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Bells Bend Camping and Outdoor Recreation

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 and 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.

Bells Bend Camping Fees

Bells Bend Campsite

  • 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

Camping Permit

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 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 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 are 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 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 trails will be maintained by park staff and volunteers from the Middle Tennessee chapter of IMBA–SORBA.

Bells Bend Mountain Bike Trail Map

Outdoor Bouldering Rock at Bells Bend Outdoor Center

Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials where you only use your climbing shoes, safety mats, and ingenuity. No ropes or harnesses! While the journey to the top may seem short, getting there poses its own challenges. Solving bouldering "problems" is a great exercise to improve your balance, technique, strength, and strategic thinking. Safety mats are required and available upon request, and you must be 13+

Indoor Rock Climbing Wall at Bells Bend Outdoor Center

This small indoor climbing wall has three auto-belay routes with varying difficulty levels. Routes have varying holds and require different climbing techniques. Climbing harnesses are provided in various sizes, however, shoes and chalk are not.