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Great Egret-Bledsoe Creek SP-Photo courtesy of Rick McBride

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation
Open year-round 7 a.m. - sunset

Detailed directions
To the park | From the park

The campground at the park is accessible to persons with a disability.

Park Activities

Boating Camping Fishing Hiking Trails Picnic Facilities

Points of Interest

  Downtown Nashville
  Wynnewood State Historic Site
  Cragfont State Historic Site
  City of Gallatin

Off Highway 25, this 164-acre park is situated on the Bledsoe Creek embayment of the U.S. Corps of Engineers Old Hickory Resevoir near the old 1780's settlement of Cairo in Sumner County.


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 Interestate 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.


The park offers 2 boat launch ramps-one is located inside the park for registered campers only-one is located just outside the park on Ziegler's Fort Road for the general public.

Tennessee Boating Regulations (exit TDEC)


There are 72 camp sites with water and electrical hookups and also equipped with picnic tables and grills. There is a new bathhouse facility with showers and lavatories now available. No reservations are taken for camp sites.

Dumping fees are included in camping fee.

Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Phone number for the campground: 615-452-3706


Bledsoe Creek offers lake fishing on Old Hickory Lake. Catches include bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie. A valid TN 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

Tennessee Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
Tennessee State Parks fishing policies

Hiking Trails

There are approximately 6 miles of hiking trails, 1 mile of which is paved and accessible to persons with a disability.

Trails are open year round

Park Map

Picnic Facilities

The park has 2 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.

Day Use Features:

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.


Park Rangers can provide environmental programs year round with some advance notice. Photo Album

Other Activities

Other activities available:
**Sports equipment is NOT provided.

Tour Buses

Roads inside the park are not accessible to tour buses.