Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
Yes
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Established in 1973, Bledsoe Creek State Park is a 169-acre park located just outside of Gallatin, Tennessee. The area was once a hunting ground for the Cherokee, Creek, Shawnee and Chickamauga Indian tribes. While the bison that once roamed here are long gone, much wildlife is still to be found. Birding is quite popular here. Common species seen include: prothonotary warbler, hairy woodpecker, wood duck, red-shouldered hawk, great blue herons, great egrets, red-eared sliders, and ring-necked duck. Turkeys and larger game such as deer are also common - and not shy about encountering humans. 

There is a large day-use area in the park. Two separate picnic facilities (one of which can hold up to 100 people) are available and can be reserved here. There are even day-use sites that look much like a regular campsite where you can pull-in a vehicle, enjoy a fire or barbecue, and then relax for the day.

Bledsoe Creek State Park is located right on the shore of Old Hickory Lake. This is a very popular fishing destination. Bass, crappie, catfish and sauger can all be caught here. You can fish from the bank or use one of the two different ramps to launch your boat. Please note that the boat ramp near the campground is for use by registered campers only. 

The park hosts regular events including guided hikes, junior ranger camps, art projects, and more on a regular basis. Be sure to check in at the visitor center to see if any of these events are taking place during your stay.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Hiking, boating, fishing, camping and more.

Cons

None.

Features

ADA accessible
Boat ramp(s)
Historically significant
Wildlife
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Rental facilities
Amphitheater
Shelters
Big Game Watching
Fishing
Guided tours
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Bird watching
Horseshoes
Potable water
Covered picnic areas
Playground

Location

Field Guide

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