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Bells Bend is a largely undeveloped area in western Nashville, located in the curve of the Cumberland River. This secluded community is only a short drive from busy Charlotte Pike. It also boasts one of the most recently constructed public parks in the city.
Bells Bend Outdoor Center is a unique public park because of its focus on observing and preserving the environment. While it lacks playgrounds or ball fields, the expansive park has miles of hiking trails and campgrounds. Visitors can participate in programs that train them to track animals, observe birds, and discover how the early residents of the area lived. The solar-powered nature center provides information on the local ecosystem. The park also houses an important archaeological dig.
The John C. Tune Airport is located across the Cumberland River from Bells Bend. The airport is primarily for small planes, helicopter flights, and flight training. The airport has a weekly fly-in, which allows the general public to attend a luncheon with the pilots who use the facility.
Another building of public interest near Bells Bend is the old Tennessee State Prison. Film fans might find the architecture of this abandoned facility familiar. The prison was featured in the films Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Last Castle.
For the nautically inclined, there is a small marina on the Cumberland. The access point is across from Bells Bend in Cockrill Bend.
Shopping and dining options are available just north of Bells Bend along Ashland City Highway and south of Bells Bend across the river in on Charlotte Pike.