) at this time. It is a great location for those who want to experience a night of camping without much of a driving time since it is located in the county. The cost for groups in county is $50.00 for the entire campground. For individuals or families wishing to camp, free supervised camping nights are available most months featuring night hikes, fishing, and other activities with the park’s outdoor specialist.

Bells Bend Camping Fees

One tent-site with fire-grill... $10.00 resident / $11.00 non-resident
Exclusive use of tent-sites... $50.00 resident / $55.00 non-resident

Bells Bend Fishing

Fishing at Bells Bend

Bells Bend Park has numerous ponds, many of which are maintained as amphibian and bird habitat. The two largest ponds were stocked with fish and provide great beginner experiences for children, There are also several places along the trail with mowed paths to the river. Fishing is allowed, but state fishing regulations apply.


Bells Bend Mountain Biking

Bells Bend Outdoor Center will soon add mountain bike trails to further enhance the plentiful offerings of Metro Parks. Working in partnership with the Middle Tennessee chapter of IMBA–SORBA, Bells Bend plans 4.8–5.0 miles of proposed single–track trails ideal for beginner riders, children and families. The landscape will include small rock formations, some exposed roots, open fields, and rolling hills.
There will be two loops rated at the beginner/intermediate level. One loop will offer a slower–paced, relaxed ride for cruisers and one loop will be more technical with a few switchbacks. The system will be utilized in either a clockwise or counter–clockwise direction. The trails will be closed in wet weather conditions. Port–O–Let facilities and water will be available at the trailhead or visitors can utilize the restroom facilities at the Bells Bend Outdoor Center. For easy access to the trail system, parking will be available at either the trailhead or at the Bells Bend Outdoor Center. The proposed mountain bike trails at Bells Bend are not open yet and are coming soon. The proposed trails will be maintained by volunteers from the Middle Tennessee chapter of IMBA–SORBA.

Bells Bend Mountain Bike Trail Map

Bells Bend Trail Maps 

Bells Bend Park offers a 2.3 mile loop trail, several old farm road trails and two trailheads. Bells Bend Trail Maps are available at the nature center trailhead. 




Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Guides, Parks