Bledsoe Creek State Park

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Bledsoe Creek State Park

Tennessee

(615) 452-3706

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Things To Do

Overview

This 164-acre park is located on the Bledsoe Creek embayment of Old Hickory Lake. The lake was created by the U.S. Corps of Engineers near the old 1780's settlement of Cairo in Sumner County. The surrounding community is rich with history. The park was named for settler Isaac Bledsoe, who built a frontier fort close to here in 1779. Bledsoe's Lick provided water and attracted game. The game in turn attracted American Indians, who lived in Castallian Springs, a large prehistoric Mississippian village. The game later attracted white settlers, who hunted the abundant buffalo. Nearby Wynnewood, an early stagecoach stop, is the largest standing log structure in Tennessee. The park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and picnicking. The park has low hills which fade into a flat shoreline. Visitors can see white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, beaver, bobcats, foxes, and muskrats. Lucky visitors may spot bald eagles and golden eagles in the winter.

Map of Bledsoe Creek (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.377913, -86.356177

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park offers two boat launch ramps. One is located inside the park for registered campers only, and one is located just outside the park on Ziegler's Fort Road for the general public. Both provide access to Old Hickory Lake.

  • Camping

    The park features 57 level campsites, 65 feet in length and 25 feet wide. Each site is paved and features a fire ring, grill, lantern holder, and picnic table. Forty-three of the campsites have 50/30 amp service, and 14 have only 30 amp service available. The campsites are accessible. Showers and restrooms are now available.

  • Fishing

    Bledsoe Creek offers lake fishing on Old Hickory Lake. Catches include bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. A valid state fishing license is required. Fishing licenses are not sold at the park but may be purchased at off-site locations near the park. Fishing is limited to non-wildlife observation areas. Bait and fishing supplies are not sold at the park.

  • Hiking

    There are approximately six miles of hiking trails, one mile of which is paved and accessible. The trails are open year-round. The Shoreline Trail follows the lakeshore and leads visitors to the wildlife observation area. The High Ridge Trail follows the crest of the ridge along the park's northern edge. The Birdsong Trail leads visitors through the woods near the visitor center.

  • Picnicking

    The park has two large picnic shelters. Shelter #1 can accommodate up to 50 people and shelter #2 can accommodate up to 150 people. Pavilions are equipped with grills and have water spigots. There is one picnic area that has approximately 20 individual picnic sites. Each site is equipped with a grill. There is also a ballfield and playground.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground. Forty-three of the campsites have 50/30 amp service, and 14 have only 30 amp service available.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. Many of the activities are best suited for warmer months, but the winter has unique opportunities for viewing bald and golden eagles.

Directions

Driving

From Interstate 65 South: Traveling North from Nashville on I-65, take Exit 95 to Vietnam Veterans Blvd. This will be Hwy. 386. Take Hwy. 386 to Hwy. 31-E North all the way into Gallatin, TN. Pick up Hwy. 25 East and travel approximately 7 miles to mile marker 20. Turn right onto Zieglers Fort Rd. Travel 1 mile to the park entrance.

From Interstate 65 North: Take Hwy. 109 and Franklin Ky. and 31-W exit to Portland, TN, off I-65. Travel approximately 3 miles on Hwy. 31-W south to Hwy. 109 and take a left to Portland and Gallatin. It will be approximately 23 miles to Gallatin. In Gallatin, follow signs to the park.

From Interstate 40 East: Take Hwy. 231 exit off of I-40 through Lebanon, TN. Travel approximately 15 miles to Hwy. 25. Turn left and travel 7 miles to Zieglers Fort Rd. Turn left and travel 1 mile to the park entrance.

From Interstate 40 West: Take the Hwy. 109 and Gallatin exit off of I-40. Travel North approximately 15 miles across the Cumberland River Bridge. Travel approximately 2 miles to Airport Rd. and turn right. Travel this road until you reach the intersection at Hwy. 25. Turn right onto Hwy 25 and travel 2 miles to Zieglers Fort Rd. Turn right and travel 1 mile to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(615) 452-3706

Campground reservations

(615) 452-3706

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